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I found this Jet JWL 1236 lathe on Craigslist and just got it home and set up today. I’ve gone over many reviews of this lathe on the web, and the couple hours use I’ve had today have proven some of the gripes right. I put a 4×4 on it and rounded it, and I found it has a rattle coming from somewhere but the lathe doesn’t shake like some have said. It seems to have enough weight to keep from dancing around. The rattle I think is made worse by the dull tools I was using, I need to sharpen them. This is I think the only really bad thing I’ve found from my test drive today. The motor seems to have enough power that I didn’t stop it with the tool, and it does seem to run smooth and pretty quiet.

As far as the lathe goes, if I had paid $600 or more for this or any other lathe and had the rattle I would probably have downgraded my rating, but for $350 I can live with it without much complaint.


-- "I am endeavoring, ma'am, to construct a mnemonic memory circuit using stone knives and bear skins."

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#1 posted 588 days ago

Thanks for the review.

-- Custom furniture

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#2 posted 587 days ago

hey great price and it spins, what more do you want

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#3 posted 586 days ago

If it meats your needs, is safe to use and the price is right, it is a perfect match

-- Norman

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#4 posted 585 days ago

Put two or three sandbags on the bottom shelf and see if the rattle goes away.

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#5 posted 585 days ago

Might check the Reeves drive for the rattle.

-- BELT SANDER: Used for making rectangular gouges in wood.

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#6 posted 583 days ago

I use this same lathe almost each week It has been great for me I have zero complains and have used it for 8 years or so

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#7 posted 581 days ago

I have to agree, that for the price you paid on CL, you got a bargain. New prices are still holding me back from getting a lathe.

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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#8 posted 581 days ago

I was given one of these in nearly new condition. I like it. The uncle that gave it to me had cut the legs off about 5 inches. I priced new legs and they wanted almost $400!!. I think Harbor Freight sells legs that will fit this lathe. The front leg doesn’t have the hole for the switch but I am going to check this out. You have a nice machine here. Thanks for the review.

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#9 posted 579 days ago

I found where the rattle was coming from yesterday. I was looking at it and realized a handle that i was not familliar with. I guess i’m getting old ‘cause I didn’t even notice there was a handle to lock down the headstock. It was loose allowing the headstock to move around a bit. I locked it down and now it’s nice and quiet.

Now i need to figure out a better sharpening setup for my tools. I used my grinder with a homemade cradle and the grinder left a huge burr on all of the tools. I was looking at the Tormek but I’m not sure if I want to spend that much.


-- "I am endeavoring, ma'am, to construct a mnemonic memory circuit using stone knives and bear skins."

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#10 posted 487 days ago


They have a Tormec knock off at Grizzly that a friend bought, seems to work well and was less than 250 shipping and all.


-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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