|Item Weight||137 pounds|
|Product Dimensions||32.8 x 14.6 x 21.2 inches|
|Item model number||719200|
|Item Package Quantity||1|
|Cord Length||4 Feet|
|Number of Handles||6|
|Warranty Description||5 year|
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JET JWL-1221VS 12-Inch by 21-Inch Variable Speed Wood Lathe
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The JET 1221VS is different from anything we've made before. In truth, it’s different from anything that anybody has ever made before. The design is better. The features are better. The entire turning experience is better. And it all focuses on one concept… Control.
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I have never seen a lathe with such a wide speed range.
It is a 115 volt motor but works just fine with 110 volt and is a standard plug type.
I turn stone, some starting at 100 pounds and unbalanced and starting rpm at 60 rpm I can now turn safely
even turning logs.
The price is at 799.00 but would expect to pay way more!!!
July the 1st the price will go up so if you can't decide, push the buy button because it is so worth it even after the price hike your going to get a great deal!
The digital variable speed control is amazing and makes working with the lathe incredibly easy. There is no guess work on the speed as the read out tells you exactly what it is.
* The clamped-down tailstock will slide backward when the quill is screwed tightly against a piece of work. It still applies enough pressure to hold work but makes the lathe feel cheap.
* Tool rests are not at all smooth and need to be filed/sanded smooth. Your skews will grab like crazy without the rests being smoothed, and you might as well give your skew corners a light bevel too.
* The live center's mandrel is hollow so if you poke it out using the included knockout bar you might wind up popping out the bearing & cup. An alternative is to wind in the quill all the way which will push out any tailstock piece.
* The bearings gave out after about 18 months
So overall this is a solid product yet it's in no way a "pro" product. Good for beginners and learners but I don't expect that someone who turns a lot will keep this lathe around for a long time. I still give it four stars though because it offers good value and ergonomics.
Shipping took 4 days - I ordered it Monday, using Prime shipping and selected the scheduled delivery for Wednesday between 12:00 and 3:00. The lathe didn't arrive until Friday around 5:30 PM. This didn't bother me, as I was more concerned that it arrive without damage, which it did. Packaging was fine and I was able to load it onto my dolly and transport it down the bulkhead stairs to my workshop. No real problem there. It weighs about 130 lbs and I used a hoist to lift it onto my lathe stand.
I plugged it in and turned it on. It seems to work fine. Here's where I get into the nit-picking:
1) This lathe did not come with a few small but essential tools: a knock-out bar for the MT2 fittings and the 3mm Allen wrench necessary to loosen the set screws locking the faceplate to the spindle.
2) I removed the faceplate and screwed my Barracuda chuck onto the 1x8 spindle. I was dismayed to watch it wobble when I powered up the lathe. I tried my Nova chuck with the same result. After delving into it further, I noticed that the faceplate screwed right up tight to the spindle shoulder, but the two chucks would not screw on past the smaller (1" shoulder). I fashioned a shim out of 1/4" Baltic birch plywood and found that both chucks ran true. I will mill a spacer from 1/8" brass stock, and this should take care of the problem. Still, disappointing, as the chucks I used were not out of the ordinary.
I think I'm going to like this lathe. It is heavy, solid, and smooth running. After I have had some experience with it I will update this review. For now, I think 4-stars is about right.
I will say that you do need a lot of accessories to go along with the lathe. Yes this machine will turn the wood- but you need to tools to chisel the wood and different attachments for different projects. I guess I did not realize this. We ended up spending hundreds of dollars more on accessories- but you're going to do that no matter which one you buy.
For the money this one rocks!