Jet 1236 or Delta 46-451 Lathe

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Forum topic by justinwdemoss posted 07-17-2012 08:18 PM 2712 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-17-2012 08:18 PM

Topic tags/keywords: delta delta lathe lathe 46-451 jet jet lathe 1236 shop fox grizzly g0462 1758

Let me start by saying that I know that there are other forums and websites specifically for turning. However, most of those places are filled with well meaning people that own high end lathes and have larger bank accounts. You guys have given great insight in the past and I value your thoughts. I currently turn on the HF clone of the Jet 1018, so a mini lathe, and I really enjoy what I am producing. Over the past year, I have begun selling pens, rolling pins, wine stoppers, small bowl, etc at art shows and on-line. I really like the idea of stepping up to larger and longer turnings and am in the market for a larger lathe, but don’t have the budget for something huge. Honestly, I need to keep it under $1000, and would feel better closer to $500. This has put me on to the used lathe market. Currently, I have a chance to buy a four-year-old Jet 1236 or an 18-year-old Delta 46-451 (Made in the USA). Both are very clean with low non-professional run times. The Jet is $450 from a private owner, the Delta is $575 consigned at a commercial tool company. It belonged to a gentleman that became ill shortly after purchasing and never really used it. It has been stored climate controlled and cleaned with new belts. Just to throw it out there, I have also considered the Grizzly G0462 and the Shop Fox 1758 (both the same machine) as new tools in the $700 range. I am concerned about their 600+ rpms for a slowest speed. I like the idea of larger diameter bowls, but also know that 600-700rpm rough bowls will walk those lathes across the shop.

I am asking for your thoughts on the idea of one of these lathes.



-- Justin in Loveland, OH

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#1 posted 07-17-2012 08:22 PM

Wouldnt you want to keep it close to $100?

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#2 posted 07-17-2012 08:27 PM

The Central Machinery #34706 is effectively the same lathe as the Jet JWL1236. Swapping to the Jet would be an upgrade in nameplate only, not function. Especially if you upgraded the tool rests to something decent like the french curve etc.. tool rests from PSI…

There are plenty of large lathes to be had on Craigslist under $1K. Yes lower speeds for roughing large bowls are best.

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#3 posted 07-17-2012 08:29 PM

LOL dbhost, you got what i was gonna say… Harbour frieght.

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#4 posted 08-20-2012 09:59 PM

I got a used Jet 1236 about a month ago. I do 75-100 hrs/month spindle work. The reeves drive is supposed to be very finicky, but I haven’t had any problem. Loaded it with 300# of sand on the shelf and everything is wonderful.

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#5 posted 10-31-2012 04:39 AM

I realize that this was posted some time ago but wanted to throw in my opinion. I have the Jet and the Delta and find them both very comparable excellent lathes. I do take exception to comparing the Jet to the Central Machinery lathe. I wouldn’t take ten C M machines for one Jet 1236 lathe. Just food for thought.

-- Jim, Eagle Point, Oregon

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