|Review by teenagewoodworker||posted 12-24-2008 06:00 AM||3564 views||0 times favorited||18 comments|
i have had my Jet mini lathe for about 5 months now and it is a solid performer. there is a lot to consider when looking at lather so this will be a pretty long review but worth it.
Power is a big thing when looking into a lathe. this lathe is 1/2 hp which is underpowered. this lathe does do quite well though. i find that i can stall it up up usually i am good. the only times that i have been able to stall it up is when roughing out very large out of true logs. other than that it has the power to handle most anything you can fit on it.
Variable speed is always a nice thing to have on a lathe but is not on this lathe so i will go over changing the speed. it is a belt and pulley system and i find it really easy to change. the only problem with this is that the places for you to put your hands in are very small especially if you have big hands. and to get the lowest speed can be a challenge.
the stand that i got with this lathe is very nice. it is solid and holds up well. on most small pieces i don’t have much vibration at all. the only times i have got vibration is when i am roughing out logs. most notably when i was roughing out a 10” log. (don’t ask how i did it) it was literally moving but for most work that is usually done on a lathe like this it is very good.
Fit and Finish
this is a very good lathe as far as fit and finish go. it is a good looker but not the best. but it really doesn’t matter how it looks but how it is built. this is a very sturdy lathe with the exception of the nuts and bolts. this is where most tools made over seas are lacking. they think they can skimp on quality there but they are very improtant. for example the nut that works the clamping action of the tail stock got stripped so i added another high quality nut and it clamps wonderfully now.
this lathe is a solid performer. the only reason why i gave is a 4 is because the nut that does the tail stock clamping action stripped and because it is underpowered. other than that it is a solid performer and i would highly recommend it.