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Jet Model JWL-1442vsk
Jet VS Pro Wood Lathe, Model JWL-1442VSK
I started with a Jet Midi and quickly graduated to this model. I have been using it now for nearly 7 years. I mainly turn Pepper mills, Bowls and assorted bracelets and Jewelry.
This lathe has been great, never giving me any issues.........EXCEPT. The placement of the the variable speed handle. The way it is positioned, it sometimes interferes with your turning motions. I especially find the to be the case when pulling a scraper in a motion towards the headstock. This doesn't happen when set at lower speeds. Only when the speed is set at high ranges. The handle is sitting at the 3:00 o'clock position and can interfere with your left elbow.
This would seem like an easy fix at the factory by rotating the handle 180 *
before mounting. I would have attempted to do it myself but with the spring and cam motions to it I was afraid it would never get it all back together.
However, as I said, other than that one criticism, this lathe has performed great for many years.
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
Good lathe, but not without drawbacks
Columbia River Gorge
I bought my lathe about 6 years ago before the US economy crashed and killed my livelihood. Turning was a hobby and the 1 HP lathe was more than adequate. After the crash I turned my hobby into a business and started turning small gift items as a Saturday market vendor. For the past four years I've put this model of lathe to a use it was not intended and it has held up more than reasonably well. I've just replaced the motor and had earlier replaced the main pulleys. Am about to replace the motor pulleys. The support Jet provides is outstanding--these people will actually walk you through any problems you have until you get it resolved. My principal issue with this model is the motor can't be upgraded. Turning anything other than small things is frustrating due to the lack of oomph needed to keep the motor from lugging down and stopping. Jet should design the model so one could upgrade the HP. I would only recommend this to a friend who is a hobbyest not interested in turning large objects.
After years on a mini-lathe, I took the plunge! I should probably give it 5 stars as the things it is lacking that I would like are available on the next size up. EVS and reversible motor would make it awesome, but as I didn't want to spend that much I just decided that I would deal with the the things it lacked. Love the rotating headstock, and the weight certainly is adequate for most anything other than lopsided large pieces. I have turned a number of small bowls with no issues at all. All in all a great lathe for the money, and the 15% off sale with free shipping was quite the convincer!
Great buy for the bucks
The Wood Charles - my name ain't Chuck
This was my third lathe and most likely will be my last. For my level of turnings I can't see any need to upgrade. All the standard accessories fit. I do bowls, pens, pepper mills, bracelets, ornaments, furniture parts, etc. I would recommend adding a 4" and 6" tool rest as the first add ons. The standard issue 12" makes it too hard to do smaller projects like pens. I also like the head stock swiveling out but you have to extend the work piece out past the motor housing for the larger turnings which I yet to figure out. I want to turn a larger platter for parties. Otherwise, totally pleased with the 1442.
Great for the more than hobbyist
Corn fields of Ohio
A nice medium for those that want a lathe that doesn't wobble like the 1236, but don't want to fork out the money for the 1642. Turned out a couple of things already, including a baseball bat out of hickory for my Godson, no problems!
I have been using the lathe for about two years
I have had no problems it is a great machine
However as my skill has improved so has time on the lathe increased, I have noted that I have to stop work after about an hour because the motor is so hot to the touch.
My recomendation is buy the more powerful motor if you are going to do heavy work - the reason for the con remark is that I should have gotten the 2 hp to start with - I have contacted Jet to see if I can rewire or change it out as the name plate on my motor says 220v
But over all a great machine
One other comment on adding weight to the frame
I just slow things down till the piece comes into balance
Quality with some quirks
I've probably got a couple hundred hours on this lathe, and I'm starting to find some of it's weaknesses. Don't get me wrong, I've been very pleased with the overall quality, but a few words of caution to avoid finding yourself in my situation. The first thing to break was the plastic knob on the speed adjustment handle. No big deal, I turned a new one. The Cam mechanism on the Tailstock broke when securing it, disassembly revealed a bad weld on a cast iron part. The lock nut on the headstock cam bolt actually stipped the cast iron stud it attaches to. None of the set screws on any of the components were machined with a flat bottom, and have all worked loose, required removal, grinding a new (flat) face and reassembly. And I've been noticing that the variable speed pulley system is really starting to make quite a bit of noise. Everything still works great, but I have a good mechanical background that allows me to fix my own machines. For someone that can't or doesn't want to, this particular lathe would have been in for repair at least 6 times by now. When buying another lathe I will certainly inspect to make sure that while the bed and legs are made of cast iron, the rest of the machine isn't!
I am new to turning wood. My long time friend and excellent wood turner told me, "you can do little things on a big lathe but you can't do big things on a little lathe". I bought the 1442 and have been very happy. My friend is also impressed. I added 250# of weight on a shelf I built but did it on a "just in case" basis, not because I needed the extra weight. The Revees system has worked flawlessly. I would like to have a more powerful motor, but agin just because I might need it, not because I do. I believe that this lathe is a one time purchase for just about any woodturner of any skill level. Great value for the price though I got it durning the Jet sale back in the spring.
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