Last night I received the Nova Comet II lathe that I ordered after taking the “Introduction to the Lathe” class last week.
Now, I live in Arizona where rain is not a very common thing, but sure enough the lathe was delivered I worked late and it rained. When I got home my lathe was sitting outside in a soaking wet box. Of course, two feet from where the box was set, my house has an overhang that would have kept the box dry, but instead it was directly under the corner of the house where all of the water runs off the roof.
Thankfully (or maybe not… you’ll see) the box it was shipped in was much larger than the lathe box itself and between the shipping box and brown packing paper, most of the water was absorbed and the lathe box was dry.
This morning I was planning on setting the lathe up, breaking it in, then testing it out. But when I opened the box, the first thing I saw was a large crack in the cast iron bed of the lathe. I do wonder if it was wise for the company I ordered the lathe from to pack a heavy small box inside a large box with just paper packing material around it. I’m sure the shipping company may have had something to do with the crack as well.
Needless to say, I won’t be using the lathe anytime soon. I’m in the process of trying to figure out if I should return it to the company I ordered it from and purchase a lathe locally for more money, or if I should work with the manufacturer to get a replacement.