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AlexGefilte

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08-28-2017 07:56 PM

Topic tags/keywords: lathe turning new turner

Starting to upgrade my shop from Big Box equipment to more wood working specific machinery. I have really enjoyed an introduction to turning on my friends Powermatic 3520B. I am looking for something smaller than that to get started. I have been checking out the JET 1015 and JET 1221. Does any one have any thoughts on either of these machines? Recommendations for some other options?


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Wildwood

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#1 posted 08-28-2017 09:05 PM

Of course need to think about turning tools, sharpening equipment and perhaps a chuck in your buget too.

If can afford the Jet 1221 get that one. Just looking at the specs between 1015 and 1221 you will be glad chose bigger and more expensive lathe. All about what you plan on turning too!

Might look at other midi lathes out there too. Pretty sure will get other recommendations to.

-- Bill

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#2 posted 08-28-2017 09:09 PM

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LeeMills

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#3 posted 08-28-2017 10:24 PM

You don’t say what your budget is but there are a lot of lathes smaller than the 3520.
If in your budget and space you may want to look at the Nova 1624 II for $1,000. 16” swing and 1.5hp.
As others said…. at least $500 more for sharpening system, chuck, turning tools., etc.
https://www.woodcraft.com/products/nova-1624-ii-lathe

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#4 posted 08-28-2017 10:37 PM

You can get into a 10×18 lathe pretty cheap… even cheaper if you can find one used. Don’t be confused by the color – they all come out of the same factory overseas:

And you don't need to spend a ton of money on the other stuff… a belt sander, thread tap and some inexpensive turning tools will get you pretty far for just a few extra beans.

Cheers,
Brad

-- Brad in FL - In Dog I trust... everything else is questionable

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bigJohninvegas

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#5 posted 09-02-2017 11:47 PM

You need to ask yourself what you want to turn?
If you want more than spindles, Table legs, tool handles, etc.
You will want more than a 10” swing.
12” inch will give you a good bowl or vase.
If you can manage it in your budget. Electronic speed control is nice.
And wildwood is right. The lathe is only the start, but don’t be in to big of a hurry to buy accessories.
It is very easy to buy things you don’t really need.
Check out the threads Rick posted.
Look into local woodturning clubs.

-- John

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rodneywt1180b

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#6 posted 09-06-2017 08:13 PM



You need to ask yourself what you want to turn?
If you want more than spindles, Table legs, tool handles, etc.
You will want more than a 10” swing.
12” inch will give you a good bowl or vase.
If you can manage it in your budget. Electronic speed control is nice.
And wildwood is right. The lathe is only the start, but don t be in to big of a hurry to buy accessories.
It is very easy to buy things you don t really need.
Check out the threads Rick posted.
Look into local woodturning clubs.

- bigJohninvegas

This. I highly recommend joining a turning club. There’s no substitute for live instruction. Also, it might be worth looking into used equipment.

-- Rodney, Centralia, WA, USA www.etsy.com/shop/ASturdyStick

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