Recent the misses and I went to a wood show. ( our first) which she was dreading and I couldn't wait well turns out she left there with more things then I did I guess it's an advantage being an attractive 25 year young lady as she is. She got all kinds of free stufffrom all the old farts!!! (No offense guys) Lol
Well turns out she was very intrigued by the the lathe area of the show and got to turn herself a pen. And I found my excuse to buy a new tool for the shop that the misses would also enjoy and we could both learn on! Now granted I already know quite a good bit about lathes and have ran metal Manuel lathes and CNC lathes for a solid 2 years as a career. So I get the basics.
I'm looking for a "good" lathe not "the best" just a really great all round mini lathe for turning pens and maybe medium to small bowls
That has Variable speed control because I hate changing belts constantly. I'm use to CNC lathes and have become spoiled to not changing belts haha. So Somewhere in the price range of 200-250$.
Also "good" quality chisels. I've heard many turners say don't go cheap on the chisels and I wouldn't regret it.
I've done my research but all that comes up is shop fox
Which I haven't heard anything bad about but also nothing really great.
Any suggestions ?