How important is indexing and power?
I am a novice woodworker and both my wife and I are looking forward into beginning some turning projects. While most of our immediate turning will be small stuff, I can easily envision making legs and large (party) bowls down the line. I have read as much as I can about indexing wheels, but would like your opinion about the importance of buying a lathe that has indexing capability built into it. Also, we are considering spending a little more to get something with 2HP and would like your thoughts there.
Views from experienced turners would be greatly appreciated. And while I am at it, recommendations regarding tools would be great too. How much should we expect to spend for a introductory set of turning tools? Brands? Anything else to help a novice...
Thanks in advance,