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Forum topic by rlrobinhood posted 208 days ago 454 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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rlrobinhood

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208 days ago

Hi all,

I found a used Jet Lathe, much like this one

The speed control knob seems very stiff and wont turn counter clockwise. Feels like there is some sort of mechanical resistance. Is there some sequence or something else you need to do on these in order to turn this switch? I don’t know anything about lathes, but am thinking about buying one. And the guy who is selling it knows nothing about it. It was his dads and I got the impression he is deceased.

Also, just out of curiosity, what do you think something like this is worth in a used condition? Its in good shape, but used. Also, I don’t think it comes with the metal disc that attaches to the motor and your wood piece (sorry, don’t know the terminology). Also had a couple turning/carving tools, but they looked like cheap Chinese (Grizzley brand at best).

Thanks again and have a great new year!!


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Wildwood

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#1 posted 208 days ago

Jet 1442, reeves drive lathe. Lathe must be running for speed lever to operate smoothly. Lathe should go from slow to high speed and back to low without and résistance. If not walk away.

If you are moving speed lever with lathe turned off, and seller lets you walk away.

Although new those lathes run around $1,500 would not want to spend more that $250 to $400 for one in good condition and with few extras. Lot would depend upon age & condition and quality of extras. Do not know if talking about a faceplate or woodchuck.

-- Bill

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TheDane

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#2 posted 208 days ago

Wildwood is right … this is a Reeves drive, and you can actually damage the machine by trying to turn the speed control while the motor is not running.

What price has the seller put on this machine?

-- 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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rlrobinhood

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#3 posted 208 days ago

$1000 was the asking price, but then he said that it was a good number to start from. I got the impression there was room for negotiation. It appears to be in good shape. But, by the sounds of it, this machine should not be this much used. Any other thoughts on this?

Thanks all.

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DIYaholic

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#4 posted 208 days ago

I was able to get my JET 1442, with a Reeves drive, in OK condition for $375.00.

I basically got the lathe without any extras. It came minus a chuck, but with tool rests, faceplate, Tommy bar, spur center, live center and a screw chuck.

I did a blog post with a few pictures….
http://lumberjocks.com/DIYaholic/blog/36297

-- 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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TheDane

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#5 posted 207 days ago

I still think Wildwood and DIYaholic are in the ballpark. It is old technology, you don’t know what kind of shape the Reeves drive is actually in, and it sounds like it is lacking a faceplate. Just because the current version of that model lists at over $1400 doesn’t mean this one is worth a grand.

-- 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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