Looking for some advice regarding my next lathe.
Little background: I currently have a PennState Turncrafter Commander 12” with extended lathe bed. This is a great midi lathe for spindles and bowls up to 10 diam. While it has a 12” swing, it struggles with anything that large or even very dense/weighty bowl blanks. I do lots of different woodworking from furniture/casework to accent pieces to turned pieces. Turning is not the focus of my woodwork but I really enjoy it when I do. I’d love to have a Robust American Beauty lathe and never again think about what I’ve chucked up in my lathe, size-wise, but that’s just not going to happen (until I win the lottery).
My priority is to get a lathe with a minimum 12-16” swing, standard bed length, possibility to turn larger pieces externally (rotating head, or something similar), locking headstock, and a reversible, variable speed motor with enough power to handle larger/heavier pieces.
Rough budget is $2500.
Any advice, or am I way off on my wish list?
All recommendations/guidance welcome.
Happy 2021 !!