I recently found a fella who has started to show me how to turn wood (the reason I bought it).
I just have the spur drive and dead center that came with it. I've been looking for a good deal on a nova G3, and have found a pretty good one. However, what is really Pi@@@ng me off about SS, is the fact that you pay through the behind for these things (unless you buy a used one - which I did), and then they charge you 30 bucks for a manual. 10 more bucks for a supplement to the manual. there are NO perks to being a shopsmith owner. a lot of the products SS sells that are made by other manufacturers (the nova G3, for instance) are more expensive from SS, than other places (even with having to buying the adapter at other places).
anyway, i've been doing a lot of research, and I keep hearing about the wobble, because of the single-bearing quill. well, according to SS, the 2-bearing quill upgrade does not work with the gilmer drive systems (what I have). SS even says the single-bearing quill is less accurate and has problems with wobble and runout. they, themselves, are admitting this machine is not accurate. Do I want to be turning a pen that has less than 1/8" of wood on top of the inner barrel, with a machine that doesn't turn true?
i bought this thing, mostly because of the lathe functionality. what is everyone's honest opinion on the accuracy (ie, wobble and runout) of the lathe function? it would seem to me, that by extending the quill, you are making it less stable.
it may be good for pens and candlesticks, but that is not what i'm interested in doing. i'm also not interested in chasing this thing all over the shop (doesn't sound real safe).
if you couldn't tell, i'm kind of irked with my purchase 7 years ago, and am trying to think of a reason to keep it.
is every other forum on the internet that is not a Shopsmith forum wrong?
normally, i would say, yes, a tool snob is going to say everything else is poor quality. but when every other owner of a different tool brand agrees with each other than one brand is a "alright" jack of all trades, but a poor specialist, i wonder. when other brands of this type of device are referred to as "a more heavy duty shopsmith," it doesn't inspire confidence.
i would like honest opinions on the lathes functionality.