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sgmdwk

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09-06-2017 05:21 PM

Topic tags/keywords: lathe turning

OK, I am looking for advice on a purchase I plan.
I started turning in December, after purchasing a “midi” 12” capacity lathe, with a 3/4 HP motor. I have had a lot of fun with it, but have increasingly found the limited capacity and, especially, the low power to be quite annoying. I want to make a big jump up in what I can handle and am considering two lathes: a Laguna Revo 18/36 2 HP 220V, or a Jet 1640 EVS lathe. The Laguna has 2” more capacity for bowls and more power. The Jet has an infinitely variable speed, direct drive motor. Each is in the $2,500 range.

Either would be a great upgrade from my little Nova Comet II.

-- Dave K.


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#1 posted 09-06-2017 07:15 PM

Just to muddy the waters..
You may also consider the Nova Galaxi DVR. Longer bed than the old DVR and 1.75 hp on 120 or 2 hp on 240.
https://www.amazon.com/NOVA-Galaxi-DVR-1644-Lathe/dp/B01LWJCKA6/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1504723961&sr=8-1&keywords=nova+dvr
The fairly new Grizzly G0766 22” and 3 hp gets good reviews. I would at least consider it. About $1800.
http://www.grizzly.com/products/22-x-42-Variable-Speed-Wood-Lathe/G0766

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#2 posted 09-06-2017 07:23 PM

I don’t think can go wrong with either Jet or Laguna lathe. I am partial to Jet due to owing a 1642 for many years. If already have acress to 220 volt power might cause you to lean that way if not Jet’s 110 volts is adquate for everything want to turn.

-- Bill

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#3 posted 09-07-2017 12:28 AM

Here is a post I started months ago when I was looking to by the Laguana. It mentions nothing about the Jet, however.
http://lumberjocks.com/topics/151282

Mine is an 18/36, but I just saw where they are introducing a 20/36 with other upgrades…..It had no pricing…and I don’t think it quite available yet but certainly worth looking into.

Mike

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#4 posted 09-07-2017 12:10 PM

Like Wildwood says, either is a good lathe. I went with the Laguna as I wanted 18” swing. Also because I can add the bed extension and then have the capacity of 32” swing. At least right now I don’t have any intention ao doing this, it is an option in the future if I want more swing.

-- Bill R

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#5 posted 09-07-2017 10:28 PM



OK, I am looking for advice on a purchase I plan.
I started turning in December, after purchasing a “midi” 12” capacity lathe, with a 3/4 HP motor. I have had a lot of fun with it, but have increasingly found the limited capacity and, especially, the low power to be quite annoying. I want to make a big jump up in what I can handle and am considering two lathes: a Laguna Revo 18/36 2 HP 220V, or a Jet 1640 EVS lathe. The Laguna has 2” more capacity for bowls and more power. The Jet has an infinitely variable speed, direct drive motor. Each is in the $2,500 range.

Either would be a great upgrade from my little Nova Comet II.

- sgmdwk

I bought the Jet 1840 EVS, one you didn’t mention. It’s a $3,000 lathe but there is a local dealer that sells what they call “surplus” machines, scratch and dent, if you will, and I got it brand new for $2,000. You mention the 1640 EVS is infinitely adjustable speed but I don’t think that is correct. The DVR lathes are but EVS has a two position belt. I’m very happy with my Jet 1840. I also was considering the Revo 1836 but when this deal came around I just couldn’t pass it up. I’m not sorry but I bet the Laguna is very good, also.

-- Living In The Woods Of Beautiful Bonney Lake, Washington

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sgmdwk

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#6 posted 09-08-2017 12:37 AM

Thanks for all your comments. I am now leaning more toward the Nova Galaxy DVR. It does have the direct drive variability I want and the upgrade to 230 volts is as simple as a change of plug. I can start turning at 110 Volts and install a 220 outlet in the near future. I have a big stack of heavy, green maple, cherry and filbert that would definitely overtax my midi lathe, so I’ll make the purchase pretty soon.

-- Dave K.

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#7 posted 09-10-2017 03:39 PM

I have the Galaxi and really like it. It’s running off 220v.

Jim

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#8 posted 09-21-2017 01:06 AM

The Jet 1640 has two bearings at the working end of the spindle and one on the rear. The spindle looks to have been made with more care in the way it was made. Very smooth lathe

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sgmdwk

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#9 posted 09-22-2017 12:02 AM

After carefully considering the Galaxi I ended up ordering the Laguna Revo 18|36 Lathe, 2HP, 220V. I’ll do a review after it arrives and I get it assembled.

-- Dave K.

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Madrona

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#10 posted 09-22-2017 05:36 PM



After carefully considering the Galaxi I ended up ordering the Laguna Revo 18|36 Lathe, 2HP, 220V. I ll do a review after it arrives and I get it assembled.

- sgmdwk

I’m sure it’s an excellent choice! I would have bought that myself if the deal on my Jet hadn’t come along. Looking forward to your review and I know you’re looking forward to using it!

-- Living In The Woods Of Beautiful Bonney Lake, Washington

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sgmdwk

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#11 posted 10-19-2017 04:22 PM

I have been using this beauty for several weeks, now, and I love it. There have been other reviews done on the Revo 18/36, so I don’t know what I could add. It is very solid, stable, powerful, with excellent fit and finish. I was impressed right out of the box, and have become more so. This morning I rough turned a 15X9 inch piece of wet cherry that must have weighed 30 pounds. The lathe was heavy enough for me to run it at 600 rpm, with no wobble, when I started and allowed me to hog off long, thick shavings without a bit of bogging down or hesitation. Even on small pieces, the steadiness and consistent speed make turning a pleasure. I am absolutely happy with my choice of lathe.

-- Dave K.

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moke

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#12 posted 10-19-2017 05:02 PM

Congrats Dave…...
It’s hard to explain to a turner on a midi-mini what the difference of a heavy lathe really is!
Looks like a great set up, enjoy!
Mike

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