NOVA 46300 Comet II Variable Speed Mini Lathe 12-Inch x 16 1/2-Inch

The NOVA 46300 Comet II is a powerful, well built and rugged wood lathe that has enough power to allow you to drill through a multitude of materials with ease. As you’ll see from its specs below, this is a tool that is geared towards professionals who need the extra flexibility and accuracy this bad boy is capable of in order to be able to make excellent and well polished wooden works of art.

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NOVA 46300 Comet II Variable Speed Mini Lathe

NOVA 46300 Comet II

Main Features:

  1. 3/4 HP speed motor with variable speed for power on demand.
    2. 16.5 inches between centers and up to 12 inches of swing. You can get more if you pot for a bed extension accessory.
    3. Speed range between 250 RPMs and 4000 RPMs. The 250 RPMs speed is the lowest in its class and is perfect for large turnings.
    4. Achieve superior finishes thanks to the reverse and forward function.
    5. Full cast iron construction.
    6. Precision machining and solid 2MT spindles.
    7. Extendable bed.
    8. Quick action cam controls.
    9. 2 years warranty.


Great capacity in a small form factor

With a footprint of around seven by thirty inches, this is one of the most compact wood lathes you can find on the market today and if you’d like to use it only for spindle work, then it’s best if you’ll place it around three inches from the wall. Not only does it come with a twelve inch swing, but at the same time, you can also consider extending the tailstock and get around eighteen inches between centers. And while the distance has visibly increased, you can still have the certainty that the tailstock lock plate will securely grip onto the bed.


Superior stability thanks to the rubber feet

If you need stability, then with the NOVA 46300 Comet II you’re going to get plenty of it thanks to the fact that it features 4 large feet made of soft rubber that can be attached to the lathe’s base. While there is little vibration coming from the motor, the feet can easily absorb it. Also, if you want, you could bold the NOVA 46300 Comet II to the stand, but most people will find this unnecessary.


Easy build stand

Most people will want to make or even purchase a stand for this mini wood lathe and if that’s the case, then you need to ensure that its tall enough so the spindle’s centerline is in line with your elbow.


Motor lock handle, motor mount handle

With a 3/4 HP motor that allows you to easily change the speed to fit your specific project, you’ll get enough power for any type of woodworking job you want to consider. There is a total of 3 step pulleys that are connected using a drive belt which allows you to get 3 speed ranges that can be adjusted on the fly using a simple speed control knob.

Keep in mind that if you want to move from one speed range to another, you’ll have to switch the drive belt on the pulleys manually. As for the speeds you can use, they are from 250 RPMs to 680 RPMs, from 540 RPMs to 1420 RPMs and lastly from 1380 RPMs to 4000 RPMs.


All in all, this is a pretty impressive wood lathe that offers you plenty of bang for your buck and will cater perfectly to professionals who are looking for an extra bit of flexibility and accuracy in their wood lathe.