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Forum topic by murch posted 03-29-2011 12:03 AM 1458 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-29-2011 12:03 AM

Topic tags/keywords: lathe question turning

Hi LJ’s. This has probably been discussed before but I couldn’t find any info in the review section.
I’m thinking of buying the above after a look through the rockler catalogue. Does anyone have one?
Are they any good? All replies are welcome.

Best regards,

-- A family man has photos in his wallet where his money used to be.

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#1 posted 03-29-2011 05:26 AM

Murch -

I, too, have been looking at a small lathe. Iniitially at a mini lathe, and then concluded that 8 or 10 inch swing with a 14 inch or so space between centers (lessened by the chuck and/or centers) was not going to give me much room to make anything other than pens, little cup-like things and spinning tops. So, now I’m thinking a midi lathe which is a little larger and have been looking at the Jet 1220 and the similarly sized Delta (a 46-???). Heard both good and bad about the Delta and nothing but good about the jet. Anything of lesser quality would IMHO be a possible mistake. Im no more knowledgable than that, but it’s my ta’pence worth.

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#2 posted 03-29-2011 04:17 PM

Thanks Mike. There is a nagging voice in my head saying I’ll be bored in a year making small things and why didn’t i get a bigger m/c.

-- A family man has photos in his wallet where his money used to be.

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#3 posted 03-29-2011 04:29 PM

Murch, I’ve got the JET & have been pleased with it. It wasn’t very expensive & they offer all the bed extensions, etc. for a reasonable price. Don’t forget to factor in the chuck cost, as mine was as much as the lathe!

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#4 posted 03-29-2011 05:20 PM

I have that exact lathe and have been very satisfied with it. You can make some pretty decent sized bowls and vases, but not large platters, of course. The down side is that if you really end up enjoying turning, you will eventually wish you had a little more power and capacity. But the good news is that all the accessories you buy for this lathe, like turning tools and chucks, will be usable with many larger lathes should you decide to upgrade later.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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