|Forum topic by Dj1225||posted 12-12-2013 01:58 PM||3748 views||0 times favorited||18 replies|
12-12-2013 01:58 PM
I need some advise. I purchased a Jet 1221VS and bed extension recently while they were on sale with a 15% discount. So out the door was around $900 with tax.
I did not buy the stand, as by the time I paid for it and the bed extension legs it would add another $500 and I already have a good stand.
I am just wondering if I should move up to the JWL-1642 series. I have the space and the dealer said they would honor the 15% discount on the tool. So price would be about $2100 out the door.
Another option I read about is the JWL 1442 which is much less but has the Reeves drive. My dealer did not seem to be in favor of this, and recommended to 1221. It would have only been $300 more, but I do trust my Jet dealer so that is why I went in this direction.
So here is my question. I hate buying a tool and out growing it. Primarily I build furniture, and plan to use this mainly to add interest to legs, and of course to make some bowls and fun stuff.I have access to tons of turning wood, and something tells me at some point I may want to try a blank over 12 inches.
Next if I do go with the larger 1642, I would think moving to the 220 is better.
Really I guess my question is, you guys that have bought lathes in apx a 12 inch swing over bed, how many have upgraded at a later time or wished they had. I have room for one decent size lathe but not two. And although cost is dramatically different, if I spread the extra $$ over the years I plan to keep and use the machine ( not to mention I have the cash now but later when I retire might not be as easy to justify the upgrade cost), I think it is justifiable.
Any thought from you wise and seasoned wood workers would be appreciated.
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