- Dec 22, 2006
Doug - maybe I’m wrong, but I’m not aware of a 500lb+ lathe with 20in swing over the ways and a pivoting headstock that’s solid and exact. If there is such an animal I might consider but it would have to beat out my current 3520, or the Robust AB (if I were to start from scratch). With a sliding headstock I get to hollow directly in front of the bowl, and swinging tail stock on/off is pretty trivial with my setup. Different strokes...
On edit, I have no experience with Vicmarc which I think would meet those requirements but still think I’d take an AB first
I'd have to concur that the VL240 is the only current lathe, to my knowledge that is on par with the Robust AB, or the Powermatic 3520C. I am hesitant to pull the trigger on the VL240, because it has some things I'd have to overlook, in order to buy it.
There are other lathes entering the market that do have pivoting headstocks, and they are just now getting some scrutiny from turners. That Coronet Regent looks pretty good to me.....but, still have to see how it works out with other turners for me to make any decisions. In the mean time, my 29 year old Woodfast lathe will do EVERYTHING I need it to do. (In recent times, all the parts that wear out have been replaced......motor, VFD, belt, headstock bearings......all replaced. The castings and base will last for the next 100 years! )