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So I need your help with something since I am so back and forth...

I have never turned but it’s something I have been dreaming about for over a year. I know I’m going to keep at it and work at perfecting this craft. I even have a ton of pen blanks, pepper mill blanks, and cut chunks off a flame box elder tree that fell down so they start drying out (and some burls).

My end goal Is beautiful vases, bowls, and platters/plates.
So here is my question: I know i'm going Nova, but should I go for the Nova Midi lathe which I can afford now, or should I hold out and purchase the more expensive NOVA 24146 1624-44 Wood Lathe? I have been selling junk I don’t use anymore, and now have enough for the midi lathe now. I just don’t want to be in the position where the midi lathe is not enough for what I want to do and will have to sell it and purchase a bigger lathe later. 499 dollars compared to 1300 is huge though….

Side note: I can only buy lathes on amazon – I sell my junk on craigslist and immediately purchase amazon cards (a deal I worked out with the wife).

Should I hold off and save more or go for the midi? Thanks for any input. My mind changes sides every other hour.
 

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Thanks Dave for that kick in the crotch. I guess I should have kept the money and not bought those amazon cards. To be honest though, I could swear the same deal was on amazon about a month ago.

I missed out. Hopefully another sale happens during the holidays? Maybe cyber Monday or something?
 

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65BAJA said:
Not through Woodcraft on Amazon. They charge shipping, even with Prime.
I don't think you can buy nova lathes through woodcraft on amazon. You have to go through nova. So your right, no free shipping with woodcraft but free shipping with nova.
 

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NCPaladin said:
Well I can’t help much but I have the 1624 and for a while the Comet (until Christmas).
I have set the Comet up and ran it but have not turned on it. I assume you did notice on Amazon they have two listings, one at $499 and one at about $485 which includes the attachment. The $485 has an IO after the number for Introductory Offer.
If you have a Woodcraft near you the current sale on the 1624 is a great price. But it is still almost double…and I assume you will need turning tools, a chuck, and .and on and on.
I did turn a couple of bowls about 16” but nobody really wanted them…just too big. I do not regret the 1624 because I can do anything I ever foresee doing with the 1.5hp.
I think you can make beautiful vases, bowls, and platters/plates on either, it is just a matter of how large.
Very well said thank you. I think I'm going to wait until December with the hope a Sale shows up on amazon for the bigger large. If not, may go small but we shall see.
 

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fboyles said:
Before you make a large purchase on Amazon take the time to check on www.camelcamelcamel.com to make sure your not buying on the high side. Amazon's price go up and down. You can also sign up for alerts that will let you know the next time that the Comet goes on sale.
Fboyles. Camelcamelcamel is one of the best internet sites I've seen in a while. Thanks!
 

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camelcamelcamel

Fboyles. Camelcamelcamel is one of the best internet sites I've seen in a while. Thanks!
So i looked up the history of prices on camel camel camel thanks to Fboyles, and found out that the NOVA lathes never go on sale.

So since that's the case, im switching to the JET 708352 JWL-1236. It only has 3/4 HP which i don't like, but its big and affordable. This lathe was under 800 dollars in Feb 2012!

S I am going to continue putting money in my amazon account, tag 5-6 lathes on camelcamelcamel, and pounce when one goes on sale.

Perfect!

(Other tagged lathes: JET 708358K, Nova 24146, Shopfox W1758,)
**The NOVA DVR is the lowest it has ever been on Amazon, down to 1,800 from 2,300. Still too much for me but if anyone else wants to check it out.....
 

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Ok I thought I would share my lathe selection. So i saved up 300 plus dollars in my amazon account and was about to purchase the delta midi lathe after I sold my weight bench.

Well....I went to woodcraft today with the wife to look at dye colors and they had one more nova lathe on sale for 899. I got it with the understanding she is going to be pissed at me for a week or two.

Worth it
 
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