by Chuck Bender
Teknatool’s new Nova Comet II wood lathe is feature-packed at a price that’s hard to beat. Not only does it have variable speed, it has a reversible motor – not usually found on lathes of this size – that’s tucked out of the way under the tail end of the lathe.
That might not sound like a major innovation, but many small lathes have the controls mounted on an arm off the back; the Nova’s setup saves space and, because you don’t have to stretch over the spinning work to reach the controls, it’s safer.
I like the reversing switch because I think you can do a better job of sanding with the work spinning in the opposite direction.
An easy-to-adjust three-step pulley works in combination with the controller to vary speeds from 250 to 4,000 revolutions per minute.
From the June 2014 issue, #211