Jet Jwl-1442 VSK a deal for $800?

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Forum topic by Flyboysmy posted 03-22-2017 03:10 AM 804 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-22-2017 03:10 AM

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Hello all, I am looking at picking up a lathe to add to my shop and get into turning. I found a listing for a jet 1442 locally and the guy is asking $800 for everything you would get with the lathe if you bought it new. He is the 2nd owner and has only had it for about 6 months so I couldn’t get much info from him on the whole history. I went to take a look at it today, all the locks seem to work for moving the tail stock and everything. There is a bit of surface rust on the bed, but nothing that a light sanding wouldn’t fix. There are also a few blemishes to the pain on the head and motor casing(looks like p/o had a piece that hit the end of the motor housing and scuffed the paint). The points line up still and the motor ran smooth and changed through speeds without a hiccup. Only other work it looks like it would need is a bit of grease on the head stock as it was difficult to swivel it outboard.

I am tempted to bite the bullet and pick this up as I am looking to stay under $1k and this is about half the current list price for a new one of this model. Any comments or suggestions are greatly appreciated.

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#1 posted 03-22-2017 06:09 AM

I know nothing about this particular lathe model but generally if it’s half price and in good condition I would say its a good buy. This sounds like it has pretty low miles so I would pick it up if I was you, not to mention he probably has tooling that he would be willing to part with at a greatly reduced price.

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#2 posted 03-22-2017 02:59 PM

Think $800 for a Asian reeves drive lathe too much money, would rather see you buy a new midi lathe with electronic speed control and 12” swing.

-- Bill

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#3 posted 03-22-2017 03:06 PM

I agree with Wildwood the price for a reeves drive is a little high.

Why not get a new Grizzly delivered to your shop for less than 800.00?

724.00 to your door.

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#4 posted 03-23-2017 12:01 AM

who6o9 that grizzly looks like it is also a reeves drive with a digital readout, is that correct? You simply recommend it because it is cheaper than the Jet for a reeves drive?

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#5 posted 04-09-2017 10:18 PM

Personally 6 of one half dozen of another. The Jet comes with a Price tag close to double brand new. I don’t like saying it too loud here, but most don’t put much or fair value in a good used machine. Flyboy is right, one reeves to the other. Where are you located? I will grab the Jet. A 1221 is that much new. You should consider the other factors. Head stock size, tool rest options. Not many with the Grizzly with that odd size stem. I would look at both slow speeds. You would be served well to have something in the 3 to 400 rpm as your highest slow speed for bowl turning. Many want the larger large size. Swing wise. Measure the largest bowl in your cupboards, A 12” bowl is a monster. Keep in mind buying a lathe is much like buying a car. In the end it will not end up being the biggest outlay of cash. You’ll need chucks, or want, face plates, of course chisels, good grinder, I would suggest to invest in a elsworth finger grind jig. And learn how to sharpen. Watch the elsworth youtube video’s. If the Jet centers line up perfectly, and you can put your hands on it and touch it, for 75.00 more. your resale value will be higher. Take into account what comes with the Jet. If the seller is moving up in size, then maybe the accessories come with it or can be had for much less. You won’t need to buy the top of the line chisels, Penn state or hurricanes the basic 6 or 7 is all you will need. Your challenge will be flipping your work and finishing the bottom. Cole jaws. Nova makes some nice chucks. You can change inserts when you upgrade. If you haven’t already decided, these are factors to consider. I have never turned on a Grizzly, so I can’t say. but I have always liked the Jet’s. You do pay a little for the name. Even the Powermatic’s are made in Asia. Either way, low speed, accessories, resale, are all things to consider. Not many good used Jets on the market, or they don’t stay there for long. Take good care, and you’ll get 600 for it in a couple years. Cheap rent.

-- KRT

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