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Forum topic by AnthonyD posted 02-15-2013 06:11 AM 3642 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-15-2013 06:11 AM

Hey guys, Ive been trying to get a new or used lathe for a while now. I cant wait for craigslist to pop up something any longer. I’m looking to spend less then $1,500. I’m looking at the Nova 1624-44 and the Jet 1442. I am at a stalemate. PLEASE HELP. I do mostly bowl turning and vessel, some pens, not very much spindel. I’ve been reading reviews and they both have there pros and cons. But i’m hoping for someone to point me in the right direction or maybe a new direction. Maybe there is a better lathe for the money i want to spend that Im not looking at. Im useing the harbor fright lathe now and to tell you the truth its not horribal, but I know its not going to last, plus It doesnt have a reverse or a slow enough speed for sanding. I know these new lathes have so much more to offer. What do you guys think?

-- AJ DeSantis

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#1 posted 02-15-2013 06:20 AM

About a year ago I upgraded from the “big” HF lathe after 6 years as I ran into the same issues it sounds like you are running into. It was fine for what it was, I just outgrew it. When going through the same process I spent a lot of time using the 1442 as the college I teach at (not woodworking) has several in their woodworking department. When I purchased though I went with the 1642. A bit more expensive, but there is no comparison. Between the electronic speed control, the sliding headstock, reverse, ability to slow down to 50 RPM (as opposed to 450 on the 1442), bigger motor, etc. it is more than twice the lathe the 1442 is.

If you can take the additional financial hit (I paid $1900 locally for the 1.5 hp version) I would highly recommend considering that route, otherwise you may be looking to upgrade from the 1442 in the near future. (no experience with the 1624-44, but my final decision came between the 1642 and the NOVA DVR. Obviously the 1642 won)

-- Robert --- making toothpicks one 3x3x12 blank at a time!

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#2 posted 02-15-2013 09:38 AM

Reviews on Amazon say the 1442 is a bit weak for bowls. Since that is what you are doing you would want to stay away from that one. (The reviews on Amazon seem quite accurate to me for the lathes)

-- Dave, New England - “We are made to persist. that's how we find out who we are.” ― Tobias Wolff

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#3 posted 02-15-2013 01:01 PM

You are not going to get much lathe for $1500. Jet 1440 comes with Asian reeve drive and bit over priced for what you get. You can check Grizzly for Jet 1642 clone. Grizzly also has a few Asian reeves drive lathes not worth the money.

If have 220V electrical service look at Rikon 1642. Tad more than $1,500 but they do go on slae couple times a year.

Essential say lathe as Jet, owner manual about the same. My Jet headstock does not swivel, Rikon does.

If want a Nova, look at buying a reconditioned model, might be able to afford the DVR-XP model.

-- Bill

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#4 posted 02-15-2013 06:28 PM

Have you looked at the Grizzly G0632? It’s their clone of the Jet 1642. It’s pretty well-regarded and comes in slightly over $1500 with shipping. It is 220V though.

If you’re willing to go a bit higher, you can get the Nova DVR XP for under $2000. That has the features you want, EVS and the capacity to do outboard turning up to 29”. The Nova 1624 does the same, just without EVS. From what I’ve read, belt changes on the 1624 are pretty easy and quick though. If I hadn’t just bought a PSI Turncrafter Commander, I’d be all over the Nova 1624 that’s currently on my local Craigslist.

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#5 posted 02-15-2013 06:45 PM

I bought a Magma branded midi lathe and I love it. It’s made in Taiwan so I would think you will find the same lathe in the US with another brand. here in Europe I have seen several brands on this lathe. great variable speed and the machining is excellent. Works well and has enough power for bowls and heaver stuff. I have about 7 inches over the bed which is good for a midi lathe. Variable speed is excellent, soft start won’t throw the chuck key at you if you forget to remove it :-), has 24 position indexing. It should also cost less in the US than here, the model was a 175 FU – you can see a picture of it on my shop site.

-- Jim, Marostica Italy

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#6 posted 02-16-2013 03:28 PM

Keep an eye on local auctions. A heavy duty Delta 42” sold at auction for $400 last week. I bought my heavy duty Delta Rockwell lath at auction for $450 3 years ago and sold my light duty lath at auction. Any one can go to an auction. Even if you buy a lath with a weak motor you can install a bigger motor. I took out a 1 hp motor that came with my lath and replaced it with a 2 hp and changed all the bearings to high speed sealed bearings. Three years later still no problems and I do some big turnings.

-- Have a great day.

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#7 posted 02-16-2013 03:47 PM

Anthony…I was in the same predicament as you and settled on the NOVA DVR. If you go to their home web site you’ll find a section for purchasing ‘factory reconditioned’ tools. They’ll sell a complete set-up with warranty for $1,600.

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