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New nova 1624-44 lathe from woodcraft

New nova 1624-44 lathe from woodcraft

12-29-2013 06:03 AM by Norm192 | 6 comments »

Just bought a nova 1624-44 lathe from woodcraft.$899. My previous, and first and only lathe, was a rikon 70-100. I have enjoyed it for about 3 years now. I have turned several 11-1/2” x 4”+ deep bowls on it. That’s maxed out. Great lathe but time to upgrade. The nova came well packaged. Assembly was simple and straight forward. Not impossible by yourself but an easy two man job.Banjo and tail stock lock down rock solid. No graduations on tail stock but operation is smooth. ...

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Video review of the Nova Comet II Midi Lathe

Video review of the Nova Comet II Midi Lathe

12-16-2013 01:05 AM by THOMRIDER | 8 comments »

This is a video review Here is the link http://youtu.be/cKBAlCHqYTI

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GENERAL INTL Variable speed MAXI-LATHE Model# 25-200 M1   REVIEW

GENERAL INTL Variable speed MAXI-LATHE Model# 25-200 M1 REVIEW

09-13-2013 09:25 PM by brian watts | 3 comments »

For one, it’s at least 50 lbs heavier than others — and extra cast-iron is always a benefit for lathes. Mass soaks up vibration, which translates into smoother, steadier cuts. A heavy lathe is also less prone to do the jitterbug across your bench——————————————————————-Inboard, this lathe offers comparable swing (meaning the largest diameter you can turn) to the c...

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For a small lathe, or starter lathe, not bad at all.

For a small lathe, or starter lathe, not bad at all.

06-11-2013 07:28 PM by Tennessee | 15 comments »

I have owned a Powermatic 3520B for quite a few years, with a Stronghold chuck and a fair amount of extra tools. One thing I kept noticing, it just wasn’t that good for small things. Hard to move around those big tool rests, and I just could not get myself to pay somebody $78 for a six inch tool rest. Plus, I hated to take off the Stronghold every time I wanted to do something smaller. Since I had an empty small bench right next to it, I started looking into a small lathe, one I c...

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As the price falls, the rating rises

As the price falls, the rating rises

12-03-2012 03:33 AM by ic3ss | 10 comments »

I found this Jet JWL 1236 lathe on Craigslist and just got it home and set up today. I’ve gone over many reviews of this lathe on the web, and the couple hours use I’ve had today have proven some of the gripes right. I put a 4×4 on it and rounded it, and I found it has a rattle coming from somewhere but the lathe doesn’t shake like some have said. It seems to have enough weight to keep from dancing around. The rattle I think is made worse by the dull tools I was using, ...

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Axminster AWVSWL 1200 / Laguna 1847

Axminster AWVSWL 1200 / Laguna 1847

10-26-2012 12:02 PM by AlexHarris | 9 comments »

So you may remember that in my last shop tour I gave a quick mention to my new lathe the Axminster AWVSWL1200 which appears to me to be the same as the Laguna1847. A few of you have asked me for more detail and what i think of the lathe so here it is! It was quite a long article so check it out on my website: thiswoodwork.com Here is the link: http://thiswoodwork.com/axminster-awvswl1200-laguna-1847/

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Midi Lathe Duplicator Vega 8500 - Worth the price? maybe

Midi Lathe Duplicator Vega 8500 - Worth the price? maybe

10-25-2012 09:50 PM by Nick_R | 4 comments »

I have a delta midi lathe and have been using it for over a year now. I can get things done pretty quickly and have done quite a bit of turning, but one consistent problem has been duplication of pieces that is accurate… I have wanted to build a chess set and a duplicator is necessary. After much research I went with the Vega duplicator because it looked the most complete and easy to use. Not many knocks against it and most actually seems more than satisfied.. I ordered mine fr...

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initial thoughts upon assembling

initial thoughts upon assembling

10-02-2012 06:18 AM by Jimnl | 17 comments »

It looks like Nova needs a little more quality control. While assembling the stand, I cut myself on the leg braces. The edges on the cast iron are jagged and sharp on my unit. The cut wasn’t bad, but enough to make me stop putting the lathe together and take a file to all the cast iron edges. Hopefully tomorrow I will be able to get the motor attached and try it out. The pictures are from after I’ve filed the sharpest edges off.

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Awesome lathe

Awesome lathe

09-01-2012 01:23 AM by dpoisson | 1 comment »

A little about me and where I’m coming from. I’m a newbie turner. Having started just about a year ago or so. I mainly turn game calls. So I won’t be able to comments on this lathe’s ability to turn bigger pieces. I started with a mastercraft 12” lathe 1/3hp (reviewed here on LJ) with electronic variable speed. It did the job surprisingly well, although it lacked a bit of power. The thing that was a bummer with this lathe was that it only accepted MT1 accessor...

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Nova DVR XP lathe

Nova DVR XP lathe

07-18-2012 07:49 PM by Darell | 15 comments »

I’ve had my Nova DVR XP about 16 months and I guess it’s about time to post my review and let other LJ’s know how I like it. Well, I just Love it. For my crowded shop it’s the perfect heavy duty lathe. The DVR has a 16” swing and 24” between centers. It features a 1.75 hp at 115 v or 2.3 hp at 230 v. The DVR is a direct drive variable speed lathe with a speed range from 100 to 3500 rpm. #2 Morse Taper, 1.25×8 headstock threads. It features a 360...

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