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Posted on Whats the best mini lathe for a beginner thats under 225euro ($250)???

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#1 posted 08-05-2012 09:42 PM

The axminster that Jamie is talking about is one of a number of close-clones of the Jet 1014. You can find 1014’s used on craigslist every now and then in the price range you want. As for the clones, check them out to see where that label is cutting their corners. I have, and started turning on the Harbor Freight (Central Machinery) 10×18 mini. I got it on sale for about $150 two years ago and bought the extended warranty giving me two years of coverage for a total investment of under $200. (All jet lathes come with a 5 year warranty). The major difference between the Harbor Freight and the Jet is that the Jet has a 6 set pulley giving it 6 speeds with a low end around 500 rpms, and the HF has only 5 speeds starting low end at 750. Not a problem if you are turning balanced pieces, pens, and other smalls, but roughing bowls can get really wild at 750 rpms. Additionally, I know there is a great deal of support for HF lathes on this forum and I really like mine, but the step pulleys on the Jet 1014 are machined steel, while the HF are some type of polyurethane, and will likely not last anywhere near as long. Penn State Industries sells mini’s that are clones and they look good. Additionally, Penn State sells all sorts of add-ons like bed extensions, stands, and an electronic variable speed conversion kit. Penn State runs sales every month or two like 10-20% off or free shipping. Get on their email list.


-- Justin in Loveland, OH

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