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forget a big turn, good for little stuff
de wood turner
San Antonio, Tx.
Jet 1221VS Lathe
this machine has a nice design and easy to use. Will be good for small diameter turns but not so much for large diameters. I've been making soda/beer can holders/mugs out of 6x6 red cedar. My old 1/2 hp elcheapo lathe would rough the 6x6 down to a cylinder in just a few minutes. I was very dissapointed when this lathe with a 1 hp motor takes about three times as long to do the same job
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
Great starting out lathe
This lathe has served me great so far, i was glad I spent a little more money to get this one. Over ten bowls and a dozen pens turned and shes still running strong. when I got her set up i was impressed with the amount of room to the bed of the lathe. forward and reverse has proved useful to me while sanding. i thought that belt changing may be a hassle but most projects i do the middle belt has done the trick. overall a fantastic lathe.
Works great, super turn down.
I'm a beginner turner, so I don't have a lot to compare with, but I've been very happy so far. Tool rests are rock solid, quality construction, soft start, and very quiet. Belt changes are extremely easy and fast, although I don't find that I have to change belts very often as the range on the middle belt is good for most things I've done. The overall wide range of speeds is excellent and I could see the slow speeds coming in handy for other hobbies I've played around with, like sanding handles for fly rods.
The digital RPM readout is handy for me since I don't have much experience turning and don't have a feel for speeds yet, so I find myself starting off at speeds based on recommendations from videos and books and adjust from there.
The lathe was a bit on the high price end for me, and I definitely couldn't see paying that much for the stand, so I built my own. It's working great and I get no noticable vibration even when turning some small bowls.
Only negative I've found is the same as another reviewer, I have trouble matching up the locking pin to the hole in the shaft. Not a big issue, but takes a few aggrevating seconds to get it lined up. Minor issue at most.
Overall I'm very happy with the purchase and I'm really enjoying turning with it.
Trust but verify
Lots of good features, between centers distance long enough for chair builders, forward and reverse, digital read out, easy belt changes, variable speed, heavy cast iron, good price point, expandable to longer between center distance. However, the manual writer was dyslexic and there was a big error in the layout page describing where to drill holes in your work bench to bolt down to reduce charter. You should measure the holes on the machine and not trust the manual.
I am impressed with the product
The flying Dutchman
I use the lathe for home use, strickly as a hobby. The machine runs smooth and is easy to use.
The only problem so far is the locking pin sometimes is a little difficult to engage.
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