The WEN 3420 Lathe is a budget-friendly option, that is both powerful and affordable. This best wood lathe has received loads of good reviews since its launch, but even then we know that no product is perfect for everyone.\r\n\r\nSo we thought about reviewing it here, covering its features, what\u2019s great about it, what\u2019s not and pitching it against the NOVA 46300.\r\n\r\nThe three big things about the WEN 3420 Lathe is the working surface and that you can adjust the speeds. So, the whole body is made from cast iron steel with a distance of 2 feet across and about a foot high. That\u2019s just enough to fit most work stations.\r\n\r\nYou also have an 8-inch work area, and with the movable tailstock, you could easily fit a 12-inch piece of wood there. Being compact, this is the choice for beginners, and for professionals working on small projects.\r\n\r\n \tDimensions: 26X10X12 inches\r\n \tWeight: 44.1 pounds \r\n\r\nNext is the adjustable speeds that vary from 750 to 3200 RPMs, but it will not start off on full speed as soon as it turned on and gradually builds up to the speed that you need.\r\n\r\nThis is a good safety measure to have, seeing how this lathe is intended for beginners. All you have to do is change the speeds using the knob given on the side.\r\n\r\n \tvariable speeds,\r\n \tbudget approved,\r\n \tcompact size,\r\n \tdecent power,\r\n \taccessories included,\r\n \tfits most work stations.\r\n \tNot suited for big projects\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nAdvantages\r\nEnhanced grip via tailstock\r\nThe WEN 3420 Lathe has an MT1 spindle and a tailstock for a much better grip on the article that you\u2019reworking on.\r\n\r\nAnd you can put out the tailstock mandrel by about two inches using this turntable knob given on it.\r\n\r\nIf at any time it gets jammed, you have this small tool that you can punch out to help you out with that. The MT size is good for projects like pens, bowls.\r\nAccessories included\r\nWith the lathe, you are given some accessories that are sure to be helpful. These are the woodturner smoother and safer. Then you have the faceplate, the knockout rod, two tool rest pieces, tailstock cup center, flat wrench, headstock spur center among others.\r\n\r\n\r\nDisadvantages\r\nWe think that the power could have been better \u2013 this lather only has a 1\/3 horsepower motor that\u2019s 2 Amp in size. On the plus side, because of this motor specification, you have that gradual-start safety mechanism and prevent loads of damages.\r\nMotor and power \r\nThis determines how quickly you can cut wood, but will only work this well on small items. Anything bigger and you could damage that item \u2013 so it also determines what kind of projects you can work on using this lathe. The power ranges from 1\/8 to 2 horsepower. Normally lathes have about \u00bd or 1 horsepower.\r\nWEN 3420 Vs NOVA 46300\r\nThese are two lathe models with many overlapping specifications \u2013 yet are very different in their own right.\r\n\r\nFor one, there are a lot of things that you would like about the NOVA, especially if the woodwork is your hobby or profession \u2013 and a bigger lathe is what you really need as it fits bigger blanks, stocks easily. But we think that the WEN 3420 wins this round.\r\n\r\n\r\nSwing vs distance\r\nIn the WEN 3420, the smaller and lightweight size and build isn\u2019t a let down because of the 8 inches distance of the swing over bed and the 12 inches distance between the centers.\r\n\r\nThis compact build makes it easier to work with intricate carving for bigger, professional and DIY projects.\r\n\r\nIn this sense, its a good fit for intermediate users who are just getting the hang of chiseling fine details onto smaller woodblocks. But note that if you try the same with larger stock, the tool may not give you the same results.\r\n\r\nOn the Nova 46300, you have a 16.5-inch distance between the centers and a 12-inch full swing. Working, getting in those fine cuts and detailing on small stocks on this lathe was easy. Obviously with a larger size, one can accommodate bigger stock pieces.\r\nWeight\r\nThe WEN 3420 is portable with a weight of about 44 pounds, and that\u2019s after being assembled. The one issue we\u2019ve seen on most quick spinning, light power lathes are the intense vibrations from the chisel and the motor. The 3420 doesn\u2019t have this even when its on full speed.\r\n\r\nWith the Nova 46300, you have an assembled weight of 83 pounds. It\u2019s heavy but can still be carried around. This weight also helps keep the unit steady when the motor is spinning at 4000 RPM.\r\nMotors \r\nThe budget-friendly WEN 3420 has a 1\/3 horsepower with up to five-speed transmissions. A higher gear count means that you have greater control over fast or slow you want the lathe to spin \u2013 and it also means that you can work on various density stocks too. This motor ranges from\u00a0 750 to 3200 RPMs.\r\n\r\nThe Nova 46300 has a stronger motor ranging from \u00be horsepower and can rotate blanks, stocks at 250 to 4000 RPMs.\r\n\r\nFaster maximum speeds and slower minimum speeds deliver an even greater usability factor on most wood types and sizes. The user can set a speed using the dial to any of the five gears.\r\n\r\n\r\nConclusion\r\nThis lathe is for the beginners who have just started out on wood-crafting and aren\u2019t decide on what kind of lathe suits them best; or if they want to get used to using one before they move onto bigger, heavier professional lathes.\r\n\r\nAlso Check:\u00a0 Nova Galaxi DVR 1644 Lathe Review\r\n\r\nSo it all depends on how far you need to go when polishing your skills, or learning how to do projects better.\r\n\r\nThis\u00a0WEN 3420 lathe would make a good supplementary tool in our workshop, in addition to one that can handle heavy jobs.\r\n\r\nOne thing to note is that the 8 inch X 12-inch model has been discontinued, so what you will find is all that\u2019s left.\r\n\r\nThe design of the tailstock doesn\u2019t impress a lot of people, but the lathe is still pretty solid and works just great.\r\n\r\nThe lathe is light enough to be put away when you don\u2019t use it but it also means that you have to have extra support by clamping it down to hold it in place.\r\n\r\nThe only trade-off that you get with this price, and for the portability is that 1\/3 horsepower motor that can stall when you being overloading it, making it safe for beginners.\r\n\r\nIn some cases, we found that the motor takes a few seconds to get started and we were not sure whether this was the control unit acting up or the variable speed function being read.\r\n\r\nIt doesn\u2019t have all of the bells and whistles that you get on other lathes but works for amateurs. It also lacks the protective gear and cutting tools but does have the basic equipment needed to get you started.\r\n\r\nThe tailstock only extends ever so slightly, but easily and may not be good for horizontal drilling. Even with these downsides, it is still a lather for the price.\r\n\r\nFor an amateur, the WEN 3420 is a sturdy, compact lathe that fits the requirements of beginner woodturners.\r\n\r\nFor a professional, its good to have around for finer detailing on finished projects or as a benchtop tool \u2013 so there\u2019s something for everyone. One thing we could suggest here is testing out how far you can go with the stocks on this motor.\r\n\r\nIt is very simple to set up and easy to use once you get the hang of it, and if you\u2019re not an expert woodsman then you won\u2019t miss out on all of the features that this lathe could have used.\r\n\r\nWe will say this \u2013 that if you\u2019re a professional, then you will come across smaller things that might annoy you, like a seriously underpowered motor, latches that do the bare minimum and a spindle whacking out after a few months. Then again, this lathe isn\u2019t cut out for heavy-duty use, but it\u2019s not all that bad either.\r\n\r\nThere is this jump at the start that can be annoying but not to a point where you switch to another model, and after some time, this lathe doesn\u2019t miss a beat. We also think that its pretty compact too and fits well onto a table already filled with tools, and even then doesn\u2019t take up enough space.\r\n\r\nSo as you can see it is a pretty tricky decision, and we recommend seeing the entire piece in a hardware store to really get a feel of things before you buy it. Our WEN 3420 Lathe review has weighed out the pros, cons, and ways to use this machine and to see if its a good choice for you.