I know this topic has been discussed many times but it is now my turn to get my first "real" lathe. I have been turning on a HF model with fairly good success. I now want to step up my game. recommendations are greatly appreciated!
What do you want to be able to turn? Only pens and other small items or are you anticipating doing other items such as bowls?
The Jet 1015VS will do everything you need for pens and even small bowls. If you want to go a little bigger there's the Jet 1221VS. It is larger, significantly heavier and has a 1HP motor. It handles bowls much better.