Tony that is what I think is called being caught between a rock and a hard place. To me it would depend on the deal you get. If it is a good deal jump on it. If it is near new price then I would think about it. Tony I went to Woodcraft in Kansas City when I was there on business. I got to use both the DVR and 1624. Both are awful nice lathes. Both are smooth and powerful. The belt was easy to move around and didn't seem to bother. You can't go wrong with either. My problem was if I hadn't got to turn on the DVR I probably would have gone with the 1624. I just fell for the variable speed. When I got home I drove to Denver and picked up the DVR. It is a awful nice lathe and I love the variable speed. I am going to retire shortly and wanted a good lathe. I think this lathe will last me a good long while.
As I said if you go with the 1624 you won't be disappointed.
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