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    Nova 1624-44

    Craft Supplies USA has the Nova 1624-44 on sale now for $999 with a free bed extension and G3 chuck. I am drooling, but can't afford it yet.

    http://www.woodturnerscatalog.com/st..._1624_44?Args=

    Hopefully, I will be able to catch the next sale.
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    I saw that, and boy is that a deal!
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    What kind of variable speed system is on that? The ad doesn't say.

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    Frank,

    It has a belt drive that has to be moved to a different set of sheaves for a speed change.
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    "sheaves"? Dunno if that is a step system or Reeves drive. Doesn't matter.
    I'll light the fire by stating that, IMHO, for similar money you can do better.
    That is a light machine on flimsy legs. You would (probably) have to build a stout bench for it to do what you want. (ask Stu) By then you have bigger money invested.
    Personally, I would keep shopping.

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    Frank you better check out the Nova again.I have the Nova 1624-44 and you won't buy a better machine for the money. I got mine at Woodcraft on sale for $795.00 last year. And it does not have flimsy legs. It is one heavy lathe. Took 3 men to set it up. I love it, after having a Jet mini.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Frank Fusco View Post
    "sheaves"? Dunno if that is a step system or Reeves drive. Doesn't matter.
    I'll light the fire by stating that, IMHO, for similar money you can do better.
    That is a light machine on flimsy legs. You would (probably) have to build a stout bench for it to do what you want. (ask Stu) By then you have bigger money invested.
    Personally, I would keep shopping.
    I'll help you out Frank and throw some more gas on the fire by saying that I'll stick with my Grizzly and pocket the other $500. Then I would go to woodcraft and for $87 buy their chuck for my lathe.

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    I don't know who's right or wrong, but I do know the Nova 1624-44 has been one of the best-received and reviewed $1000 lathes on the market. Conversely, the Grizzly lathes have not won over a comparable number of turners. I'm a real fan of Grizzly tools, but I've not been impressed with their lathe offerings. Bottom line is that they all make the wood spin, and beyond that, it's mostly the skill of the person on the other end of the cutting tool that makes the difference.
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    I know the Nova is considered a top quality offering.
    And, I'll take Bruce's opinion that the legs are not flimsy. But, those pipes sure don't look as stout as the heavy cast legs found on most other brands.
    Still wondering, what is a "sheave" speed control system?
    Don't really mean to start a Grizzly vs. everything else debate. But, I have used a PowerMatic and I have the Griz G0632 EVS lathe. I'll stick with my assessment that this Griz model is 90% of the PM for much less money.

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    The legs on the Nova 1624-44 are cast iron, not pipe.

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