Its time I start watching sales and offerings and doing my research.
Don't let larry know Im looking to buy a large lathe.
Im not looking for a used lathe, but I don't need to spend more than I need too, but want a quality machine, with a good reputation, a good history, as Im not the best with motors and machinery. I don't want to buy a starter lathe either, Im done with that stuff. I don't collect tools, I want to use them as much as possible and get my moneys worth out of it.
I want to turn bowls. Not 25 inch bowls, but 10-15 inches?
I want enough power and don't want the lathe to rattle or shake when I mount a chunk of wood.
a big problem is that I don't have 220 power, so the lathe has to come factory wired for 110.( I cannot rewire a motor myself nor do I care to have someone do it for me, call me a wimp, I don't care)
Variable speed. Good solid motor with strong reliable parts. I don't want to buy a lathe and then people suggest I buy after market parts to spruce it up. I want to purchase a good machine with good workable parts.
IF at all possible, are any of these lathes made to be mobile? As in a movable base? If not, can I build one or purchase one or that is highly not recommended?
Please do not be insulted if you offer a suggestion and in the end I don't purchase the brand you reco.
I don't want to offend anyone here with experience, but Im going to watch prices and purchase at the right time.
I need to purchase a decent few tools, and a sharpening system eventually, or maybe along with it.
Its going to be costly, so research and purchasing at right time is essential.
Ill look at every reco, compare all prices, watch sales, watch shipping prices, and Ill strike when its right.
I think Im going to roll my jet lathe into my shed, to make some room for the larger lathe. I have a spot under my wood storage where I can plant the larger lathe, without a mobile base, but Id still prefer mobility if at all possible, not compromising the lathes stability.
I don't think Ill ever be an avid woodturner, but I do enjoy it, and I think it is a keen hobby to pursue at this point in my life.
While I think my flat work days are numbered, I believe woodturning can take me as long as I want it too. And noise isn't an issue with it, so I can take it wherever I move too without worrying about upsetting new neighbors.
thankyou in advance.