Purchasing a full size lathe

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Forum topic by Woodhacker posted 07-26-2008 03:34 AM 1909 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-26-2008 03:34 AM

Topic tags/keywords: lathe purchase jet tecknatool

I currently have a Jet mini variable speed lathe that I use mostly for pen turning and other small items. I really like this lathe for small stuff but when I try to turn something 4-5” or more in diamenter there doesn’t seem to be much torque there. In addition to my Jet mini, I’ve accumulated a Oneway talon chuck, several sorby drive/live centers, Crown PM & Sorby turning chisels, and a MT2 1/2” chuck.

I’m getting fairly serious about a full size lathe. I’d like to start turning peppermills, bowls, candle holders, maybe goblets, round boxes, walking canes, vases, etc.

I’ve done a few LJ searches for “lathes”, “lathe purchase” and read several postings, comments/advice.

I”ve not set a definite price range yet, but lately I’ve been looking at the Jet JWL-1642-2EVS, 16” x 42” EVS PRO, and the Tecknatool Nova DVR. I’m curious if there are any LJs that have experience with either of these.

-- Martin, Kansas

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#1 posted 07-26-2008 04:25 AM

Good for you Martin. I have heard good things about both lathes. I guess the real question are how serious do you want to get and how much are you willing to spend. Another good lathe is the Powermatic. I am holding out for a Stubby. Good luck on your endeavor.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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#2 posted 07-26-2008 05:47 AM

Mot has the Nova DVR, and I know he is a man that likes a high quality tool. He seemed pleased.
Dorje has the Jet 1642 EVS and I know he loves it. I have been making my little Jet 1014 walk the dog with 8 inch bowl blanks; so I am excited for you, Martin.

Although I have had my little wonder for about nine years, I just shredded the V-Belt trying to turn the bigger stuff within its swing. Looks like taking the head assembly apart to fit the belt will be a joy…

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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#3 posted 08-06-2008 03:34 AM

Hey Martin, any decisions yet? I can’t wait until you get a full size lathe so you don’t have to wait for chips to blow in from Bloomington.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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#4 posted 08-07-2008 01:25 AM

Martin, I have a full sised lathe with extenion capability. The big advantage is you can do the small jobs on a big lathe as well as the big ones.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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