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bline22

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06-14-2019 01:23 PM

Topic tags/keywords: lathe wood turning

Hello,

I do not own a lathe but have been using my drill press with mixed results trying to make my young daughters and wife some rings for fun. I have dreamt of a lathe but have never went much beyond.

I saw a deal posted recently for a Jet 719115 JWL-1221SP and was considering it. I have had some non variable speed drill presses in the past which i found very much so a pain in butt to make speed changes to the thing and found i never used it as a result. This is probably my biggest concern with this unit but again, i know very little about these things so am hoping for comment and opinion. It looks however, to get a variable speed unit the cost goes up a lot so not sure if it is worth it.

How often are people messing with the speed when turning?

What are peoples opinion of this unit and might it be a good starting point or will i quickly outgrow this where I should save my money?

or might i find that i am dialing different speeds in where I will be frustrated I didn’t get a variable speed unit?

I had some good stand suggestions from Rich on the deals post on this but looking for any other additional items related to how people build stands and so on.

Any other info would be great for someone new to this.

Thanks.


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Hockey

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#1 posted 06-14-2019 01:53 PM

That lathe should be just fine as a starter or even as a forever lathe. Actually, if you fall in love with turning like many do, you may want to keep it as a second lathe when you buy a larger lathe. Many people in my turning club have multiple lathes. I have the variable speed model of that lathe (1221vs), and one still needs to change belt pulley positions for different speed ranges.

I looked at the online manual for the SP model on the Jet website, and it looks like belt change procedures are the same as on the VS model. I like the ratcheting belt tension lever. Belt position changes are quick and easy. Looks like the main differences between the VS and SP are, of course, variable speed and 3/4 hp vs. 1 hp (3/4 hp is adequate) motor. The SP is also almost as heavy which is a good thing.

That is a great deal by the way.

Also factor in that it is a Jet with a 5 year warranty, and the Jet customer service is great.

Of course, note that the cost of the lathe is only one factor to consider. They do not come with turning tools. You will need some basic tools that you can get pretty inexpensive for starters, and then get the higher priced tools at a later time if you enjoy turning.

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Davevand

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#2 posted 06-14-2019 02:01 PM

I bought that one and it will be here early next week. As Hockey said, the lathe is the cheap part, I have already spent more money on chucks, chisels and other stuff than I did on the lathe and I have not even started buying a sharpening system :-(

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Hockey

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#3 posted 06-14-2019 02:07 PM

You can still go with inexpensive tools to start with to see if you like it. I started with several used tools, and still use them. They are not even HSS. Of course, the key is a sharp tool. You have to learn how to sharpen. This is critical for turning for safety and quality of cut. You can get a good slow speed grinder for around $100.00 new. I have the Wen, and it has served me well.

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bline22

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#4 posted 06-14-2019 03:05 PM

Thanks for the replies.

So what would be some good first tools to get for this?

Any videos or suggestions on learning how to turn?

Unless people think otherwise, i might continue my ring making stuff so I would be curious how i would do that using this and what changes I would need to make to the tool to do so?

@Davevand I am curious, what sort of stuff are you doing that you are spending so much on additional tools.

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HokieKen

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#5 posted 06-14-2019 03:35 PM

I have no experience with this lathe but I have had a non-vs midi (HF model) and currently have a VS Delta midi. I change speeds a lot. Whether it’s a dial or a belt change, it’s something that has to be done. Especially if you’re working with unbalance blanks like firewood or logs/limbs you pick up around town. But, as others said, it really depends on what you’re turning. If you only plan to turn rings and to do so from small purchased blanks, you can probably put it on one belt position and leave it there.

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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bline22

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#6 posted 06-14-2019 03:46 PM

I would hope that I could graduate from rings and do most things as my interest/experience grows. I am guessing to start I would just grab scrap stuff as i have it was my original thought. Maybe that shines through even more how novice i am with turning. ;)

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Jackryan

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#7 posted 06-14-2019 08:28 PM

I have a 3 pulley variable speed Jet lathe , a small one I only do pens and such on it. I drill on the low pulley at 500 rpm and turn, sand and apply Ca on the middle pulley 1100 to 2600. If I did not have the variable speed I would probably have quit turning years ago. Get it you will never regret it.

-- Dave, Wi.

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Davevand

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#8 posted 06-14-2019 09:14 PM



Thanks for the replies.

So what would be some good first tools to get for this?

Any videos or suggestions on learning how to turn?

Unless people think otherwise, i might continue my ring making stuff so I would be curious how i would do that using this and what changes I would need to make to the tool to do so?

@Davevand I am curious, what sort of stuff are you doing that you are spending so much on additional tools.

- bline22


I bought a Nova G3 chuck, a couple of carbide and a set of HSS chisels, that is already more than the lathe

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Woodknack

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#9 posted 06-14-2019 09:42 PM

I posted a reply to this earlier today but apparently it didn’t go through. Buy the Delta Midi, it’s the best mid-size lathe available and is better built than anything similar. The Delta is a good enough lathe that even if you go to a big lathe in the future, you’ll probably keep the Delta for smaller projects.

-- Rick M, http://thewoodknack.blogspot.com/

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Lazyman

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#10 posted 06-15-2019 03:00 AM

Belt changes on the mini lathe are much easier than on the drill press, for my tools anyway. If you later find that you want variable speed, you may be able to upgrade using the PSI variable speed motor. BTW, If you sign up for their email, they usually send you a 15% off coupon code for your first purchase.

I usually just set my mini lathe on a bench top. It was only a problem when turning relatively large off balance chunks for bowls and then, I just had to do initial rounding at lower speeds.

-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

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