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Review by Jimthecarver posted 01-08-2014 05:37 PM 11999 views 0 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Having the Jet 1014 mini lathe and really loving it, and having no problems with it what so ever. I decided on the 1221VS model.
Unboxing it was fun, my past lathes have been hand me downs and/or very used and in need of rebuilding.

Upon opening I removed the lose goodies that came with it and lifted off the foam to reveal the site of a turners dream…mine anyway.

After getting it unboxed I noticed NO live center….bummer! Just a call to get that taken care of easily.

Noticing a huge change in lathes I had to set them side by side to show the difference.

I used a live center from an old shopsmith I have and Im in business. I chucked a piece of wood between the two centers and fired that baby up. She runs like a dream, the versatility of being able to turn the speed up down or put it in reverse while its running is a really great improvement.
I also noticed a nice improvement from the 1014, When turning it would slow down when applying pressure from the gouge. This machine actually speeds up to compensate for the loss of rpm. Then it slows again after it begins to pass the speed set on the readout. Cool feature!

The rpm readout is also a nice feature.

One thing I noticed is the belt is so much better than the old version.
I will update this after some time has been spent playing with the different features and getting use to it.

-- Can't never could do anything, to try is to advance.

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#1 posted 01-08-2014 05:48 PM

Congratulations on your new acquisition, please don’t forget to post some of your turns here!

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#2 posted 01-08-2014 07:51 PM

I saw this in a demo at Rockler a couple of months ago and was very impressed by it. I already have a Jet 1236 that works well for me at this point but this one made me take a second look.


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#3 posted 01-08-2014 09:04 PM

She said “pick one”...this I felt suited me for the small things im limited to now.

-- Can't never could do anything, to try is to advance.

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#4 posted 01-08-2014 09:20 PM

Congrats man! Looks like a great purchase.

-- Mike P., Arkansas,

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#5 posted 01-08-2014 11:48 PM

Congrats on that new piece. It looks very nice.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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#6 posted 01-09-2014 05:12 AM

Jim,thats a nice machine…low rpms,1 hp,reverse-ya hoo…congrats…

-- Jeff,Tucson,Az.

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#7 posted 01-09-2014 12:00 PM

Good luck with your new machine


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#8 posted 01-09-2014 02:07 PM

Thanks everyone,
It’s sitting on a old stand from a delta table saw…the stand for this lathe was another $300.00 or so and well let’s just say I am happy to have the lathe.
Thank the Lord for friends, a fella I have know a few years is a metal fabricator and said he would be happy to build a stand for free. With a light holder even!
So now its time to think dust collection!

-- Can't never could do anything, to try is to advance.

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#9 posted 01-09-2014 10:26 PM

Congrats on your new tool. You deserve that. Enjoy. Nice review.

-- "someone has to be wounded for others to be saved, someone has to sacrifice for others to feel happiness, someone has to die so others could live"

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#10 posted 01-10-2014 08:10 AM

Congratulations on the new lathe, sounds like things will go quicker

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#11 posted 01-10-2014 09:22 PM

That’s a SWEET looking setup. Congrats!

-- Matt -- I yam what I yam and that's all what I yam

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#12 posted 01-28-2014 07:07 PM

I have this same lathe and love it. I went to the local Rockler store and they have a stand for the older version, maybe the regular 1221 or the 1014, and it was too small. But that stand was discontinued, and they were selling it for $75. So, I picked it up, and then went to the local steel shop and got a $40 piece of 1/4” steel and bolted it to the stand, drilled new holes for the lathe, and Boom. cheap stand.

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#13 posted 01-28-2014 07:24 PM

by the way the only thing I don’t like so far for this is that the little cam lock handle for the tool rest is plastic. the other ones are metal, which is good, but I find myself tightening the tool rest one by hitting it with the butt of a gouge, and I’m afraid one day I will snap it off. especially if these temperatures stay so low in the midwest.

BTW, i also got a about a $200 barracuda chuck system from PSI which is titanium coated, and came with about 5 sets of jaws, which is a hell of a deal for a good hobbyist chuck.

-- Witty signature line still pending

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#14 posted 03-06-2014 05:16 PM

I purchased the 1221VS to replace my 1220 for a couple of reasons the bed is much heavier and I wanted VS and forward and reverse (too lazy to walk around the lathe). I’m fairly happy with the lathe and have no intentions of returning it. I took it out to the Central Florida Fair where we have a club booth set up to do demo’s. First let me say that this is a 2nd lathe and my primary Lathe is a Powermatic 3520B, I say this because I tend to forget that I’m not turning on a large lathe and expect the 1221 to work the same, it doesn’t. Its 120v not 220v, so it doesn’t have the HP or the torque of my big lathe. Some folks complain about the slow start up, I don’t find this an issue. I do find two things that bug me. (A) you will get an E4 error if you take too big a cut, the lathe will stop and you will need to turn it off and back on. This is listed in the owner’s manual (I know I actually read it). (B) Like the 1220 and many other small lathes the Clamping Block is too small for holding the tail stock in place and like mentioned above the handles on the tail stock and banjo are a bit small. Other than that it works fine. I did 4 11” bowls while demonstrating and only blew the bottom out of one…talking too much. Oh, one last thing, the stand for the 1221VS is way too expensive. I used the stand from my 1220 and added removable wheels. Let me know if you’d like to see them, they really are kind of cool. Ciao

-- Bill

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#15 posted 05-23-2017 02:51 PM

More reviews about JET 1221VS lathe at here

-- Richard Campbell,

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