After some preliminary web searches and looking through reviews as well as paying attention to the old pocketbook.......... I picked up a Rikon 1216 70-050VS. This has 3 pulley positions for the belt and a variable speed dial to control the speed over each of the 3 positions. My plan is to do small bowls, X-mas ornaments, small segmented pieces etc.
Everything was on sale Black Friday and the lathe price was too good to pass up.
Rikon 1216 70-050VSLathe - $239.99 Black Friday price
(Reg. WoodCraft price was $439.99)
5 Piece Wood River Mini tool set -$40.00
Shipped to my door $19.95
So...for around $300 I'm in the game right?
Except for .........
Chucks $150-$250 ea.
Mandrels (or so I'm told) $???
Tools - $???
More Tools $???
Hopefully I'm on the right track. I'm just glad I found this place so I can get some real technical advice and direction. I'm sure I'm going to need it sooner or later.
What is weird is, I originally started looking for a lathe because I build custom fishing rods and wanted to build some with segmented cork handles with different colored cork pieces. The more I looked into this venture, the more I saw what else can be done with a lathe.
You folks do some amazing pieces of work and I am very impressed.
Thanks again for the warm welcome and I'm looking forward to being a member of the woodturning community. This should be fun!