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10-19-2021 11:48 AM

Topic tags/keywords: lathe

Hi there I am a Canadian buying a lathe for my son, I’m starting with a midi lathe since that is his experience level right now. My pick after much research is the Jet JWL1221VS, however it is not available in Canada( sold out) I like these specs, variable speed, forward/reverse, easy access to belts, motor 1hp. Canada sells all the others except powermatic. Is there another midi lathe that is comparible to the Jet 1221? Thanks in advance!

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#1 posted 10-19-2021 03:18 PM

Hi Mom (well, somebody’s Mom). A lot of these machines are made by a few companies in Asia. So other brands may have essentially the same tool. I took a look at Grizzley but they didn’t have 12×21 but 12×18 and I didn’t look long enough to determine how similar it was to the Jet.

I looked at but they didn’t seem to sell anything but very basic lathe.

Good luck with the search.

-- I intended to be a woodworker, but turned into a tool and lumber collector.

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#2 posted 10-19-2021 03:22 PM

I have a Rikon 70-220VSR and have 2 more in my classroom. They have been great machines, not sure if or where they might be available in canada.

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#3 posted 10-19-2021 04:52 PM

Not sure where you live, I went to buy a Rikon, but ended up with a King 12/18 for a lot less money?
Check out KMS tools in your area, the money you save will go a long way towards all the accessories that will follow!

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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#4 posted 10-19-2021 04:53 PM

The Rikon midi lathe is availabe in Canada, and looks pretty similar to the Jet:
The Craftex (BusyBee house brand slapped on what looks like the exact same lathe as the Grizzly G0844) midi lathe is also pretty similar in specs:

-- Jeremy, in the Acadian forests

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#5 posted 10-19-2021 05:13 PM

Thank you for your reply, you’re right the specs are similar however I forgot to mention the Jet 1221 is made of cast iron and since my son will build a cabinet for it I like the extra weight. It seems that I’ll have to make a decision soon since supply seems to be drying up too. Thanks for the advice.Reviews here n Canada say run don’t walk from Craftex

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#6 posted 10-19-2021 05:32 PM

Yeah, I had a Craftex bandsaw that I could never get to cut straight, endless frustration. I sold it at a pretty substantial loss. I imagine I just had a lemon and many of their tools probably work well, but I’ve avoided the brand since. I’d choose the Rikon over the Craftex.
King Canada sells a similar sized lathe, looks like cast iron. I have a King jointer that I’ve been very satisfied with, although jointers are simpler tools than lathes.

-- Jeremy, in the Acadian forests

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#7 posted 10-22-2021 02:12 AM

I have used the Jet 1221vs, and I am really not impressed with it. Speed control was not right, not constant, and hard to get a repetitive speed.

While I have not used the Rikon lathe, this topic has come up many times here. And you can search it here on lumberjocks. Most Rikon tools seems to have favorable reviews here.

At the bottom of this Acme tool web page there is a link for the complete use and care manual.
Tells everything you need to know about it.

I like the available options that can be purchased for the lathe as well. #1, Magnetic remote speed control. I have a lathe that has this. Very nice to be able to relocate the controls. #2, 1” tool post. Most midi lathes, including the one I started with use a 5/8” post. When I upgraded to a full size lathe. I had to buy all new tool rests. #3, Bed extensions are very nice. Makes longer projects like table legs possible. #4, With the bed extension you can turn outboard up to 15”.

Good luck,

-- John

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#8 posted 10-22-2021 03:02 AM

The Rikon mentioned above would be a good alternative to the Jet. The Laguna REVO 12 X 16 Lathe gets good reviews and would another option worth considering. I have a full size Laguna lathe and it is well made.

-- 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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#9 posted 10-22-2021 03:24 PM

i dont have no suggestion but do you need another son :<))))))

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN :<))

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#10 posted 10-22-2021 10:54 PM

Thank you for all your feedback, it has helped with the decision process. I especially love the offer to be my “son”. His birthday is in January and it’s a landmark year so Xmas and birthday gift combined. Hopefully all this research and advice will result in years of pursuing his love of woodworking. And maybe I’ll get a pen out of it.

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#11 posted 10-22-2021 11:47 PM

Whenever I read the thread title I laugh because it sounds like a put-down, lol!

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#12 posted 10-23-2021 03:13 AM

WELL! This sheds a whole new light on things. I thought them Lumberjock things were just the product of boiled linseed oil spilled on a pile of sawdust, and other natural phenomenon.

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