I am thinking about getting one of these lathes, and was wondering,
with a riser, what people felt would be the maximum size/weight bowl
one could safely turn with it. Is 16"/40 lbs too much?
Speed is not an issue, as I will use a VFD.
Speed and safety are individual issues. If you think it's too fast - slow
it. If you think it's too heavy, lighten it.
Mechanical strength is an absolute issue. Too much of a load and you bend
or break things.
It'll do 16, but the shaft size is skosh for big wet ones and the banjo is
too weak, with the longer toolrest shaft installed, to take much of a hit
from a carelessly placed gouge.
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