Rich I haven't chimed in because I don't know either lathe. One thing I will say is that turning 2" bigger is not a big deal. With my Nova I can turn 16" well 15 1/2". If I turn outboard I can turn up to 29". On the Jet if you slide the headstock to the end of the lathe you can turn however big you want. But the one thing I have found I still have every bowl sitting for sale that I turned in the last 3 yrs that are over 16". I have about a 10 or 12 that are 16 1/2" to 20". They just don't sell. The best selling bowls for me are from 10" to 14". I am not trying to talk you out of the grizzly as I do have a couple of grizzly tools that are pretty good tools for the money but I would not rule out the Jet for 2". Just some food for thought from a different perspective.
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