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Forum topic by 3285jeff posted 10-09-2014 02:42 PM 958 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-09-2014 02:42 PM

Can anyone tell me if they own a nova comet and how they like it and how it compares with other lathes,,,im kinda leaning towards the rikon 70-100 but if anyone can give me their option of either it really would help,,,the one thing i like about the nova is the sharping attachments they have,,,was curious about how good it actually worked!!!

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#1 posted 10-09-2014 08:13 PM

Several folks over at IAP bought and reviewed this lathe might do a search there. Think will find couple of reviews here too!

JMHO, except for bed extension & G3 chuck think rest of the optional accessories you can buy and attach to the Comet not worth the expense and downright annoying. Most lathe venders might be reluctant to stock attached accessories other than bed extensions & G3 chuck. Pretty sure they will special order something for you if agree to no return policy.

How much power do these items take away from woodturning? Remember once attached they operate every time you turn on the lathe. Noise and accidentally bumping into one of those accessories big turn off for me!

I would rather see you buy a bench grinder locally and order a sharpening jig if not available locally. If have a problem with a bench grinder can always return for exchange ot refund. Sharpening jigs like the wolverine fit all bench grinders.

-- Bill

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#2 posted 10-11-2014 08:10 PM

My club bought 3 Comet II’s. I’ve never used them but some of the guys complain about stripping screws but I have no idea what screws they are talking about. Some of the other guys have Nova lathes and like them. A review of the midi Rikon from some years back found the motor to be underpowered compared to other lathes in it’s class but otherwise a decent machine. But I suspect that any lathe at that price point is going to have corners cut somewhere.


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