12" x 21" Variable Speed Wood Lathe - 1 HP 1 Ph 115V - 1221VS
The Jet® 1221VS Variable Speed Lathe is a powerful and versatile wood lathe designed for precision and ease of use. With a variable speed control and digital readout, users can easily adjust the rate of the spindle to match the material. The 1 HP motor provides smooth and consistent...
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- Unrivaled speed control with a digital RPM readout
- Variable speed range of 60-3600 RPM
- Option for slower RPM allows for precision jobs, such as threading
- Smooth transition between forward and reverse operation
- Controls are conveniently located
- Patent-pending belt tension system
- Easy access to belts
- Spindle designed with industrial-style pre loaded bearing
- 24 integrated indexing positions
- Acme Thread on tailstock quill
- Product: Lathe
- Motor Type: 120V DC
- Power Transfer: Belt
- Motor Power: 1 HP
- Motor Phase: Single or 1Ph
- Motor Voltage: 115V
- Motor Amps: 6A
- Recommended Circuit Size: 10A
- Speed Ranges (RPM): 60-900, 110-1800, 220-3600
- Spindle Bore: 3/8"
- Spindle Taper: MT2
- Tailstock Quill Taper: MT2
- Swing Over Bed: 12-1/2"
- Swing Over Tool Rest Base: 9-9/20"
- Number of Indexing Positions: 24
- Distance Between Centers: 20-1/2"
- Tailstock Quill Travel: 2-1/4"
- Spindle Thread: 1" - 8 TPI
- Bed Width: 6-5/8"
- Height - Floor to Spindle Centerline: 14-3/4"
- Stand Footprint (L x W): 30-1/2" x 9"
- Machine Dimensions (L x W x H): 33-3/5" x 11" x 17-7/10"
- Net Weight: 121-1/4 lbs.
- (1) Jet® 12" x 21" Variable Speed Wood Lathe - 1 HP 1 Ph 115V - 1221VS
- (1) Live Center
- (1) Spur Center
- (1) Spindle Wrench
- (1) Knockout Rod
- (2) Tool Caddies
- (4) Button Head Screws, 5/16" x 1/2"
- (2) Tool Supports - 6" and 10"
- (1) 3" Face Plate
- (1) Owner's Manual
- (1) Warranty Card
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Been using it the last few weeks turning spindles and bowls. Been using maple, cherry, and walnut woods without an issue. Plenty of power. The variable speed is very handy along with the reverse. The compact size is very handy. Plus, I put some casters on it with brakes to get it out of the way when I'm not using it. It's a keeper.
A great upgrade
Purchase lathe on Friday Started turning on Saturday, my only complaint is why didn’t I do this sooner. What an upgrade from my original Wen lathe. The variable speed is a must, no more moving belts during a project, with three ranges you can choose the range that is best for a complete project. It is quieter, more versatile and it bore drills round straight holes. Can’t wait to try more projects and see what else it can do. Do yourself a favor and check this one out.
Excellent lathe for the money. Awesome tech support
I have turned on Oneways and Powermatics at the Dallas Maker space. I can't afford either. I can affort the 1221vs. It has been excellent. I find I can turn bowl blanks up to 10-15 lbs easily (that's about a 10" diameter x 5" piece of walnut). Anything heavier (like a 12" x 6" walnut blank), I have to rough out at the Makerspace then finishing it on the 1221is easy. After 6 months of heavy usage, I had a minor problem with the lathe. Tech support was great at solving the problem!
nice mac hine
have owned for a few years, no problems, works great. don't think you are going to turn anything 21 inches long. by the time you add a chuck and tailstock, 17 inches is about all you can do, unless you plunk down another 150 for extension and even more for extended stand. a problem for me i like to turn spindles. live and learn!
After kicking it around for months and looking at powermatic, Nova and others..... I settled on the Jet 1221VS from woodcraft. I could not be happier with this lathe. Solid quality throughout. Very heavy. Never bogs down, no matter what kind of hardwood you turn. Motor is very quiet. And ZERO vibration. Great lathe. My only complaint is I wish the bed was a true "21 inches". Its actually more like 18". Of course this can be remedied by purchasing the extension. But all in all, a great buy and addition to my woodshop.
On 4/6/17 I sent in a review on the jet 1221 . I didnt give it a great review , it was noisy , would not turn a spindle round, door to pulleys didnt match the lathe body , i carried it back to dealer , he gave me a new lathe , same model. It has been a great lathe. I have turned hours on it , little pieces to big as I could fit on it. I guess there is a bummer in every piece of equipment , but it is certainly not this lathe .
I've had this lathe for over a year now and I have pushed it every way I could think of. I've turn 5" stock coffee table legs 16" long. It has had to problem turning a 12" diameter bowl. The reverse on the lathe has been useful for sanding grain in the opposite direction to achieve a smoother finish, and for threading dowels. After purchasing the one way bowl saver mini I've cut bowls out of cherry burls making the most out of my Burl. The slow speed is great for rough turning and the high speed allows me to get the most out of turning pens and bidding them. I've recently ordered the bed extensions and plan on turning 29" long 5" stock table legs and I have no doubt this lathe can't handle it.
Very stable , with good weight . Casting rough , very noisy appears to be coming from pulleys and belt . On/off switch in bad place , making it easy to turn the lathe off while hollowing
Appears to be built strong , weight is good . On off switch is in a bad place , easy to cut lathe off when hollowing . Casting is rough , and very noisy appears to be coming from pullies and belt .
Great Midi Lathe
This was my first midi lathe and after a dozen or so bowls and countless bottle stoppers I still love it. Plenty of power although i think 6-7 inches was the largest diameter bowl I've done so far. Occasionally I have to turn the spindle twice to get the locking pin to engage but no big deal; also the indexing pin is just above the wheel and I did get my fingers caught between them once or twice the first week I had the lathe, but now I avoid it without even thinking about it. I would definitely recommend this lathe for a beginner or experienced turner. Some day I will likely invest in a larger lathe with outboard capability but this will suit my needs for years to come.
works as advertized
love the lathe AFTER I got it assembled. the lathe its self no problems. the stand was a real pain. ALL the nut plates in the legs had to be tapped-out and one of the main large bolts had to be re threaded because of damaged threads. where was quality control ??
This was my first lathe. Mine requires moving the belt to change speeds, but that isn't difficult and it is something I don't change often. Minor consideration. I've made hundreds of items on this lathe and still love using it. Really good value! I most certainly would recommend to a friend of family member, and have done so several times.
forget a big turn, good for little stuff
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
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
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.