|Review by Jimthecarver||posted 01-08-2014 05:37 PM||8190 views||0 times favorited||14 comments|
Having the Jet 1014 mini lathe and really loving it, and having no problems with it what so ever. I decided on the 1221VS model.
Unboxing it was fun, my past lathes have been hand me downs and/or very used and in need of rebuilding.
Upon opening I removed the lose goodies that came with it and lifted off the foam to reveal the site of a turners dream…mine anyway.
After getting it unboxed I noticed NO live center….bummer! Just a call to get that taken care of easily.
Noticing a huge change in lathes I had to set them side by side to show the difference.
I used a live center from an old shopsmith I have and Im in business. I chucked a piece of wood between the two centers and fired that baby up. She runs like a dream, the versatility of being able to turn the speed up down or put it in reverse while its running is a really great improvement.
I also noticed a nice improvement from the 1014, When turning it would slow down when applying pressure from the gouge. This machine actually speeds up to compensate for the loss of rpm. Then it slows again after it begins to pass the speed set on the readout. Cool feature!
The rpm readout is also a nice feature.
One thing I noticed is the belt is so much better than the old version.
I will update this after some time has been spent playing with the different features and getting use to it.
-- Can't never could do anything, to try is to advance.