Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Baxter, Tennessee
I have the powermatic 3520 which will turn a 20" bowl and I have turned a goblet that is less than 1/16" tall on it. As was stated earlier you can turn small things on a big lathe but not vice/versa. The biggest difference when turning small items is how hard it is to move the tool rest and tail stock. A smaller lathe is better for smaller work.
The jet 1220 will let you turn a bowl that is about 11" in diameter and will easily turn a pen. The vast majority of projects that people turn can easily be turned on that jet. Most projects aren't all that big. I think this is an excellent all around lathe.