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Forum topic by Jimthecarver posted 01-28-2009 09:07 PM 3151 views 0 times favorited 17 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Jimthecarver

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01-28-2009 09:07 PM

Topic tags/keywords: lathe

I have been looking into getting a mini lathe. The jet seems to be my best and favorite choice, I like Jet tools.
But I have looked at the grizzly and then for some ungodly reason I looked at Harbor freight and they look identical except for the name and a slight color difference….I know how HF’s tools are they pretty much suck!
Does Grizzly also make Chicago tools or do they make them for Grizzly?
What would be a good mini lathe for turning small projects?
Thank you

-- Can't never could do anything, to try is to advance.


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Woodchuck1957

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#1 posted 01-28-2009 09:30 PM

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Roper

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#2 posted 01-29-2009 12:15 AM

we have 7 or 8 jet minis at school and they are really good for there size. plus being in a schol they get abused but they all still run strong.

-- Roper - Master of sawdust- www.roperwoodturning.com

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#3 posted 01-29-2009 12:21 AM

I had a Jet 12-20 and loved it. I went to a bigger Powermatic because I want to do much larger work. If you can swing the variable speed, I highly recommend that.

Also, have you checked out Craigslist for lathes? That’s where I got my Jet.

-- Chip -----------http://www.penmanchip.com-----------------Micah 6:8

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hairy

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#4 posted 01-29-2009 12:24 AM

I haven’t used the others, but I have the jet 1220vs. I can recommend it. I saw one, after I bought mine, that was used in a class , sold as new, $200 off sticker. I got mine, same kinda deal, $100 off sticker. Look around real good. If hf ’s lathe is like a lot of their other stuff, I would avoid it.

-- the last of Barret's Privateers...

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Roper

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#5 posted 01-29-2009 01:00 AM

hey padre i also bought the powermatic, and if you have the room and budget this is the lathe to get. i am very happy with mine.

-- Roper - Master of sawdust- www.roperwoodturning.com

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#6 posted 01-29-2009 01:03 AM

If you are in the market for a mini lathe look at either the Steel City with a granite bed or the Powermatic. Jet has become very pricey. One other option is to find a good used lathe. If you have a Woodcraft store close by talk to them. Sometimes they sell their classroom lathes. I would not purchase a lathe from Harbor Freight or Grizzly.

-- Those that say it can't be done should not interrupt those who are doing it.

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Jimthecarver

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#7 posted 01-29-2009 01:23 AM

Well good things do happen to an undeserving guy like me. I answered an add about a Jet lathe and got it for $100. he said its about 2 years old and works perfect.
I go to get it at 6pm tonight….....Hip Hip Huray!!!!

-- Can't never could do anything, to try is to advance.

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#8 posted 01-29-2009 01:40 AM

I was just at my monthly woodworkers guild and B&D was there with a few tool demonstrations. I was impressed with the Omni Jig by Porter Cable, but the new mini lathe by Delta was a real impressive tool. Model 46-460 is a good lathe to me because it comes with the indexing guide on a 24 pin setting, 1 HP, 16 inch between centers, and has extensions that look like the are bolted pretty sturdy. I went to my local machine supplier and it will not be out until early March and the price quoted to me will be around 500 bucks? All the belt changing was something that looks to be very easy and it comes in variable speed with a 12”swing. It comes with two tool rest as well. I will be looking at this when it comes available.

-- Humble Wood Servant

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#9 posted 01-29-2009 02:15 AM

Yes I would stay away from HF on their lathe but a Grizzly is an excellent tool. They may look the same but believe me there are no comparisons. I have had and used Grizzly for years and they are great tools.

-- Jerry--A man can never have enough tools or clamps

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trifern

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#10 posted 01-29-2009 02:21 AM

I have a Grizzly lathe and would not wish it upon my worst enemy. Congratulations on your Jet. You will be pleased with this tool.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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jeffthewoodwacker

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#11 posted 01-29-2009 05:19 AM

It is worth the money for a variable speed lathe. Changing belts is not hard, but when you are doing production work time is money.

-- Those that say it can't be done should not interrupt those who are doing it.

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#12 posted 01-29-2009 04:21 PM

I love my Jet Mini lathe
Click for details

-- "so much to learn and so little time"..

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trifern

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#13 posted 01-30-2009 03:44 PM

I am looking forward to seeing what you turn out with your new tool.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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#14 posted 01-30-2009 04:09 PM

I love my jet mini… I have the VS and it’s great. I wish I held out for the larger one they just rolled out, not that I could have waited over a year for it, or swung the $$ in this economy. I got a good price on mine, but think that getting the biggest one you can afford is so worth it. I do have a shopsmith, so I can turn bigger there, and the mini is portable which is nice. I didn’t even bolt it down to the table and it doesn’t move.

I will be getting a bigger one someday (during my lifetime) but don’t imagine getting rid of the mini.

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- http://blanchardcreative.etsy.com -- http://snbcreative.wordpress.com/

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Jimthecarver

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#15 posted 01-30-2009 09:52 PM

Thanks for all the input.
I Picked up the Jet Mini it is a 1014, it works perfect. I had to purchase a face plate and a couple of other goodies.
I turned a couple of goblets about the size of a quarter, just playing around. They were snatched up real quick so I didnt any picks of them.
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He also gave me 25 pen blanks (Acrylic) and the drill bit and mandrels to make some pens, maybe I will try that at a later date.
All in all a great deal and a nice mini lathe!

-- Can't never could do anything, to try is to advance.

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