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post #1 of 5 Old 03-10-2012, 02:29 PM Thread Starter
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lathe recommendation needed

Hello all,

I just got a bit of a windfall from my former employer and I'm looking to blow it on a new lathe. The best deal I've seen so far is a Jet JWL-1442 on Amazon for $1189 with $0 shipping. My primary use for this lathe will be making legs for tables, chairs, coffee tables, etc. I don't know anything about bowls or pens and may get into some of that in the future, but I'm chiefly looking at turning leg stock up to 32-36 inches in length.

My questions then are: 1) is this lathe any good? 2) would you recommend something else in this price range? 3) might there be something a little cheaper out there that is suitable for turning legs? 4) are there any other pitfalls or caveats I should be considering based on my intended use?

Thanks for any info you can provide.

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I have that same lathe and it works just fine. Some come with steel legs and some with cast iron legs. I would recommend the cast iron leg set.
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That is the best lathe out there for that money. Jump on it.
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post #4 of 5 Old 03-10-2012, 07:43 PM
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I've looked at this lathe also, however the lowest rpm's are in the 400 range.Also it has the Reeves drive on it (which I've never used) . Some on this forum have said to stay away from the Reeves drive and I'm not sure why? Perhaps if anyone reads this they can give us the pro's and con's on having a lathe with the Reeves drive and this lathe in general.
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I don't own one myself but the Reeves drive will increase in speed over time I guess due to the belt wearing and the low end speed increases to around 600 rpm. I guess that is what I have read in different reviews. If you read one of the reviews on Amazon one buyer wanted it for the same reason you state and later regretted it because he now wanted to turn bowls.

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