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Project by Mlke posted 1496 days ago 2539 views 0 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My new lathe, electronic variable speed, the only time you have to change belts is for more torque or more speed. Veryyy sturdy, all cast iron, but i’m not sure what the bed is. Has forward and reverse which is verry useful. The lathe is very easy to use.
The bowl on there is monkeypod from a wood gloat, i was told the tree had a bees nest on top somewhere, and that it had been struck by lightning! so i’m eager to see the grain, although there has been aloooot of tearout.. but i think that might be because its still wet.. hopefully.
I would definitely recommend this lathe to anyone.
I’m not really sure what to say about the lathe so if you have any questions please ask.
Also, i’m waiting on a supernova2 to come in the mail, should be here around the 22.

-- The hard work won't take too long, the impossible will take a little longer





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Cher

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#1 posted 1496 days ago

That is awesome, don’t you just feel grand. I have the Jet 1442 and I am very happy with it.

-- When you know better you do better.

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Mike67

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#2 posted 1496 days ago

Congratulations, Mike. Nice score. Question for you. How wide is the base on that? I’m wondering if I have space for one.
Thanks,
Mike

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Mlke

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#3 posted 1496 days ago

Mike, the width of the legs are 20”, but if you plan on using the safety fence thing, that extends another 10”. Also, if you plan on doing any outboard turning, you’re gonna need some extra room.
The overall length (that includes the length of the motor) is 69”, the length of the bed is 57”

-- The hard work won't take too long, the impossible will take a little longer

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Swede

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#4 posted 1496 days ago

Looks like you have a winner.
I have an old shopsmith I bought to use for wood turning but I have had it for years and never used it. I have been thinking on getting one of the Jet wood lathes. I dont know the model but it is over $1000.00 at the big tool store.

-- Swede -- time to make some sawdust

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Mike67

96 posts in 1932 days


#5 posted 1496 days ago

Thanks for the measurements!
Mike

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a1Jim

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#6 posted 1496 days ago

congrats on getting a good lathe

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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Andrew

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#7 posted 1496 days ago

Dude, I have the same lathe, Its a great machine. Had it almost a year now, maybe 500 hours of use. I love it, I love it, Ilove it.
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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reggiek

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#8 posted 1496 days ago

Great lathe!...I have a smaller Jet that I got used (it has the extended bed) for longer spindles as my Powermatic is very expensive for the bed extension. I find the Jet lathes to be well designed and very sturdy machines. Even my smaller (12” VS) is very sturdy and well thought out….Indexing, belt changing is easy…and it is easy to reach and read the speed dial…only thing is no digital read out…but not really necessary for spindles. The best thing of all is that my chucks are interchangeable with the Jet and my Powermatic (with a cheap adapter)...so I can easily go from one unit to the other – saves alot of setup changes so I can drill pen blanks on one while I turn on the other…and so on.

-- Woodworking.....My small slice of heaven!

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Mary Anne

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#9 posted 1496 days ago

Congratulations on your new lathe. This is one of my top favorite tools in my shop.
I would highly recommend it to anyone.

Mike67
The headstock can be moved along the length of the bed so you can shorten that measurement down to the 57” length of the bed if you need to. Even if you are cramped for space, this machine is worth squeezing in.

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schloemoe

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#10 posted 1496 days ago

Like you’re new lathe man wish I had one that nice….........................Schloemoe

-- schloemoe, Oregon , http://www. woodrehab.blogspot.com

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Bearpie

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#11 posted 1496 days ago

Good score on that lathe! If I may make a suggestion I would say that it would be a good idea to not run the tail stock shaft as far out as it is shown in your picture. I would suggest to run it out no more than 1/3 of its length, the idea being that the further you extend it out the harder it is on the shaft: for example, if you were holding a baby would you hold it out at arms length or close up? WHY? Your arms will get tired very shortly if you hold the baby out at arms length! That same principle applies to everything, you will get more wear and tear and metal fatigue over a period of time. There are exceptions to every thing and possibly there is a reason you did it that way, I consider my lathe “My Baby” and I’m treating it accordingly. Just my point of view and others may have a different opinion. It is also that I was in the welding industry for 30 years and I do understand spinning things and wear and tear on metal parts and would always recommend keeping things as short as possible.

Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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peruturner

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#12 posted 1495 days ago

Nice lathe,if you ever want to increase the size just make some risers out of wood like 4” and have a 20” lathe,i have a 24”lathe (home made)but I have 4”risers in hard wood if I want to turn something bigger,ED

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4woodturning

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#13 posted 1495 days ago

awesome lathe, you’ll have a lot of great years of service with that one. Thanks for sharing

-- Jeff, Missouri ,"Just because your not bleeding, dont mean your turning safely!"..............http://www.4woodturning.com

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Jerry

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#14 posted 1494 days ago

I have shop full of Jet equipment, but I’m missing this lathe. I am huge fan of the Jet line. Thanks for the testimonial.

-- Jerry - Rochester, MN *Whether you think you can or you can't, you are probably right* - Henry Ford

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sedcokid

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#15 posted 1494 days ago

Mike, I really like your lathe. I have the 1442 and have wished so many times that I bought the 1642. The top selling point for me would be the variable speed. Congrats on this beauty!

The SedcoKid

-- Chuck Emery, Michigan,

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