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post #1 of 12 Old 03-29-2011, 06:54 AM Thread Starter
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New Lathe suggestions

I am considering a new lathe and was looking for suggestions. I currently have a Delta 46-460 but I think I would like something bigger. Money is no problem,the bank has plenty of it.LOL What would you suggest?
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I have the Jet 1642 with the 110v motor. I love this lathe. It is heavy enough and powerful enough to do everything I want it to at this point. Somewhere in the distant future I might consider something bigger still, but that will be long way off. Think about the kinds of thing you want to do, the things you may want to do and then buy the biggest most powerful one you can afford/accomodate in your shop.

That bowl was perfect right up until that last cut...
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if money is no object check out the nova dvr. it is a great lathe with all the power and capacity most will ever need.
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I have been drooling over the Powermatic 3520B 20x34. Right now I'm trying to see the money in that one. I will see what the Nova DVR looks like. What's the bowl capacity on it? My Delta 46-460 will turn a 11 1/2" or so but I want bigger plus I want to do outboard work too and the Delta cannot do that.
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I thought the Powermatic 3520B was around $3400.00 but after I looked it is about $3900.00. More than I can spend right now. The Jet looks close to the powermatic and is about $1600.00 cheaper. I know it's a 16" where the Powermatic is 20" and the powermatic has a bigger motor but would it be worth the extra $$$$$. I'm starting to lean toward the jet for the $$$ difference. Any difference in the Jet 1 1/2 model and the 2 hp model other than the price?????????
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I will see what the Nova DVR looks like. What's the bowl capacity on it?
with the outrigger accessory 29".
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I have the Jet 1642 with the 2hp motor. I have been extremely pleased. One big difference is the 2hp is 220v as opposed to 110v on the 1 1/2hp. I have turned on both 1 1/2 and 2 hp machines and they both are great. I chose the 2 hp because at the time I bought they had a great sale going on and the price was almost the same.

The Nova dvr is also a nice lathe. A member in our club has one and likes it a lot. Not sure but maybe the legs are sold separately on them so you can build a cabinet for the base if you want.

Of course the Powermatic is a great lathe too, but if money is no object maybe a Oneway or a Robust!

For what its worth I don't think you can go wrong with the 1642.

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I have the Jet 1642 with the 1 1/2hp, 110 volt motor. I bought the 110 so I could plug it in anywhere in my shop. For the money, I don't think you can beat it. Good quality, plenty of power, electronic variable speed with reverse, and a movable headstock in case you want to turn something outboard. You can turn a 15 1/2" bowl, which when you bring it in the house, you realize it's a pretty decent size bowl.
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if money is no object, then Oneway 2436 3hp is the way to go. order it straight form Oneway and shipped to your house. you'll never upgrade again.

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"Just because your not bleeding, don't mean your turning safely"..
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Well, I have narrowed it down. It will be the "Jet"., but I'm still thinking on the 1/1/2 or the 2hp model. Woodcraft is having that sale on April 9th for 10% off jet tools. I can get a 2hp for what the 1/1/2hp is for regular price but the only thing is I "Do Not" have 220 in the shop. It's wired for 220 but I do not have any outlets. If I decide on that one I will have to wire in an outlet. I have a friend that is comming over Monday to help with suggestions for the 220 outlet. The way I figure, this will be the last lathe I will need. Anyone own the acc.stand for outrigging turnings? If so, is it handy or is it not worth the money?
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Don, I have the 110 1642 and unless you plan on eventually doing very large (12" +) deep bowls the 1.5 horsepower seems plenty for me.

That bowl was perfect right up until that last cut...
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Donny I would check with Sean at Toolnut and get a price from them. They are a fantastic company with real good service and usually will beat any price you can find often with tremendous shipping price.

http://www.toolnut.com/

Give him a call and see what he can do. I'll bet you'll be happy you did. BTW I'm not affiliated with them just a happy customer.

When I bought my 1642 I didn't have a 220 line in my garage but I was comfortable to do it myself. I ended up putting in a subpanel and adding several circuits so in the long run it was a good deal. Either way I think you will be happy.

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