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Hi guys. Sad to say it's been awhile since i've posted or even logged into the forums but now i'm getting back to the groove. I also havn't turned a single piece of wood since back in early may which is saddening as well. I've got my lathe just about all set up at home with the exception of a motor. I've been working with a company that is selling my bowls on commision and they've asked if it was possible to turn some larger, figured bowls. this got me thinking and sort of dreaming. my lathe is just an older craftsman, 12" table top. to be honest i havn't used it once, it was inherited. i'm debating whether i should fork up the 100 bucks for now for a motor or whether i should just plain upgrade to a 14 or 16" that has outboard capabilities. If i get a new lathe, i'm not sure what to get. jet has a couple out there but they're pretty pricey, any good places for used lathes? heres also a picture of the last bowl i did.
 

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Teknatool has a Nova that has a 20'' swing .
With outboard capabilities it will turn out bowls as big as you like.
Probably no second hand ones around yet tho :smile:
 

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In my opinion it may depend on the lathe you have. If it is the cast iron bed those tend to be good lathes, if it is the tube bed those can flex under heavy pressure and the headstock/tailstock are more difficult to align. If you only have to invest $100 you may be able to recoup you money if you upgrade to a larger lathe later.
I have the Nova 1624 and love it. That said, I have never turned but two items over 12”. I have also never (in two years) used the outboard tool rest (an additional $275 option). I do use the swivel head on 75% of my turnings. One of the best things of going to the 16” swing is the larger motor of 1.5hp which becomes about 2 hp if you switch over to 220. Typically they are on sale twice a year for $900.
Here is a site where you can compare specs on many of the most popular lathes.
http://www.nealaddy.org/pub/Lathe_List.html
As far as used lathes….maybe Craig’s List. Not being able to see the item and shipping cost would be a big drawback for me for other places.
Also look here for local clubs…seems to be about 20 AAW affiliated clubs in NY. Someone at a local club may also have one for sale.
http://www.woodturner.org/community/chapters/LocalChapters.asp
 

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thank you all for the good info.
NCpaladin, thank you for the valuable input, the craftsman lathe that i've got now i'm pretty sure is a tube. I've looked on craigslist but havn't found anything, however, i lived in Vermont this past winter and became a member of the Woodchuck wood turners of the AAW so i didn't even think to check through them. I used a nova this past winter and though it was small, i absolutley loved it. I will take a look at those links you posted as well. the nova seems to be fairly inexpensive in comparision to other brands. i guess i need to become a member of a club in ny now!
Thanks!
 
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