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Forum topic by SergioC posted 03-03-2011 12:10 AM 2180 views 0 times favorited 17 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-03-2011 12:10 AM

I will be purchasing a lathe soon and I’ve mostly settled on a Jet 1014. I plan to turn various things but mostly to complement other projects (knobs & legs for example). Once I get started turning I don’t really know what I’ll get into. I would also like to try pens. Is the variable speed/indexing worth the $75 for the 1014VSI?

Also, I’ve just confused myself by running across the Turncrafter lathes on Penn State Industry’s website. It seems to have a bit more for less like a larger motor (3/4 vs. 1/2). Still go with the Jet?

Any advice is appreciated.

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#1 posted 03-03-2011 12:45 AM

I have never used a Jet but people speak highly of them.

-- Barbara

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#2 posted 03-03-2011 12:46 AM

My club uses this lathe and I have used them in classes a number of times.

Now I am going to get myself in trouble…Have you looked at the Delta 46-460? I have one and can never wait to get back to the Delta after using the Jet. In my opinion the Delta is much nicer. and on sale at Rockler this week. It is more money than the Jet but I feel it is money well spent.

-- Trying to find an answer to my son’s question: “…and forming organic cellulose by spinning it on its axis is interesting, why?”

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#3 posted 03-03-2011 01:00 AM

Just checked the Delta pricing- I didn’t see a sale price on Rockler, looks like it’s $599 there and other places. It’s more than I want to spend on a first lathe but I’m not totally opposed to it if it’s really worth it. I’ve also been checking Craigslist for months and I haven’t seen anything decent.

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#4 posted 03-03-2011 01:18 AM

get the best you can afford you wont be sorry.

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#5 posted 03-03-2011 01:39 AM

I’ve had the Jet 1014 for a few years now and I’ve enjoyed it very much. It’s well built although I bought mine before the locking index was incorporated. I did have a circuit board go out a few months ago and when I replaced it I added a reversing switch for reverse turning and sanding which is a very nice feature to have. The Jet doesn’t have reversing capability. If I were to buy another lathe today Id have to go with the Delta 46-460. It has a larger capacity, reversing switch, larger drive belt, turns as low as 250 rpm which is very desirable, and head stock to tail-stock alignment is dead on. Compare the features and cost between the JET, PSI & DELTA before you buy. You wont be sorry you purchased the Delta. It’s a bit more expensive but well worth the cost and the wait if you have to.

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#6 posted 03-03-2011 01:40 AM

First let me say that I have heard many good comments on the Jet and Delta lathes. I don’t doubt that they make (or import) good machines. But, if I were looking at the low end to save money, 10” vs one of the 12” models or 1/2 hp vs 3/4 or 1 hp models, I’d just go all the way cheap. That’s what I did in fact, I got the 1/2 hp, 10” x 18”, five speed lathe from HF on sale for $180 and bought the 20” extension bed from Penn State since it’s virtually the same machine; compatable castings anyway. All this combined with an 8 pc set of HSS turning tools and I got started for less than $275. I don’t regret this choice. My next machine will probably be a 16”, 2 hp machine for making bowls but I will still have a use for the little machine.

If I were going to try to do everything on one machine I would have to give the Penn State 12”, 1 hp variable speed lathe serious consideration, or the 12 1/2”, 1 hp variable speed Delta. These were both highly rated in a comparison in FWW magazine last fall. The Penn State was the best buy at ~$480 and the Delta was the best overall at ~$650 I think. I have heard of problems actually getting the Penn State machine due to “out of stock” problems. At least that was what I was hearing before Christmas; maybe it’s better now.

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#7 posted 03-03-2011 01:53 AM

I have the Jet 1014 indexing with the vari speed control and love it! The tail stock on mine is also perfectly inline with the head stock. The variable speed lets me adjust the speed as I am turning saving a large amount of time and if I had to stop and change the belt each time I needed a different speed I think I would just drive on without the speed change, (kind of human nature). I have not turned any table legs since I do not have the extension bed for it which would be needed. The lathe is also really quite and smooth running. I mounted mine on an oak board so it can be placed on a shelf or under a work bench with not used. When used I just set it on the work bench and use two Irwin F-style clamps to hold it in place. Again, I love this little lathe!

-- Never board, always knotty, lots of growth rings

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#8 posted 03-03-2011 02:10 AM

Have you looked at the Rikon 70-100 or the Rikon 1216 VS variable speed minilathes? Both are on sale now at Woodcraft for $299.99. I’ve got the 70-100 and have no problems with it. It’s an excellent lathe. Belts much easier to change than on the Jets. Don’t know much about the 1216 variable speed though.

-- Darell, Norman, Ok.

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#9 posted 03-03-2011 02:16 AM

SergioC—You and I are thinking about the same thing.

The wood-turning classes at our local tech school have 6 Delta 46-460’s and 4 Jet 1014’s available in their class-room (they don’t get to use the Delta and Hegner industrial lathes in the cabinet shop).

The instructor tells me he prefers the Delta, and he says the students fight over them.

I got started on the big Delta … I have been turning bowls and platters, and when I get a lathe of my own, it will need the same capability. That why I post the following WARNING: Turning is addictive. Engaging in this activity can result in purchase of lathe, turning tools, and lathe accessories that will make your house payment look like pocket change!


-- 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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#10 posted 03-04-2011 02:13 AM

Thanks for all the input. I’m also considering either 12 1/2” Delta now- I see the 46-460 now at $509 at Woodcraft and the 46-455 for $425 (for some reason Google shopping still shows it at Woodcraft at $599).

I’m still considering the Jet, but the smaller motor still has me wondering if it’s going to be an issue. A few comments on mention that the Rikon 70-100 is underpowered, and it’s a half horse also.

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#11 posted 03-04-2011 02:16 AM

Yes, Yes, Yes, Yes, Yes, it is well worth it. If you don’t get it, you’ll regret it. I have the Jet VS model. It has never let me down.

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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#12 posted 03-04-2011 02:24 AM

Rance & Kindlingmaker- do you find the 1/2 horse motor good enough? Have you found or wished you had more? Not being familiar with lathes, I’m not sure how important this is on a lathe.

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#13 posted 03-04-2011 07:41 AM

I’ve turned mostly pens & small bowls so can’t speck to the power, but it’s done everything I’ve asked it to do. I wouldn’t hesitate to put a big chunk on there if I needed to. I bought my wife the Delta midi last year so I have that option. I’d probably recommend it over the jet if you have the extra cash. I has the addition of fwd/rev.

What do you plan on turning mostly? Do you need portability?

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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#14 posted 03-05-2011 03:26 AM

I want to turn small stuff mostly, at least to start. I’ve done more reading today and I think I’m back on the Jet 1014 variable speed. The owners seem to be really pleased with them every place I look. I think bigger could always be better, as with the Delta, and I may graduate to that someday. Go figure, there’s a Jet on Craigslist today for $200 with tools and a bunch of other stuff! I’m trying to get more info on it…

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#15 posted 03-05-2011 04:10 AM

I have a Penn State turncrafter pro and is an ok lathe. I don’t know about the new commander series. Some ppl complain about their customer service but I have never had an issue with it.

-- Jim in Cushing Oklahoma

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