I have been needing a lathe with a longer bed length than my Deltas 36” can provide, I want to turn some Shaker chair legs. so after a few months searching, I found that Woodcraft had a Rikon lathe that would take on more than one bed extension to make the total length about 54”. I checked out the reviews on this lathe, most of them were not that good, next I found the Jet JML1220 lathe, it has a 20” bed and by adding the 28” bed extension the bed is almost 50”, which is plenty for my use.
well since I made the wife a dresser to match the bed for Christmas, she offered to pay for half of the lathe for my Christmas gift. I called the Woodcraft store in Evansville, In. to see if they had the lathe in stock, they did not, but there was one in the St. Louis store, Steve, a fellow that works in the store said he would drive over to pick it up for me, ( I can drive to Evansville much cheaper than having it shipped) Steve called me as he was leaving St. Louis and I met him in Grayville Il.,( it is a small town on the border of IL and IN) I picked up the lathe and bed extension from him and saved about $75 shipping cost and by meeting him where I did it saved about 40 miles of driving also, I only had to drive about 35 miles instead of 70.
I think that Steve went above and beyond for customer service, and I appreciate his efforts.
there is also a $75 rebate when purchased before the end of the year.
I got the lathe home, and put the extension on, it went very easy with no problems, it is very quiet running, the bed is true, and the head stock and tail stock meet up perfectly.
the Jet has a 3/4 hp motor, where as the Rikon is 1/2hp. I ordered another tool rest base and I am waiting on that, by using two I will be able to have a 48” tool rest.
so far I am very happy with the Jet, will keep posting as I get to use it more.