|Item Weight||1 pounds|
|Product Dimensions||64 x 20 x 50 inches|
|Item model number||708359|
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JET 708359 JWL-1642EVS 16-Inch Swing 42-Inch between Centers 1-1/2 Horsepower Electronic Variable Speed Woodworking Lathe, 115-Volt 1 Phase
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- 1-1/2-horsepower electronic woodworking lathe
- 16-inch swing, 42-inches between centers; variable speed (0-3,200 rpm)
- Cast-iron bed and legs
- Includes lathe, tool rest, faceplate, spur center, live center, knockout bar, tool storage rack
- 410-pounds for reduced vibration; 63-1/2 by 20 by 50-inches; 5-year warranty
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The JET 16in. x 42in. EVS Pro Wood Lathe is a one of a kind machine for the true wood turner. With a 1.5 HP motor and electronic inverter, you can operate the machine at any speed from 50 to 3200 RPM for optimum wood lathe performance. Swing: Swing over bed: 16 in., Mount Type: Stand alone, Spindle Diameter (in.): Spindle nose: 1 1/4 in. x 8 TPI, Speeds: 50-3,200, Amps: 4.6, Motor Voltage: 115 (prewired 115V), Distance Between Center of Holes (in.): Distance between centers: 42in., Spindle Lock: Yes, allows for ease of removing chucks and faceplates, Motor Phase(s): 3, Material Type: Cast iron, metal, Hole Diameter (in.): Hole through tailstock: 3/8in., Variable Speed: Spindle speeds: infinite, Includes: Swing over tool rest base: 12 in., Ram Travel (in.): 4
Offering a one-inch swing over the bench and 42-inch capacity between centers, the JET 708359 JWL-1642EVS Woodworking Lathe, 115-Volt 1 Phase is ideal for home shop use. Boasting the versatility of a sliding headstock, electronic variable speed, and the necessary capacity for large projects, the JET JWL-1642EVS is a great lathe for beginning and serious craftspeople alike.
The JWL-1642EVS comes equipped with a 1-1/2HP, three phase, 115-volt motor for shops that do not have 220-volt power available. An electronic inverter does all the work to convert from the "1 phase" to "3 phase." The inverter also provides the ability to vary the frequency of the motor, which in turn allows for variable speed.
Cast-Iron Castings for Stability and Smooth Operation
Based on heavy-duty iron castings, the JWL-1642EVS provides long-term accuracy and smooth, vibration-free operation. Even the legs are made from an iron casting and include cast-in supports and adjustable pads at each foot to ensure a solid stance on uneven surfaces. With these legs, the spindle (center) height is a comfortable 44.5 inches above the floor.
The JWL-1642EVS headstock is also made from a massive iron casting that provides rigid support for the 1-1/2 HP, variable speed motor(0 to 3,200 RPM), and the high-strength spindle. After machining, the headstock is fitted with large diameter, high-quality ball bearings that support the precision-machined spindle for reliable performance.
Large-Diameter Spindle with Built-in Indexing for Drilling, Fluting, and More
The large-diameter spindle has a 1.25 x 8 threads-per-inch nose that supports the large chucks typically used with this type of lathe. Additionally, the outboard end of the spindle is fitted with a barrel-type grip for turning the spindle by hand. The spindle also has internal indexing built in that allows you to lock it in 36 positions (or 10-degree increments) for drilling, fluting, grooving, and other operations.
For added convenience, the spindle is indexed with a screw-in pin provided with the lathe. There's also a push-button spindle lock on the front of the headstock for a simple, tool-free way to temporarily lock the spindle when you install or remove the faceplate, chuck, or other screw-on accessories.
Heavy-Gauge Wire Guard for Safety
A special mount on the rear of the headstock accepts a heavy-gauge wire guard (included), and a spring-loaded pin indexes the guard up or down to make mounting and removing turned objects easy. This guard also serves as a protective shield between the work and the operator, when large chips and chunks generated while turning blanks can turn into dangerous projectiles.
User-Friendly Controls, LED, and Toggle Switch
Designed to be user-friendly, the JWL-1642EVS features dial-operated, infinite speed controls conveniently located on the front of the headstock. A large digital LED readout makes monitoring the spindle speed easy and very accurate, while the toggle switch on the front panel allows selecting forward and reverse spindle directions. Finally, a large-diameter pull on/push off button (also on the front panel) is easily accessible no matter your operating position.
Large Tailstock for Stability
The JWL-1642EVS has a large tailstock with the mass and wide base to generate the stability you need. The large ram has a full four-inch travel, operated by an easy-to-turn, five-inch diameter handwheel fitted with a spinner handle, the popular #2 Morse taper, and a 3/8-inch diameter through hole, which is convenient for drilling lamp bases. Finally, like the tool-rest base, a large handle makes it easy to lock the tailstock securely in place.
Ball bearing Live Center and Cast Iron Tool Rest Base for Versatility
The JWL-1642EVS comes with a high-end, multi-row ball bearing live center with a screw-on, large-diameter cone for projects like peppermills and boxes, and a cast-iron tool-rest base designed to be very rigid, easy to position, and thanks to its comfortably long handle, very easy to lock in position.
The JWL-1642EVS measures 29 x 28 x 59 inches (WxHxL), weighs 410 pounds, and is covered by a five-year warranty.
About JET: A History of Sharing New, Feature-Rich Products
Opened in 1958 after the founder of the company, Leslie P. Sussman, took the first Boeing Jet Airplane trip from Seattle, Washington to Japan, JET began as a small dealer that sold air hoists and trolleys out of a single hardware store in Seattle. Over the years, JET has carried everything from snowmobiles, transmitter radios, and forklifts to nylon stockings, but by the early 1970s, metalworking had become the base of their business line. And by the 1980s, JET had expanded into the realm of woodworking. Today, you'll find that JET offers a wide range of popular woodworking tools that are backed with best-in-class features and excellent service.
What's in the Box
One lathe, two cast legs, one tailstock, one headstock, one tool-rest body, one tool basket, one guard assembly, one accessory package, one owner's manual, and warranty card.
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The lathe runs quiet and I can easily listen to my shop TV, IPOD or radio while turning. The variable speed feature is nice and allows for changing lathe speeds quickly and easily. I have not experienced the interference with my radio, tv, etc. as noted in another review. Possibly this is due to my lathe being on a separate electrical circuit. There is obviously some noise generated when the lathe speed is operated at high rpm such as above 2000 and with my chuck and piece being turned attached but even then not enough to be bothersome or unable to her my radio, etc.
The changing of the belt from the speed setting to the torque setting is easily accomplished via the access door located on the front side of the headstock. I use mine in the speed setting and have found this setting works well for the turnings I typically do such as bowls, boxes, platters, etc. I have had no problem with this setting when turning spindles most of which are 24" in length and 6" in diameter or less. I believe the turning of longer spindles would be no problem for the speed setting but I have not yet had any reason to turn anything longer or larger in diameter.
The headstock, banjo, and tailstock move smoothly along the lathe bed making it easy to set their location as desired. Each item can be loosened and tightened down with the appropriate levers with little effort. I have had to make no adjustment to the locking mechanisms as the settings from the factory are good. The tailstock works smoothly in advancing and retracting the quill. Reversing the quill to its starting position allows for easy extraction of any tool inserted such as a live center, drill chuck, etc. into the #2 Morse taper of the quill. I have experience no problem using accessories I used on my other lathes in the tailstock. If a live center, for example, should stick the knockout rod that comes with the lathe can be used to remove. The headstock has a #2 Morse taper and a 1 1/8" threaded spindle. I used a PSI 1 1/8" x 8 to 1" x 8 adapter so I could use the lathe chuck I used on my other lathes on this unit. Works well and have had no problems. This allows me to have a couple of chucks set up with different type jaws for quick change out when my turning needs dictate. The headstock does not have hand wheel in the traditional configuration but uses a large cylinder to allow turning the spindle with your hand. I wasn't sure how I was going to like this but having used I find it works well and I do not give it a second thought. With the way the motor is mounted it is easy to see why this type arrangement was necessary as there is not space for the traditional wheel I had grown accustomed to using.
I have purchase a couple of Robust tool rests from Amazon for the lathe and they fit and work well. Be sure to purchase the correct rest for your lathe. Robust has a chart on their website that will identify which rest are made for a variety of lathes. The lathe comes with a 14" tool rest but I find the bowl rest and 9" rest I purchased work better for the bowls and boxes I turn. The unit also comes with a 6" faceplate that is well constructed and screws on the headstock spindle plus locks down with two set screws. You will have to provide your own hex wrench to remove/install. The unit also comes with a bar that fits into holes in the edge of the faceplate to help break it free for removal if needed. The live center cone can be easily removed/installed by using the included rod inserted through the unit to secure the units movement to thread/unthread the cone or other mechanism. The lathe has three holes in the headstock to be used for indexing and comes with a pin that can be screwed in the desired hole to secure the spindle to fluting, etc.
The user manual is okay but for some reason the one I received would have a paragraph that the wording did not continue to the next page in several places so whatever was being read just stopped. No big deal but was somewhat surprising considering the quality of the lathe and JETs reputation for quality. It would also be nice if the unit came with a small can of touchup paint.
The unit is sturdy and heavy enough to dampen any vibration. The legs allow for the placement of two cut to length 2"x4"s that can have a piece of cut plywood placed over them to build a shelf for use for storage of supplies or placement of sandbags to add weight to the base. I use the shelf for placement of my sealed containers of the various finishes I use on turnings, extra tool rests and faceplates.
The unit is delivered mounted on a wooden palate and covered with a sturdy cardboard cover. The legs are packed in a cardboard box with styrofoam for protection. The lathe accessories are separately packed in a sturdy cardboard box. The lathe bed is attached to the wooden palate with to lag screws. When setting up the unit it is advisable to have someone assist as, for me anyway, it takes two men and a boy to set the legs and lift the bed with headstock and tailstock into place. The bed is easily attached to each leg with the supplied cap bolts. S hex wrench is supplied for theses but it would be nice if the appropriate hex wrench was supplied for the other hex screws that have to be removed/installed. Once everything is uncrated the assembly process is easy, as long as you have help in lifting the unit which weighs 440 lbs. Shipping weight with palate, etc. is 475 lbs.
ABF freight delivered my unit and made a call to me a week prior to the unit being delivered on the date I had requested. I was able to request a truck with a lift gate so the unit could be more easily delivered to my shop. This was no problem to set up and the delivery was made as requested. I received a call from the driver, Tim, before delivery to confirm the delivery and directions to my shop. Tim, assisted with the unloading and placement of the palate. He was pleasant and helpful. I would recommend this freight service highly. Easy folks to deal with, courteous and professional.
Amazon had the best pricing on the lathe when I purchased and as usual amazon made the purchase and delivery easy.
The best feature is the variable speed. I have the 1.5 HP version, and it goes from about 50 RPM to about 3200 RPM. That's a range I can live with. Definitely gets slow enough to turn some very out of balance wood, but fast enough to spin a little pen very quickly as well. Two belt positions are needed to cover the whole range, but it's very rare that you would need to switch belts in the middle of a single project. Basically I use the slower belt for most bowls or large items that I wouldn't want to turn at high speed anyway, and I use the faster belt for pens or other spindles that are much safer to really turn fast.
The parts all seem very well made. The tailstock is solid and heavy, the tool rest feels safe and locks down tightly. The quill in the tailstock extends 4 inches with the hand crank, which is great for drilling and stuff like that. The MT2 tailstock is a standard size, so you can find whatever tailstock accessories or live centers you want to fit. And the included live center is a lot like the oneway live center. Take the cone off, and you have 3/4" 10TPI threads. Get a tap and make your own wooden live center that supports your bowl without piercing the bottom.
Just a couple of complaints - the tool rest is 11 inches long. That's great, but I think it would have been nice to include a shorter 6" tool rest as well. I ended up buying one from Robust. Also, mine makes a clicking sound with just about every revolution in the belt. It really seems to be the belt to me. If I take the belt off, both the motor shaft and the main spindle turn in silence. But those belts are quite expensive, so I guess I'll just live with it for now.
I don't regret spending the money on this machine at all. It will last me the rest of my life, I'm quite certain of that
Speaking of belt changes, the unit shipped set on high range. I'd read the manual and found it was a very simple change. Took literally less than a minute.
I turned a bowl the morning after I got the lathe and can say that it far exceeds my expectations.
I did check the tailstock / headstock alignment and it was perfect out of the box.
A couple of mentions that would make life a bit easier:
1) The manual could have a parts list that is more clear. There are several bags and you pretty much have to figure out what is what. Not really a problem for some, but it would have been helpful to me.
2) A 4mm Allen wrench is needed for the faceplate set screws. It would have been great if one was provided so it can be kept near the machine. I have a set of metric wrenches, but prefer to keep them as a set. Not a big deal and certainly not a ding on Jet for not providing it.
3) The tailstock center is a bit longer than the tailstock can accept and still be run back to zero. Maybe my being new to turning is the problem and not the lathe, but that's the kind of thing that would be great to read in the manual (yes, I'm one of those guys who reads the entire manual :-)