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Michael Dow

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02-10-2020 06:43 PM

Topic tags/keywords: lathe turning newbie gloat

I’m a lurker mostly, coming for info since my skills don’t really rise to the level where I feel like I could give good advice,

But! This past weekend, I found a thing.

As I was putting stuff in my storage unit, the facility manager, while driving by, noted a plethora of tools (I’m installing a beam in my garage, so had to move most stuff out) and stopped to converse. After conversing about an unusual vise that I have, has asked if I needed a lathe.

I have never had a lathe, but would like to get into turning pens and other minor things.. so I went down 2 units to see what was up.

I walked away with this:

I felt like I got ripped off for the princely sum of $150, but I guess there’s one born every minute….

-- -Michael Dow, Houston, TX.


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Bill White

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#1 posted 02-10-2020 08:05 PM

No experience with the Jet, but I don’t feel that ya got “ripped”. Are all the parts with it? If so, assemble, tune/true, get some tooling (starter set), and get to turning. Be sure to let us know the outcome.

-- [email protected]

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pottz

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#2 posted 02-10-2020 08:10 PM

jet makes great quality tools so if youve got everything and it works the price is pretty good.as bill said once you get it together post some pics and a report.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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Michael Dow

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#3 posted 02-10-2020 08:42 PM



No experience with the Jet, but I don t feel that ya got “ripped”. Are all the parts with it? If so, assemble, tune/true, get some tooling (starter set), and get to turning. Be sure to let us know the outcome.

- Bill White

My sense of humor tends to be pretty dry and snarky. I would have gladly paid $175 for it.

-- -Michael Dow, Houston, TX.

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MrUnix

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#4 posted 02-10-2020 09:05 PM

Not too bad a price for that trolling motor…. oh, did you mean the lathe?

That is a great deal if it works :) Looks like it might be missing a few things though. But it’s a $1500+ lathe new, so you have some extra cash to work with! I’m with everyone else, report back once you have it together and can better assess what all you got.

Cheers,
Brad

-- Brad in FL - In Dog I trust... everything else is questionable

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Michael Dow

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#5 posted 02-10-2020 09:09 PM


That is a great deal if it works :) Looks like it might be missing a few things though. But it s a $1500+ lathe new, so you have some extra cash to work with! I m with everyone else, report back once you have it together and can better assess what all you got.

Cheers,
Brad

- MrUnix

Actually I think all the pieces were there except the lower basket. Most everything was underneath in a box…

-- -Michael Dow, Houston, TX.

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Gittyup

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#6 posted 02-10-2020 10:09 PM

If the head is good, you got a great deal.

-- tel

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#7 posted 02-10-2020 11:28 PM

Looks like you can turn a hell of a pen with that…

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fivecodys

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#8 posted 02-10-2020 11:49 PM

I have need seen a lathe with a trolling motor before. Is that some new fangled attachment for bowls? :)

-- A bad day woodworking is still better than a good day working.

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SMP

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#9 posted 02-11-2020 12:47 AM


I have need seen a lathe with a trolling motor before. Is that some new fangled attachment for bowls? :)

- fivecodys

Its for “turning” leftover fish into chum. You’d have to buy the Nova G3 Ceviche edition if you wanted to eat it yourself.

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bigJohninvegas

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#10 posted 02-11-2020 02:35 AM

So I own that model of Jet lathe. Love it, and I have had no issues so far. Bought it new back around 2015, 16, can’t remember exact year. But it was $2200. with the black friday 15% off deal.
So I am a little shocked to see the drive unit completely tore down. The Inverter is still attached. How about the rest of the electrical controls on the other side.
If it is just the the spindle and motor removed, maybe it just needed bearings, which will be an easy fix.
So mine has had no issues so far. But I have known two other turners that have had the same lathe. Several years older than mine. and both have had to replace the red E stop switch. $90 part on e replacement. So if you get it all back together and it won’t start, Check that switch.

Good luck.

-- John

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Michael Dow

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#11 posted 02-11-2020 01:02 PM



So I own that model of Jet lathe. Love it, and I have had no issues so far. Bought it new back around 2015, 16, can t remember exact year. But it was $2200. with the black friday 15% off deal.
So I am a little shocked to see the drive unit completely tore down. The Inverter is still attached. How about the rest of the electrical controls on the other side.
If it is just the the spindle and motor removed, maybe it just needed bearings, which will be an easy fix.
So mine has had no issues so far. But I have known two other turners that have had the same lathe. Several years older than mine. and both have had to replace the red E stop switch. $90 part on e replacement. So if you get it all back together and it won t start, Check that switch.

Good luck.

- bigJohninvegas

You’re correct in your assessment: the head/drive unit is, for the most part, completely disassembled. I’ll pull it and the box of parts from my unit to assemble and test it.

-- -Michael Dow, Houston, TX.

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bondogaposis

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#12 posted 02-11-2020 02:03 PM

Nice snag, I’ve never seen anyone use a trolling motor for a headstock before.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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controlfreak

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#13 posted 02-11-2020 02:10 PM

I have this image in my head of you twisting the throttle on the trolling motor to get the wood blank up to turning speed.

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OSU55

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#14 posted 02-11-2020 03:11 PM

Even if you have to replace some major parts thats a steal of a deal. IF you catch the turning bug, tho, it will clean several thou out of your bank account for all the tools and accessories, I know from experience. Well worth the cost.

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DS

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#15 posted 02-11-2020 03:16 PM

I have this lathe, and yes, it is $2200 all day long.
I’ve contemplated buying the bed extension to do longer columns and it goes for $800.
So, even the bed and legs you have are worth around that much, and the VFD alone is probably worth twice what you paid.

I would imagine that, even if you had to spend a few hundred on parts to get it running, you would have a very nice lathe there.

-- "Hard work is not defined by the difficulty of the task as much as a person's desire to perform it.", DS251

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