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If you were looking for a new lathe but wasn't going to use it all the time what would you look for? I've got 2 now and I'm not a pro by no means but I'm always looking for more tools.So what brand would you look at and what attachments would you get with it? I've never turned a bowl but I have turned some pens and it's pretty fun.I have thought of looking for a mini lathe and getting rid of my full size to save on space.I only turn pens anyway. What do you think?Mini or Full size? Brand??? Pros/Cons..........

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Donny, if you wish to get rid of your full size lathe for space considerations and really only turn pens then I think the mini lathe would be a no brainer. Most of the mini/midi styles can still turn a pretty decent sized bowl so if you find yourself hankering for a little more you can always still accomplish that.

You don't mention a price point but if are just looking at what are good mini lathes, I think the Jet minis are probably at the top with the reviews I see from most folks. I have a Delta midi lathe that I am quite happy with and works fine for smaller turnings. The Rikon also seems to get favorable reviews on it and may be a little cheaper than the Jet. Of course you also have to decide whether you need variable speed and how much room between centers you want.

As far as accesories? Well it never ends. There is always something. Obviously a first choice would probably be a chuck and then the skies the limit. How much would you be looking to spend initially?

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The new Delta mini would be my #1 choice followed closely by the Jet 12" mini and the Grizzly 12" mini. You could expand any of those to full size later if needed.
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