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Forum topic by yellowtruck75 posted 02-03-2016 06:39 PM 367 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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yellowtruck75

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02-03-2016 06:39 PM

I am thinking about upgrading my lathe but I can’t decide if the 1.5 or the 2 horse power is better. Like most machines I am steering towards the 2 horse power because the higher the horse power the better but I don’t know if that is always the case with lathes. I currently have a Jet Mini Lathe that is .75 horse power. The two models I am debating between is the Jet Model JWL-1642EVS, 1-1/2 HP and the Jet Model JWL-1642EVS-2, 2HP. Both are pretty much the same machine except for the horse power. I always admired bowl turners so I would like to play around with that but also want to be able to turn large (~4” thick) table legs.

Thoughts?


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#1 posted 02-03-2016 06:46 PM

Go for the bigger, more powerful motor. You’ll get more torque and are less likely to labor the motor when taking heavier cuts.

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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#2 posted 02-03-2016 07:40 PM

If you’re not bothered by needing a 220V outlet, I’d go with 2HP. If you’re turning large bowls, you’ll like having that extra torque.

-- PaulMayer, http://www.vernswoodgoods.com

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#3 posted 02-04-2016 11:38 AM

pmayer I set my shop up so that for every double 110 outlet I have a 220 outlet.

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#4 posted 02-04-2016 12:47 PM

6” table legs won’t require as much power as a 10” bowl (once at speed). I turn 15” bowls with 3/4 hp without a problem. Not sure of the price difference, but since you have 220V, go for the 2 hp.

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#5 posted 02-04-2016 02:14 PM

Good move yellowtruck! Then definitely go for a 220V!

-- PaulMayer, http://www.vernswoodgoods.com

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