Jet 1642 Wood Lathe

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Blog entry by derek81 posted 12-10-2009 10:25 PM 942 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So, after many weeks and months of going back and forth on the type of lathe I was going to buy, I decided on a jet 1642 wood lathe. This lathe had all the features for me, I have been turning for about two months on an old Kraft tool wood lathe. It sucked. Had an old belt speed control, vibrated a lot, and impossible to find parts for. So I had some money stored away for a raining day and bought this machine. I will update everyone on what I find because I know that it would have been helpful to find reviews and blogs on woodworking lathes while in the buying process. I ordered last sunday and it showed up today. I unloaded it and put it together by myself. Not a whole lot to it, I would suggest to ask a friend to help set it up it is quite heavy. 457 pounds. Went together easy, and I was up and running in about a half an hour. Heavy machine, nice motor, I will continue later. I need to get back to turning.

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#1 posted 12-10-2009 10:54 PM

Hey, congrats, you will love the lathe, I still do. It is a great peice of equipment. Have fun and enjoy.

-- Even a broken clock is right twice a day, unless, it moves at half speed like ....-As the Saw Turns

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#2 posted 12-11-2009 12:05 AM

It sounds like you are getting ready to enjoy an early Christmas present. Have fun and let us know how it works out for you.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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