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Forum topic by Woodtreker posted 02-12-2009 09:24 PM 1166 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-12-2009 09:24 PM

Topic tags/keywords: question lathe turning

Hey folks,

I need some advice… I am looking to upgrade to a bigger lathe and was wondering what you might know about the Jest 1442EV or the Jet 1642EV… Have you use either? I know the specifications on each but if you have one or the other what do you consider some of it’s strengths or weaknesses? I am on a limited budget but there is about $600 price difference at our local Woodcraft… I am presently doing pen turning on a mini lathe and doing small bowls as well… That thing is taking quite a beating if I try to do a full size 10 bowl… I want to do some bigger stuff but not huge… Maybe 14-16 stock but with options… You expertise will assist greatly!!!

Derrel Cone (502) 320-9059

-- Derrel Frankfort, KY

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#1 posted 02-12-2009 11:31 PM


I would always suggest you get the best lathe you can. Jet makes a great lathe you get a lot of bang for your buck. Jet and Powermatic are the same company. The Powermatic 3520B can be picked up right now at for less than $3000 with a free bed extension and free shipping. Best of all this lathe could last you the rest of your life. But even if you go with the Jet check out The Tool Nut’s prices.

Also, reed this report on the Powermatic from a different website

Best of luck

-- Bob Clark, Tool Collector and Sawdust Maker

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#2 posted 02-13-2009 04:56 AM

I second Big Bob’s recommendation of the 3520b. It’s a great lathe and will do anything you could ever want a lathe to do.

-- Chip ----------- 6:8

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#3 posted 02-13-2009 05:15 AM


-- Derrel Frankfort, KY

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#4 posted 02-17-2009 06:37 PM

I bit the bullet but did not buy the farm… I bought a Jet 1642 and love it! Especially the electronic variable speed… I got a good deal on Craig’s List… Thanks for all the advice!

-- Derrel Frankfort, KY

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#5 posted 02-18-2009 07:12 AM

The Jet 1442vsPro, has swivel headstuck so you can turn large pieces, great machine for less than 1500. I love mine. What ever you choose…good luck. Both the head and tail stock have a hole so you can use a vacuun chucking system if you want, and it is heavy, 400 lbs + so there is no vibration. absolutly a machine that you will neverwabt to get rid of it.

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