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post #1 of 13 Old 10-14-2012, 09:31 AM Thread Starter
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First lathe

I posted a question in the power tools forum but it hasnt gotten much response so I am going to repost here. I have an opportunity to purchase an older Jet lathe, blue in color. Its a variable speed 10" x 14", 1/2 hp motor for $220 in immaculate condition - I know the seller well.

I was going to get a new Rikon 12" for ~$250 but now that this poped up I am torn. Would you rather have a bigger and new Rikon for $250 or an old Jet 10" for $220?
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You may get more responses if you get the Jet model number.

The Rikon has the same 1/2HP motor.

You may feel the 12in swing vs 10in on the Jet is no big deal but you cannot upgrade swing without changing the lathe out.

Remember the swing is from centre of the headstock to the rails.

There are times the banjo height becomes the constraint. An extra 2in of swing can be very useful.
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I still have a Jet 1014, and still like it. I'd get a bigger one if I had to do it again, which I might be doing soon. Other than the fact that it's small, I like it. I'd tell you more, but I don't really know much more. Do you have a specific question about it? I think it's worth 220 bucks if the old one is like the new one.
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As Dave said, the model of both would be helpful. Is the Rikon the 70-050 that is/was on sale?
All things equal, I would take a 12 swing over 10.
What MT do they have, a 2MT is better an a 1MT (easy to fine attachments)
What size spindle? A 1X8 may be better over some other size.
What are the amps of each? I believe the above Rikon has a 6.6 amp and they call it hp, another manufacture has an 8 amp (<25% higher) and they call it 1 hp max.
Do both have electronic speed control?
How old is the Jet? Are parts still readily available?

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I'd go for the Rikon no question. The 70-100 has a 1/2 HP motor with 8 amps. It's very solid.
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(sorry, I misread your post ... ignore me)

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I dont know the model number, I can get it, but you guys are starting to confirm what I already suspected - that the additional size of the Rikon trumps the Jet.
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Remember the swing is from centre of the headstock to the rails.
that is 1/2 the swing correct?
on a 12" swing lathe that would only be 6 "
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that is 1/2 the swing correct?
on a 12" swing lathe that would only be 6 "
Sorry, yes, brain fart. So 6in between headstock and rail for the Rikon vs 5 in for the Jet.

The key point was that the banjo sometimes is the limiting factor for clearance.
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just to be clear Dave i was not corecting you just clearing it up for anyone that didnt know.
you are full of good knowledge
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just to be clear Dave i was not corecting you just clearing it up for anyone that didnt know.
you are full of good knowledge
Thanks, I read your post as you intended - clarification and not correction.

I agree we have many readers with a spectrum of experience and better to fix a simple hiccup than confuse others.
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I'll agree with everone else. Go with the larger swing. My lathe has a 10" swing and a 6" blank is tough with the banjo in the way.

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