Tool rest posts on JET1221vs lathe only 5/8"

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Forum topic by VicDude posted 12-27-2016 01:48 PM 508 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-27-2016 01:48 PM

I just got my Jet1221 lathe. I did not know the tool rest was only 5/8”. All my tool rests have 1” posts. Is there a solution to this. Is there 5/8” posts with larger threads for my old tool rests or should I have my tool rest holder be drilled out to 1”.

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#1 posted 12-27-2016 02:41 PM

Have no idea if even possible to drill out your tool rest base recommend looking for tool rest’s that will fit OEM 1221 tool rest base.

-- Bill

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#2 posted 12-27-2016 02:45 PM

I use my 1221vs every day with no issues with the rest. I have thought of having the banjo drilled out. The lathe has proved to be worth keeping as my goto lathe so I may have just get around to having it done.

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#3 posted 12-28-2016 05:45 PM

I have a set of rests from Best Wood Tools ( ) ... they are modular so you can use any size post with their T-Bar tool rests.

-- 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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#4 posted 12-28-2016 08:47 PM

Just my 2 cents, not a lot of metal for drilling your tool rest base. Even if successful, you are weaken that OEM tool rest base. Could not find a new tool rest base for a 1221 lathe did find one for 1220 cost about $36.43 they look the same.

Think ought to listen to the Dane and myself and find an aftermarket tool rest to fit you OEM base! All about safety!

-- Bill

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