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post #1 of 6 Old 12-01-2009, 02:28 PM Thread Starter
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Advice needed on which lathe to buy for Christmas

Advice needed on which lathe to buy for Christmas
Help! Wife wants to buy lathe for husband for Christmas

I want to buy my husband a lathe for Christmas but have no clue which one to buy. He's never done woodworking before but has expressed interested in building some furniture for our house. I'm sure he would make other things as well. He's very crafty so I have no doubt that he would be able to do it. : )

The two models I am currently looking at are the JET JWL-1220 and the Grizzly G0462. I'm not sure if either of these would be the best option or if there's another one I haven't discovered yet. I would like to keep the cost down to about $500 or less.

Any experiences you have had with these models would be helpful or other models you might recommend. I appreciate any advice you can give!
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I have the smaller Jet 1014 and it's a great little lathe. Honestly, either one will be a good buy as a first lathe though you might consider a midi/mini (like mine) as a starter unless you're sure he's going to use and enjoy the lathe. I bought mine used for $175 but they go new for about $350 I believe. Consider also that when buying a lathe, you have to think about the price of tools as well and these range in price from about $30 up to a couple hundred per tool. You only need a few tools to start out with, but that will be at least another couple hundred dollars on top of the cost of the lathe, just to get started. There are a couple of good threads here about which tools a beginner should start with to learn.
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I would lean towards the Jet, but like Frank said, your hubby is going need tools also.

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Advice needed on which lathe to buy for Christmas

Jet is a great little lathe.When I 1st considered turning I got the Ricon,it has a 12" swing and is one tough little lathe and goes for about 325.00.That leaves you about 175.00 for tools,which you will need .That was 3 yrs ago and I have since gotten the Nova 1624 and love them both.

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I would go with the Jet lathe.
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I would agree with the others. I like the Jet very much. I've turned on a lot of machines and the jet is excellent and has a good reputation for reliability and service. You will need some tools and possibly a grinder to sharpen them with.
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