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.