i am in the market for a new wood lathe. i am a beginner and would like something to help me learn as well as handle more advanced techinques when i learn them (outboard turning, fluting) so the ridgid lathe seems like a good choice for the money, but grizzly, jet, and delta make some pretty impressive machines as well for a few more buck (around $150 to $200 more) which seem to be heavier and offer more options later on down the line. if you could buy a new lathe in the $300 to $600 range which would it be and why?does ridgid plan to roll out a new cast iron bed lathe, maybe with outboard turning options and lathe duplication ability (without extensive modifications) in the near future-say within the next six to a year to compete with the other lathe brands mentioned earlier?
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