Turning Archive 2007

Cost of VS vs. 8 speed

Stuart Johnson
>I was looking at the picture of the new Vega bowl lathe and was wondering about it being 8 speed versus VS. I changed my Nova 3K to VS and now can't see why I didn't do it immediately. Which brings me to my question. Is there any reason to come out with a new lathe limited to 8 speeds as opposed to VS other than cost? In the case of the new Vega with an anticipated cost of $1,000 for an 8 speed 3/4 HP motor what is a reasonable increase in price for say a 1 HP VS setup? I don't think there is much if any difference in price between 3/4 HP and 1 HP motors.

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