New full size wood lathe
Hello. I am new to the forum and new to wood turning. I started turning on an old craftsman wood lathe bolted to a work bench and I got hooked. I know this topic has been discussed many times but I just want to see if anyone has any more info for my particular needs. So I started looking at the $600 Grizzly lathe and the Nova 1624 lathe that was at woodcraft for $849. I went into woodcraft to check them out and I fell in love with the full size lathes with variable speed. I am the type of person who would rather buy the better tool now, then start cheap and have to upgrade again. I have no issue dropping $2500 on a new lathe. I would love a powematic or robust but cant swing that much $$. I already have a bunch of nova chucks and tools. I am currently looking at the Laguna Revo $2399, Jet 1640 EVS $2550 , and the Grizzly modeles G0766 and 733 $1700. I really like the Laguna, only downfalls I saw was a 1 year warranty as compared to 5 years on the jet, head stock doesnt rotate (not a big deal) and some bad reviews on support. I can run 110 or 220 so that isnt an issue. I plan on turning bowls, platters, and smaller stuff, not really planning on spindles so a really long length does not matter. I want a heavy sold unit, that I can put in place and turn and not worry about. I know anything will be 1000 times better than what I am using now, but want to make a good decision on a lathe that will do what I want for many years.