Turning

Subject:
Re: Variable Speed??

John K Jordan
>>>1 HP is NOT enough.

My opinion: That depends on what you turn, large, small, spindles, massive bowl blanks, lidded boxes, platters, Christmas ornaments, long vases, hand mirrors, hollow forms, ... 1 HP is more than enough for many of these things.

I think it also depends on the turner, level of experience, style of turning (brute force or finesse) and tools (3/4" vs 3/8" gouge). I've turned 15.5" bowls on a 1hp 16" lathe from a solid block of wood without issues, catches, or stalls. I have a good friend who has turned 18" bowls outboard on the same little Rockwell.

Lots of factors.

JKJ

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