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Powermatic 2014 vs Jet 1640 EVS

Discussion in 'Woodturning Discussion Forum' started by James Slack, Jan 7, 2021.


Powermatic 2014 vs Jet 1640 EVS vs something else

  1. Powermatic 2014

  2. Jet 1640 EVS

  1. Doug Freeman

    Doug Freeman

    Feb 26, 2019
    Location (City & State):
    Lebanon, Missouri
    Yeah, once you program the presets you like you forget how to do it, like the presets on your car or home stereo. There’s that thing called a “manual” that details how to do it. Guess the boys at the demo didnt think to look up the manual with a phone.....I couldnt tell you right now how to do it, but I know where my manual is. If Nova had not changed to the “2-step” dial and the speed presets I would not have purchased one. The old speed controls really suck.
  2. robo hippy

    robo hippy

    Aug 14, 2007
    Location (City & State):
    Eugene, OR
    Well, I am trying to remember, which can be difficult even on good days. I think the old Jet 16 inch lathes came with 120 volt plugs, but could be rewired for 220. I have turned on one with the 120 volt and one with the 220 volt. The 220 volt version wins hands down, no contest. Last time I checked, the Jet 18 inch lathe was in the $2500 range. Of the above lathes, it is the one I would opt for.

    I think one reason Nova came out with the newer version of the lathes with variable speed was because many found the speed changing to be a bother. They went from 5 pre set speeds, to 10, or some thing like that, and now the Orion has true variable speed. One thing that surprised me about the DVR was how much torque it had for what looks like a very small motor.

    I don't understand why the lathes don't have speeds lower than 50 rpm, except for the Vicmark which seems to go down to less than 10 rpm. The 3520A model would go down that low, but then they changed it...

    robo hippy
  3. Russell Nugent

    Russell Nugent

    Apr 1, 2019
    Location (City & State):
    Bashaw, Alberta
    Someday im going to get 220 in my shop so I can see what my nova saturn is like with it.
  4. Joe Penn

    Joe Penn

    Jan 18, 2015
    Location (City & State):
    Canton, GA
    The PM2014 will go as low as 30RPM on the low belt position.

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