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    suggestions needed on larger lathe

    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.
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    Allen in my opinion the Jet 1642 1.5hp 110v is a great fit for what you're talking about. My dad has had one for about 4yrs now and loves it. I've turned on it several times and love it too. I think Jet just had a sale a few months ago so not sure when another one will happen.

    For a bit smaller footprint I think there is a Nova DVR that is 110 1.5HP but I'm not positive about that.
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    +1 on the Jet. Its very similar in a lot of ways to the bigger PM, nice lathe.

    The Grizzly G0632 is somewhat comparable to the Jet spec wise, some have noted some fit and finish differences with it but quite a few folks seem to like it as well.

    The Nova DVR XP also fits your criteria and seems like a good lathe. Price wise it seems to be on the higher end vs features compared to the Jet and Grizz, don't know if its justified or not.

    Assuming things like the Robust lathes are out of your price bracket (and honestly on their lower end line the price is higher in comparison than it is when comparing higher end lathes - although the sweet 16 can be had in 110v with a 32" swing )

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    Also on mobility, the mustard monster site has some good ideas on adding mobility:

    https://docs.google.com/document/d/1...Qv4L8rz20/edit

    and I've seen several homemade versions of the lift/lock and roll system:
    http://www.woodturnerscatalog.com/p/...obility-System

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    If you're primarily looking at bowls and not longer spindle pieces, I think the Nova DVR XP would be a good fit for you and your shop. It has 1.75 HP at 120 v. It's relatively compact, and since you'd most likely be building the base/stand for it yourself, you could make it mobile. Or, if you did buy their steel base, it can be made mobile, too. (Heck, my 600 pound Powermatic was made mobile with the addition of four good casters.) I'm personally not a big fan of the "knobless" (pushbutton) speed control, but there are a lot of very satisfied DVR owners out there. It's a solid performer.

    Finding any of the lathes in the 16" to 20" range on sale is gonna be tough. The Jet goes on sale periodically, but the others typically don't get discounted often (if at all.)
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    Oh, and as an aside, rewiring a motor is about as tricky as changing a light bulb. Seriously, it's very easy and straightforward.
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    The Jet lathe is on sale now, 15% off. Free shipping

    http://www.cpojettools.com/jet-708359-jwl-1642evs--16-in--x-42-in--1-1-2-hp-woodworking-lathe/jetn708359,default,pd.html?ref=msn&utm_source=msn& utm_medium=cpc&utm_term=jwl-1642evs&utm_content={AdID}&utm_campaign={OrderItem ID}&sissr=1
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    Jet 1642. Its a 'you won't regret it' machine.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Carol Reed View Post
    Jet 1642. Its a 'you won't regret it' machine.
    Yeah it is, I had an opportunity to get one a few years back and opted for the 1442 for a couple of features the 1642 didn't have... while I love my 1442, I do regret not getting the 1642 now.... I've rarely ever used the features on the 1442 I thought were so important when I bought.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chuck Ellis View Post
    Yeah it is, I had an opportunity to get one a few years back and opted for the 1442 for a couple of features the 1642 didn't have... while I love my 1442, I do regret not getting the 1642 now.... I've rarely ever used the features on the 1442 I thought were so important when I bought.
    For the record - I'm slightly curious what those features are?

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