Fighting the fight.....
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Hampton Roads, VA
I guess what it comes down to is, How much money are you willing to spend?
With that amount of money, can you get a decent VS lathe? If so, buy it. It is definately convenient!!
If you don't mind a little bit of time to change belt positions, buy a more capable lathe and forgo the VS.
I have used a VS lathe for a couple of classes that I have taken at a local Woodcraft. It is convenient. If you can afford it, get it. You will like it. But, I wouldn't forgo quality for the convenience of VS. I would buy a quality lathe before I bought VS.
Just the thoughts of someone that went through this a couple of weeks ago. BTW, I purchased the NOVA 1624-44 from Woodcraft that is on sale this month for $899. I looked at the JET 1220 VS but I got a higher capacity lathe for about $100 more and didn't get the VS. I don't think I will ever outgrow the NOVA and VS would have been nice but I was afraid that I would have wanted more capacity in a few years.