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Forum topic by FUMAWoodworker posted 11-28-2007 05:46 PM 952 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-28-2007 05:46 PM

Does anyone have any insight on Jet Mini-Lathes?

I’m trying to decide between the 10”x14” Variable Speed Indexing model and the 12”x20” Indexing that comes with more accessories and allows for bigger projects. The larger model also has six speeds that vary from 500 to 3900 rpms I think, but is not variable.

Any suggestions?? Thanks.


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#1 posted 11-28-2007 06:28 PM

Brent –
While I’m still an amateur at turning, I can’t help but recommend the larger lathe – while variable speed would be nice, especially for slow-boring of holes through cylinders for things like lamps, it doesn’t offset the larger capacity of the bigger lathe. I started turning bowls last year with my Delta Midi lathe – biggest frustration at this point is the lack of larger diamater capability. Also, if you plan to do any spindle work, the bigger lathe will be much better suited – although hopefully both of them are capable of adding a bed extension.

Hope that helps – Jim

-- Jim

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#2 posted 11-28-2007 07:49 PM

If you have the cash go larger. I have a 10×14 which I love dearly, but would love to have the extra diameter, and length on the work pieces. One thing that you have to take into account on length is that a jaw chuck will take up an extra 1” or more from your overall. Making that 10×14 a 10×12.5.

Get the bigger of the 2. Or go with a full size lathe if you can afford it.

-- David, Charlotte NC

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