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Forum topic by Biggamefish posted 01-11-2017 07:37 PM 829 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Biggamefish

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01-11-2017 07:37 PM

Are they good lathes or decent Lathes. If you had to pick between a Jet,Grizzly,Powermatic or Nova which would you pick? I know size matter in this question but I am just looking for quality durabilty reasons.

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Wildwood

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#1 posted 01-11-2017 07:52 PM

Think knowing your budget matters more than size. If budget is tight look at Grizzly quality on their larger lathes lot better than before. If space is a problem look at Nova. Jet had a sale going on not sure if still running. My choice would be between Jet or Powermatic, but Laguna has a nice lathe selling for around $2500 that is worth a look.

We are talking about wood lathes made in China, so good luck with whatever you buy!

-- Bill

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TheDane

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#2 posted 01-11-2017 09:42 PM

I went with a Nova DVR 2024 two years ago, and added a swing-away extension bed. I am very happy with the lathe and the customer service (I had a problem with the remote which Nova bent over backwards to make right).

I can get 44’ between centers if I need it. The 20” swing has come in handy, and the 2.3hp motor provides all of the torque I have needed.

Nova has discontinued the 2024 and replaced it with the Galaxi … haven’t seen one in person but people that have them seem to like them (there are several Galaxi owners her on LJ).

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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Rick M

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#3 posted 01-11-2017 10:22 PM

The only one of those brands I’ve owned was Nova. Given those choices, and price is not a consideration, I would go with Powermatic because of reputation. Second choice would be Jet. Third would be a toss up. The Nova lathe I had, which was a Comet II and really doesn’t compare to the big boys, was not well designed and the bearings were cheap. It left me with a negative impression of the brand. I don’t know anything about Grizzly lathes.

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jeff

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#4 posted 01-12-2017 06:39 AM

Sounds like you want a larger lathe?.Whats your budget?.Powermatics are more expensive.Sawmill Creek Woodworking has a pretty good following with the Grizzly lathes in their Grizzly Green Monster Group.I have a Grizzly bench top model 0658 which I like a lot.Go big and you wont regret it…

-- Jeff,Tucson,Az.

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Eric S.

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#5 posted 01-13-2017 05:24 AM

Powermatic is my dream lathe. Since I don’t have $4k to spend on a lathe, I own a Jet and a Rockler Excelsior.

-- Why waste the money buying it, when I can spend twice as much on new tools, a week online researching new techniques, and a month building it.

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HokieKen

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#6 posted 01-13-2017 12:26 PM

I’d pick Powermatic just ‘cause they’re awesome and built like tanks. And built well. However, if you throw price into the mix, I wouldn’t pick PM cause my wife wouldn’t let me :-( Jet and Nova have pretty good reputations as far as I can tell and, in general, Grizzly has a good following for value.

Truth is, lathes are probably the simplest of all WW machines, except maybe a drill press. Any of the ones you’re considering will probably be a solid machine that will produce good results if used properly. Differences will come evident when you start moving up in size due to the greater loads on the bearings and spindle and the need for larger motors. Things like reversible spindles, VS drives and greater speed ranges also demand a higher price and may or may not be necessary for you.

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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bigJohninvegas

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#7 posted 01-13-2017 04:14 PM

I went with a Jet 16×42 evs a little over a year ago. Very Happy with it. I have had the opportunity to use several brands before I bought mine. Jet, PM, Oneway, and a wivamac. The last I don’t believe is available here in the USA. Honestly I liked them all. In the end, Jet offerd the largest lathe, and trusted brand name I could afford at the time. I should add that I also looked close at both Grizzly’s GO766, and the 733. I liked what I read, but at the time I did not find a review here or know anyone who had one. Turns out within a month of my purchase, a friend bought a GO766, and about 6 months ago another friend bought one too. Both love there grizzly lathe. The only complaint I have heard is about the banjo being a little tall, and the tool rest post I think is 25mm, where most other brands are 1”. I guess that limits tool rest options. While I am happy with my Jet lathe, I sometimes find myself second guessing the decision to buy the Jet over the Grizzly. Purely based on bang for the buck. Looking at the big popular brands. Jet, Powermatic, Laguna, and Grizzly. Did I forget any? They all look alike now. Which one gives you the swing, bed length, and best Price.

-- John

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Rick M

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#8 posted 01-13-2017 06:25 PM

25mm and 1” are nearly the same size, a 1” post might fit.

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Jack Lewis

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#9 posted 01-14-2017 12:15 AM

Look at Serious tool works. They have a new one that is gorgeous and not too priicy. Good gouges also.

But alas, I got the Grizzly g0766, ok for price.


25mm and 1” are nearly the same size, a 1” post might fit.

- Rick M


No they won’t! Mine is 25MM and a pain in the bucket.

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