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Dauid Kent30/12/2008 13:15:00
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hi, I have the Record  CL4 variable speed lathe and I am thinking of buying the Super Nova lathe I wonder if anybody has any views on this i.e pros &cons, as I would be interested in your comments. ? do i keep or buy new one? Dave
Sparky30/12/2008 19:20:00
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Hi David

For a minute I thought you were talking about these...........

                                  

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What does the one your thinking about getting do better than the Record? 

Marc 
  

Dauid Kent30/12/2008 19:57:00
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hi sparky i was thinking about up grading to a nova lathe ,have you got one ?
Sparky30/12/2008 21:05:00
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No mate, I have a second hand Perform (Axminsters) and it does work well. If ever I did upgrade, I'd get one that reverses, good for those 'orrible sanding problems when the grain decides to go the wrong way!

Marc

Ralph Harvey30/12/2008 21:30:00
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Dave

Is that the newer "record" with the solid bed as apposed to the older versions with the bars ? if i am right that is what your existing one has,?

If so you will find an instant difference by having the solid bed, Both mine and Marcs are "cheap" lathes but have the solid bed which is great

As to rotating head if you can get it yes it is better but often this is at the expense of additiional attatchments for toolrests, unless you can see yourself affording this dont buy it for that alone ?

All things said and done if it is the best you can afford and you are happy with it go ahead its a pretty good lathe i think,

Ralph

Dauid Kent30/12/2008 21:42:00
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hi Ralph   yes its got solid bars just fancey the new record nova if i can sell mine dave
Alan T.31/12/2008 10:50:00
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Hello David, Interested to hear your changing your lathe. I guess this is how us tool heads gradually improve on the quality and quantity of our kit. I thought the CL4 had electronic speed control and therefore a reversing facility.Just shows you. I used one for a few minutes at a demo somewhere in Norfolk and I thought it was ok nice and smooth and solid.The salesman told me That Record do market conversion motors and kits. I think there are also other specialists who do the same. I presently have a Hegner HDB 200 XL. As you say the reverse facility is useful when sanding difficult grained timber. No real complaints though the threads in the tailstock failed after a long drilling session. Free replacement was given without problem. This may have been down to the tailstock casting being aluminium. The best lathe I've tried is a Vicmark which I used for a full day at a thread chasing course. A very reassuring solid feel to it and smooth as silk,and all the bits that matter are cast iron.                                                                                        

                                              All the best for 2009

                                                  Alan.

George Arnold31/12/2008 12:02:00
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 David

Iv'e looked at the Nova and recken it's a good solid lathe, you will have to change chucks as the thread is different  it's 11/4 x8 tpi  and face plates  unless you have them with thread inserts, which is a good thing to do when you purchase any chucks etc it saves a lot of expense when you upgrade, I think it is far superior to the Axminster /Draper type  lathe , I checked the swivel head and it returned to the correct position every time, unlike the Axminster I have, the tolerences on th machining is much tighter, of course you are paying more for that,

I looked at changing, I have had my Axminster for ten years , but at my age I could not justify spending the money, I would have had to rechuck, and I would have wanted the bed extension, but I was very tempted, I don't think you will regret the upgrade to the Nova.

Goodluck George

P?S I thouht Baz would have had a say. George

Doug31/12/2008 13:00:00
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George,

Just getting over the Christmas excess, just in time for the new year excess.

Happy new year to one & all 

David,

Which Nova are you thinking of getting?

Baz.

Dauid Kent31/12/2008 20:12:00
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hi Georg and baz  the lathe iam looking at is the variable speed dvr-xp if i can get 400 pound for mine with a new nova chuck  becaues record lathe comes with the chuck . so happy new year to  you both dave
Doug02/01/2009 18:03:00
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Hi David,

The DVR-XP  is the lathe i have, though not the Record version. Mine is 3 years old, i bought it from Turners Retreat. At the time Robert Sorby were distributing them i think, though i can`t see any difference between mine & the Record.

I`ve found it a superb lathe, though i have to point out it is the only lathe i`ve ever had, & have only been turning on & off for those 3 years.

Having said that the reviews i`ve read since buying it have only gone to confirm my opinion of the lathe.

If there is anything specific you want to ask please do, i will try my best. Also i believe Dave Atkinson has the DVR which is an earlier version.

Baz

Dauid Kent03/01/2009 11:32:00
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baz  do i keep  mine are buy nova help dave
Dave Atkinson08/01/2009 13:10:00
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Hi everybody and Happy New Year to you all. Just back from holiday where it was nice and warm! As Baz says I have the Nova DVR which I bought 3 years ago. At te time I ooked at the CL4, the Hegner and the DVR. As I could afford the Nova I went or it instead of the CL4. Mine has an M33 x 3.5 chuck (which is unusual in the UK as they usually have 1 1/4 x 8 TPI). It is a great lathe. Would I upgrade from the record? I don't know - it seems like a huge investment to me. The lathe bed on the record is longer than the Nova and you may want to buy a bed extension if you do long spindles. I upgraded mine but they are about 100 for each 20" extension, It will go backwards but I very rarely use this facility and you must use the grub screws to retain the chuck if you do. Dave why do you want to change? If you can convince yourself a new lathe is a good investment then the DVR is an excellent lathe. However if I was looking now I'd also factor in the Vicmarc and the Wivamac into my considerations. Hegner is also worth looking at. I don't suppose that helps any but let us know what you decide. Cheers Dave
Sparky08/01/2009 19:30:00
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Dave

Welcome back mate.

Going by your avatar, it wasnt to sunny

Marc

Dave Atkinson09/01/2009 08:37:00
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Hi Marc Yes, it's fading already! Cheers Dave

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