Simple Modification of Jet 1014 Lathe

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Forum topic by Kelly posted 03-26-2016 03:44 PM 1335 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-26-2016 03:44 PM

Topic tags/keywords: jet lathe mini mini lathe speed speed adjust speed adjustment belt 1014 tip lathe modification

I got a fair deal on a mini Jet a while back, so got to see what the hullabaloo about lathes was all about. At least some what. I’ve been enjoying it a lot. All my files have really nice handles and so do a those of a few of my friends, for example.

Changing speed, by swapping the belt position, isn’t horrible, but I can see why people upgrade to lathes with variable speed control.

To change speeds on my little lathe, you have to find a wrench and loosen a bolt. I could just buy a replacement knob, but I noticed the bolt allowed me to leave it snug enough to hold the motor in the up position, and to slid it back down.

The only problem I had was, the washer would, occasionally, tilt a little and require me to go grab the wrench again, to loosen the bolt, adjust the washer, then lightly snug the bolt.

Anything to make changes easier is a good thing, of course. On a whim, I grabbed a pieces of 1/4” aluminum scrap about two inches long and used it for the washer. It’s long enough, it doesn’t tip.

Changing belt position is just a matter of pulling the motor lever up (pressure holds it in place), flip the two doors open, position the belt, close the doors, push the motor lever down again and go.

I don’t know if this would help someone else on other lathes, but it might be worth trying, since it can be undone quickly, if it doesn’t work.

P.S., I haven’t had any problems with belt slippage.

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#1 posted 03-26-2016 08:36 PM

I may give it a try.
I made a change to my mini that helps with using the levers on the tool rest and tail stock.
Easy to grab and work with.

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#2 posted 03-26-2016 09:14 PM

You can’t see it in the pictures, but I did the same to the tail stock bed lock. It made a HUGE difference. Before, I kept the mallet there to give the lock a tap. Now the mallet still stays there, but only to prep the centers.

My tool rest stop doesn’t fight me like the tail stock lock does, so I made no modification to it.

The longer handles are an excellent improvement (mine has a 3/4” copper “ferrule” too).

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