The bed extension increases spindle capacity 16”. It is made from the same heavy materials as the lathe bed. If you have a Tilt-Away, bolt the bed extension to the headstock end. Buy it with your lathe or add it later.
Why get the 3 HP? It’s a little like buying a pickup with the big V8 for those times you pull your RV over the mountains. Because you will occasionally turn big wood with this lathe, you will appreciate the extra power. It’s also much cheaper to order this option with the lathe, as you are just paying the incremental cost between the 2HP and 3HP. If you order the 2HP and later want to change, both the motor and drive need to be replaced, and the retail value of these two items combined is greater than $1,000.
Useful for long spindles that require a double posted toolrest (we make those special order). Also useful for steady rest work when you want a toolrest on each side of the steady rest. Toolrest not included.
Especially handy when you have the gap removed for a large diameter piece and want a to turn both sides of the work without relocating the banjo. Also useful for long spindles that require a double posted toolrest and for steady rest work when you want a toolrest on each side of the steady rest. Toolrest not included.