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Thread: Belts vs Variable speed

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    Belts vs Variable speed

    Nova 1624/44 vs Nova DVR -- identical except for the head
    variable speed vs belt drive.
    $1K vs $2K.
    Sure would love the DVR.

    My dilemma -- ran across what may be a super deal on a slightly used 1644 -- person bought it 4 months ago, missed the variable speed from his old lathe so he went back and bought the DVR and is selling the 1644.

    My Question -- How big a mistake would I be making if I go for the belts vs the variable speed? I'm currently on a Delta Midi and ready to upgrade. Been looking at the Nova DVR's and Jet's with variable speed control -- but this is a super deal that's hard to walk away from .........

    Help, please ------- Tony
    Last edited by Tony Falotico; 05-23-2007 at 09:53 AM.

    Tony, BCE '75

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    Tony, if the 1624/44 is really a GREAT deal, then get it, down the road, if you can swing the DVR, then when you sell the 1624/44 you are not out much, and will have the use of a great lathe.

    I know if you could afford it, you would just pop for the DVR, but if you buy the 1624/44 for such a good deal, then over the next year or so, save your pennies, and when you go to buy the DVR, you sell the 1624/44 for 85% of what you paid for it, you are money ahead.

    Besides, maybe the guy who bought the DVR and is selling the 1624/44 will upgrade to a Oneway

    Cheers!
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    Tony, what Stu said is true, but having used both, I'd be hard pressed to be without a true VS in the future. I still love my Delta Midi, but I'm using it less and less all the time now that I have my mustard monster.

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    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.
    Bernie W.

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    Possible Gloat a'comin' !!

    Going to see (get I hope) the 1624 today -- the pics the owner sent look good - unless it's been horribly abused it will be coming home with me.

    Tony, BCE '75

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    lookun forward to the out come tony
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    In addition to the obvious difference in price, my take is that changing a belt speed is not that big an issue. In fact, the small change in posture, concentration and muscle movement can sometimes be welcome when doing one job for any length of time. I'll qualify by saying I notice that more and more as the years go by.
    "Folks is funny critters."

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    Here She Is ......

    Met a wonderful Gentleman this morning (with the most kick butt shop full of toys .. errr ... tools!!). He bought this in February, took some private lessons and then replaced it with the DVR. Based on the status of his shop and other things ... I'm confident it was well taken care of. Runs smooth as I expected.

    The spurs, face plate, and accessory tools are still factory wrapped (he just used the originals from this on his new lathe).... the only thing missing is the stand which is holding his new DVR up.

    He gave me an awesome deal on it.........

    Tony, BCE '75

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    Congrats Tony. You are going to like it. It is a smooth running lathe and has plenty of power. When I tried the 1624 in KC I tried to stall it but never did. Now build you a solid bench and make some shavings.
    Bernie W.

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    Whoo Hoo!!

    now you are cooking with gas!!

    Build a good solid stand, and leave room on it for one extension bed, then when you can, buy that extension bed, best money you will spend, as the added length opens up a lot of things to do, and being able to push the tailstock all the way to the end, out of the way is worth it alone!

    Cheers!
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