Nova Comet II Versaturn Grinding Wheel Attachment

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Forum topic by WisBob posted 02-13-2017 02:10 PM 495 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-13-2017 02:10 PM

I’m new to turning, but just ordered a Nova Comet ll. They have an optional grinding wheel attachment. It seems convenient to have the grinding wheel with the lathe, but I don’t have enough experience to know for sure. It’s cheaper than a stand-alone grinder which sounds good as I’m starting out.

Does anyone have experience with the Comet grinding wheel, or thoughts on having it attached to the lathe?


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#1 posted 02-13-2017 02:36 PM

If this is the one that attaches to the hand-wheel on the left side of the headstock, I would pass.

It isn’t that much cheaper (Rockler lists it at $52.49 plus the required coupler for $31.49), and essentially takes over the lathe’s hand-wheel. It would seem you either get along without using a hand-wheel or you grip the grinding wheel to manually rotate the spindle when threading on a chuck, marking out a blank, etc.

A decent slow-speed grinder can be had for about $100 … Woodcraft has a Rikon 8” for $99.

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#2 posted 02-13-2017 02:54 PM

Looks like you can get the adapter and the wheel for about $60 on Amazon. Penn State has another option if shop real estate is an issue and your purpose is to get something for sharpening your lathe tools. I don’t have any experience with either accessory but this looks like an interesting idea.

I’ve though about getting the disk sander attachment from Penn State just to have the lathe double as a disk sander when I am not turning.

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#3 posted 02-13-2017 06:30 PM

I got one for the Comet2 for my daughter. She has to move it from the house to the carport to turn so it is much more convenient to have them together for her.
As well as not having a handwheel you also lose the hollow headstock (using the knockout bar).
As well as the wheel and andapter you will also need the mounting plate and the grinding jig to go with it. Probably another $80-90.
I would go with a stand alone system for not much more. You will also have two wheels with the stand alone instead of one.

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#4 posted 02-13-2017 08:39 PM

I can only echo what others have already said about getting a stand alone bench grinder to sharpen your tools. Think noise from that grinder running as you are trying to turn would get annoying real fast. A stand alone grinder with friable wheels and sharpen jig will serve you well.

-- Bill

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