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Nova Comet II 12'' x 16-1/2'' Midi Lathe with Chuck and 5-Piece Turning Set

Value-added combo package pairs a compact, versatile lathe with a chuck and 5-piece set of mini turning tools! Total package value $754.97!
Item #
52998
Rating:
78% of 100

Full-service lathe package includes a versatile chuck and 5-Piece Mini Turning Tool Set so you can start turning right away. Comet II lathe features electronic variable speed with a wide RPM range from 250 to 4000 RPM. Forward/reverse switch for flexibility and a superior finish. Optional Versaturn accessories let you use it as a grinding wheel, wire brush, sanding disc, belt sander or wet stone. Included turning tools are 10'' long—perfect for pens, bottle stoppers and other small items. HSS for easy sharpening and good edge retention. Included Nova G3 Comet II Chuck has a locking set screw for safe use in reverse. It is a four-jaw, self-centering scroll chuck with a high-powered TuffLock™ grip for incredibly solid, vibration free performance. Single-handed operation for easy setup. It has less weight, and less overhang than the larger chucks—perfect for the Comet II lathe. Minimal 1.79'' body length maximizes your distance between centers, and reduces stress on the spindle. Includes a set of 2'' (50mm) jaws.


Lathe Features:

  • 3-Step pulley system offers different speed ranges while providing maximum flexibility. The middle step usually provides enough range for most wood turning applications.However, the additional 2 steps provide more torque for more demanding applications
  • Quality materials - solid precision machined cast iron throughout
  • Quick-action cam controls adjust quickly and precisely to your requirements


Chuck Features:

  • Locking screw allows the chuck to be used while the lathe is running in reverse mode
  • Small, compact design minimizes load on small spindles and bearings
  • Precise, powerful hardened gear action with Tuff Lock® technology
  • Able to take all Nova accessory jaws. However, please note: the larger accessory jaws in the Nova line are not recommended for use on the Nova G3 Comet II Chuck. For more information, see the offers for individual jaw sets
  • Four jaw design firmly grips both round and square wood
  • Precision machined in one operation from a solid steel block for optimal accuracy
  • Polished metal finish to allow for closer tolerances and accuracy
  • Jaw slides made from high-tech copper fused steel for maximum hardness, wear, and self-lubricating properties
  • Auto safety stop feature—jaw slides can't protrude past the chuck body
  • Common insert/adapter fitting is compatible across all Nova chucks
  • Safe Lock™ Woodworm screw included for fast mounting of rough timbers
(1) Nova Comet II 12" x 16-1/2" Midi Lathe
(1) 3"/80mm faceplate
(1) 6"/152mm toolrest
(1) 2MT live center
(1) 2MT spur center
(1) Hand wheel
(1) Knock out bar
(1) Manual and fastenings
(1) 1/8'' spindle gouge
(1) 1/8'' parting tool
(1) 1/4'' round-nose scraper
(1) 1/4'' skew chisel
(1) 1/4'' spindle gouge
(1) Nova G3 Comet II Reversible Chuck
(1) Set of 50mm/2'' jaws
(1) Safe Lock™ Woodworm screw
(1) T-bar chuck key
(1) Manual and fastenings
Rockler Protection Plan

With the Rockler Protection Plan, you'll get accidental damage coverage immediately upon purchase of your tool. Plus, we will extend the manufacturer's warranty for your choice of an additional 1 or 2 years. We'll take care of all parts and labor for any repairs, with no deductibles and no hassles. If your tool can not be repaired, we'll gladly replace it. Available in the US only. Click here to learn more.

Standard Manufacturer's Warranty: 24 months, 12 months on motors, electronics
More Information
Brand Nova
Manufacturer Part Number 46302
Weight 89.9500
Tech Spec Lathe:
  • Inboard Bowl Turning Capacity: 12''/300mm
  • Distance Between Centers: 16-1/2''/419mm
  • Motor: 3/4HP, 120v single phase
  • Variable Speed Range: 250 - 4000rpm
  • Spindle Thread: 1'' x 8 TPI RH
  • Tailstock: 2MT hollow, quill travel 1.6''/40.60mm

Chuck:
  • Threading: 1'' 8-TPI RH/LH
  • Swing Capacity: Up to 400mm/16'' diameter
  • Maximum Bowl Diameter with 50mm/2'' Jaws: Up to 350mm/14''
  • Maximum Spigot Length with 50mm/2'' Jaws: Up to 50mm/2''
  • Full Packaged Weight: 1.4 kgs/3.1 lbs.

Turning Tools:
  • Overall Length: Approximately 10''
  • Handle Material: Wood
  • Handle Length: Approximately 6''
  • Shaft Material: HSS
  • Shaft Length: Approximately 4''
3.9 / 5.0
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Perfect lathe for beginner
This is my first lathe. I’ve had a couple of weeks. I’ve really enjoyed it so far.
May 9, 2019
Purchased
6 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Beginner
Midi Lathe
Love my new lathe. I have been shopping for a new midi lathe for a long time and I am delighted with the quality and function of this lathe.
April 17, 2019
Purchased
6 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Intermediate
Very impressed! Worth the buy
For a beginner and never wanting to shop at harber freight i have to say this was a great buy! The mini turning tools are what they say mini. Very small and kinda challenging to use at first but they do their job mostly. I am impressed with how easy and versatile this lathe is though. Easy to use and work with. Great beginner lathe for the price.
June 26, 2018
Purchased
1 year ago
Woodworking Experience:
Beginner
Lathe and Chuck awesome, mini set of tools is useless but it's ok
June 21, 2018
Purchased
1 year ago
Woodworking Experience:
Intermediate
multiple users
Highly recommend for small shop...
the chuck has changed our lives...
would like a legend or identifier for 3 belts and speed control
April 4, 2018
Purchased
1 year ago
Woodworking Experience:
Beginner
Nova comet ll
I have had this lathe about a month. I could not happier. The price was within my budget and so far I have had very good luck. It run very quiet. I am a beginning turner so I am learning something new every day. This was a very good buy for me.
February 3, 2018
Woodworking Experience:
Intermediate
Very good Beginner laythe
As a new turner this lthe is excatly what I needed. Still learning but works like a champ. The only downside I have seen is the toolrest need a but of help so the tools will slide properly.
October 8, 2019
Purchased
1 month ago
Woodworking Experience:
Beginner
Just learning
Great starter unit. Have not used it much yet. The amount I did it has worked well.
September 1, 2019
Purchased
2 months ago
My first lathe and I picked a good one. Easy to change speed ranges and the chuck that came as part of the package is good.
First bowl on the Comet. Great midi lathe.
First bowl on the Comet. Great midi lathe.
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August 7, 2019
Purchased
2 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Beginner
This lathe is exactly what I was looking for. It fits my shop with the option to add on with the table extension. I’m new to this game and I have in one week made a fish wacker and two goblets. The machine runs smooth and Quiet with plenty of muscle, she’s not shy for power. Lots of attachments for this lathe also. Nova makes a great product I believe.
April 1, 2019
Purchased
7 months ago
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Why did you choose this?
Rockler Store
Value package
Josh E on Oct 7, 2019
I've always wanted to try a lathe. My neighbor has a lathe and does wonders with it.
Alton S on Apr 10, 2019
Value package
Josh E on Oct 7, 2019
On sale
Dan M on Sep 17, 2019
I've always wanted to try a lathe. My neighbor has a lathe and does wonders with it.
Alton S on Apr 10, 2019
reviews were favorable for first time user
Ann K on Nov 26, 2018
Reviews by professional journals and websites and comments of customers.
Brian W on Jul 31, 2018
a lot of research, solid brand name, a lathe I can grow with over time as my skills improve. the package was also nice being a first time buyer.<br /> Rockler's blis pay really made my final choices <br />a lot easier
KEVIN B on Jul 26, 2018
Large throw for a small lathe. Package deal.
Dave c on Jun 27, 2018
Very Good reviews online.
Tim T on Jun 2, 2018
Compared the Penn option with all the extras, but in the end just had to choose one..
Jeremy H on May 21, 2018
I’m building fishing rod cork handles and reel seats
BRIAN S on May 16, 2018
Excellent reviews, Nova has a good reputation. Hopefully this will be a good machine for me .
George S on Apr 29, 2018
variable speed, reversible, in the price range I could afford
Jim B on Apr 21, 2018
great value
Sue E on Apr 8, 2018
best buy
Donald W on Feb 5, 2018
Like my Nova Drill Press
Rod on Jan 25, 2018
i HAVE BEEN LOOKING A LONG TIME. SALE IS GOOD TIME TO FINALLY MAKE THE PURCHASE
George on Jan 25, 2018
We saw it in the store and thought it looked like a great deal. My husband didn't have a lathe.
Virginia W on Dec 22, 2017
On sale
Dan M on Sep 17, 2019
reviews were favorable for first time user
Ann K on Nov 26, 2018
Can you upgrade the turning tools to a different size like 3/8 instead of 1/4 and so on?
Paul on Oct 29, 2017
What are the dimensions of the Nova Comet II lathe? Specifically, the length and width of the base and the overall length of the lathe?
Lilwigg on Oct 10, 2017
Will this lathe allow working on stone?
Hector H on Nov 28, 2017
BEST ANSWER: If you are talking about grinding stone using the lathe to turn the stone, I would not recommend it. The grit would get into the bearings and the slide. It is really meant for wood
Can you get a bed extension for this lathe?
wpuvy on May 11, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Yes we have that. Rockler item #44435
what is the over all length of the unit?
Gary K on Jun 12, 2018
BEST ANSWER: 36 inches which includes the knobs
Can you turn bowls with this lathe?
Mike M on Mar 3, 2019
BEST ANSWER: You should be able to turn bowls on this lathe. They will be small bowls because of the size. I am new to turning so I have turned some chisel handles and mallets so far. I bought the extension bed to turn balusters.
Are all the lock handles plastic?
Kelly M on Sep 1, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Yes they are plastic but I have never had an issue with them. This is my first lathe so I have no experience with other models but I do not anticipate any issues with the handles.
Were do you get replacement belt?
Corindus on Sep 14, 2019
BEST ANSWER: I haven’t needed a replacement belt yet. I just searched and found reference to a “New after market belt for Nova Comet II lathe midi” on the web.