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DIYaholic

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516 days ago

Topic tags/keywords: question lathe jet lathe jwl-1442vsk

There is a Jet JWL-1442VSK lathe on CraigsList for $400.00. Here is the link, but it only has a “stock” image of the lathe, so condition is not apparent. I could use some help, as I have never touched a lathe, let alone turned anything. So I have several neophyte questions:

What would be a reasonable price range for this lathe; fair condition, good condition, excellent/mint condition?

Besides the obvious, rust, screeching bearings, motor smoking….
What should I be accessing??

There are NO reviews of this lathe on LJs. Can someone with experience on this lathe comment on how they like/dislike it???

I have an eMail out to the seller, asking for manufacter date & current images. Should he provide them, I’ll provide an update.
Picture UPDATE:

Thanks, in advance for your help, insight, harrassment and sympathy!!!

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procratination a bad thing?


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TopamaxSurvivor

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#1 posted 516 days ago

http://www.amazon.com/708358K-JWL-1442VSK-42-Inch-Wood-Lathe/dp/B0000789HF

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#2 posted 516 days ago

TS,
Thanks for the link! I did look at that & read the reviews. It gets great marks. I was just wondering what fellow LJers thought of this machine. Yeah a $1400.00+ machine for $400.00, just seems to good. I’m left wondering if there is an issue with this model, or just with the paticular machine being sold!!!

I’m also wondering if they switched manufacturing from Taiwan to China. I saw something that mentioned being made in Taiwan, but a review mentioned China. If they did switch to China, When & did that effect quality?

It is late, I need sleep, as I must salt some parking lots in the early AM. I’ll check back in here in the morning.

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procratination a bad thing?

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#3 posted 516 days ago

I don’t know anything about it or lathes in general for that matter. I saw it is priced at over 1400 on amazon. If it is in any kind of condition it must be a good deal, eh? ;-) It has a good size capacity.

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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Dave G

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#4 posted 516 days ago

I bought the 1236 model (12” x 36”) about 8 years ago. It is very similar in appearance to what you’re considering, with lower horsepower and size. The reviews on Amazon were accurate about pro’s and con’s of the basic design features. If you are going to turn lots of bowls you’re going to challenge the Jet. Otherwise very solid and I have had no problems.

-- Dave, New England - “We are made to persist. that's how we find out who we are.” ― Tobias Wolff

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#5 posted 516 days ago

TS,
You know what they say;
If it looks too good to be true….

Dave,
Thanks for the input. Having never turned, I don’t know whether or not I will even be turning a lot, let alone a lot of bowls. I like the idea of having a versatile shop, a lathe just seems like a machine that would round out mine. If the $400 Jet turns out to be a great deal, I’ll try turning. Should I not like it or need to upgrade, then at least I should be able to get my money back.

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procratination a bad thing?

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#6 posted 516 days ago

Randy, It’s a good price if it’s anything at all. This would be my choice of machine if I was buying. Just look for the obvious, bent and broken parts, bearing wear, motor grind. Then after you buy it, send it to me and I’ll check it out good…..

-- My mind is like lighting, one brilliant flash, then its gone.....

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whit

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#7 posted 516 days ago

DIY,

Check the condition of the bed and the tool rests – pitting, excessive wear, ease of movement, etc. Make sure the headstock and tailstock line up correctly. Since the headstock can be rotated, make sure there’s sufficient adjustment to align – and LOCK – the headstock with the tailstock. Run the tailstock up to the headstock with a center in each one – spur in the headstock and live in the tailstock and make sure the points align. Check the variable speed – with the motor running – to make sure the adjustment is smooth and works both increasing and decreasing the speed. Make sure the tailstock and toolrest locks both grab securely and release easily at different locations along the bed.

The ad is pretty much devoid of any useful information. Does it come with any tools or is it just the lathe? If it’s just the lathe, you can plan on spending a good bit on tools, and chucks, and jigs, and more tools, and . . . The good news is, you don’t need to buy them all at once. You can take the long, slow, painful route. :)

-- Even if to be nothing more than a bad example, everything serves a purpose. cippotus

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#8 posted 516 days ago

Marty,
Thanks for the info & input. If I do end up purchasing the lathe (& I hope I do!), then you can pick it up from me, when you are on your stalking expedition!!!

whit,
Thanks so much, for the synopsis of the “Pre-Purchase Checklist”. That will help me immensely!!!

No word yet, from the seller. I hope it is still available. Time will tell, if it is meant to be or not to be!!!

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procratination a bad thing?

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DIYaholic

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#9 posted 516 days ago

I recieved pictures from the seller:

Looks pretty good to me, but what do I know!?

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procratination a bad thing?

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#10 posted 516 days ago

Why ain’t you there yet???

-- My mind is like lighting, one brilliant flash, then its gone.....

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#11 posted 516 days ago

I’m waiting to hear from the seller, to arrange to view/access/pick it up!!!
That and I need to procrastinate on paying my bills & past due notices!!!

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procratination a bad thing?

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#12 posted 516 days ago

If that chuck comes with it, that’s a great deal. That chuck new goes for over 200 bucks. Ask him what’s up with the tape job around the power switch. It looks like he changed out the tool post adjustment lever for something else. Look in there and make sure it’s not stripped out or anything.

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DIYaholic

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#13 posted 516 days ago

I am traveling an hour, tomorrow morning to view/assess & hopefully pick up my “new to me” JET JWL-1442VSK lathe.
I’M PSYCHED!!!

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procratination a bad thing?

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DIYaholic

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#14 posted 515 days ago

I spoke to the seller of MY NEW (to me) JET LATHE!!! She states that all is well, with the lathe. I will be meeting up with her, after an hours drive, to pick up MY LATHE!!! in the morning. Future tool gloat in the cards???

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procratination a bad thing?

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#15 posted 515 days ago

Looks like ANOTHER sweet CL deal…......good one Randy. Nothing better than that…(almost….).....

Now…..you just gotta figure out how to use it…....have fun…..

BTW…does the chuck come with it?? As Rich said, that really sweetens the deal…then you’ll need some carbide cutters…....just sayin..

-- Jeff - I have not failed. I've just found 10,002 ways that won't work.

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