I picked up my first lathe a couple months ago after a long search.
Ive been lurking this thread for a while to get an idea about what type of lathe i would need. I came to the realization that the Jet 1236
would be the one that would fit my needs. But at 799 was never in my budget. So I was shopping Craigslist for a used one for what seemed like forever and could not find one for under 500.
Then i saw an listing for one that was 350. The picture of it was small
and grainy. There was no description, just a number to call.
From what I could see in the pic, all the parts seemed to be there.
So i call to see what was wrong with it. Turns out to be a Jet distributor selling a display model.
I couldn't get there fast enough!
It had a pre-turned piece of wood mounted in it but had never been used. Still had a pristine layer of sticky protective coating on it.
I couldn't believe my luck!
Raced it home and mounted it on my workbench. (the legs on that
model are kind of flimsy)
Long story short, this is my first "real" piece.
Its a log i got from my fire wood pile to play with (big leaf maple)
I may never burn another log from that pile!