Well, I have the Nova 3000k. Had I known how much I'd enjoy the lathe
and could go back in time, I'd probably have sprung for the Nova DVR
or the steel bed Delta. Both of those are in the $1600 range (USD).
I paid about $850 (USD) plus got a free Nova chuck and the usual
doo-dads the lathe comes with.
The Nova 3000k is a nice lathe, I've since extended the bed (a nice
fixture) and have 43" between centers (built the stand planning on
this). It has a 1HP Leeson motor, the lowest speed is 214 rpm (in US,
60Hz) which I was willing to shell out the extra money for over the
500 rpm lathes that are a bit cheaper. It also has a larger spindle
(thus stiffer) than the lower priced lathes out there. Everything was
lined up and ready, the bed is well-machined, no discernable vibration
(unless an unbalanced chunk is on of course), etc.
It would be nice, however, to have true variable speed like the DVR &
steel bed Delta. The biggest chunk I've loaded up was about 14"
diameter, wet, probably weighed around 35-40#. Even at 200 rpm that's
a pretty exciting piece of wood to make round. Once it's round of
course things get easier.
In my dreams I own a Stubby, but I doubt I'll ever get there since I
haven't pushed the Nova anywhere close to the limits, and I could
convert it to a DVR or add variable speed DC or AC for considerably