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I used one while learning to make pens. It was good for that and for small projects. I choose a Craftsman because of the price at the time and it had a 12 x 20 instead of the 10x14. Although I like mine I think the jet is also a good lathe for small projects. I'm no longer sure if the slightly larger capacity really makes a difference or not, at least for the things I'm doing.
 

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whats the build quality like? would i have to upgrade to a better quality mini lathe or is it good enough for most turnings?
 

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There are litterally thousands of satisifed users of that lathe. You hear very few complaints. It is an excellent lathe. You might want to go bigger in the future but you won't fine much better. The newer Delta, Rikon and jet 12" mini's are simply larger with pretty much the same components. The new Delta is an upgrade if you get variable speed model. I think you'll find the Jet a great lathe to learn on and they hold their resale value pretty good.
 

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I've got a Jet mini lathe, not sure what model, but it works well for what I use it for. I got it used from a guy who needed money so couldn't turn down the price he was asking. That said, if I was going to buy a new one I would go with the Delta mini lathe becuase it has a variable speed knob vice having to move the belts to adjust the speeds. Also, it has a reverse function. Not sure on the price comparison but there's my 2 cents worth..
 

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I've got a Jet mini lathe, not sure what model, but it works well for what I use it for. I got it used from a guy who needed money so couldn't turn down the price he was asking. That said, if I was going to buy a new one I would go with the Delta mini lathe becuase it has a variable speed knob vice having to move the belts to adjust the speeds. Also, it has a reverse function. Not sure on the price comparison but there's my 2 cents worth..
Delta isn't the only one with variable speed. Jet has a 10x14 with it and so do most other manufacturers also. not sure about the reverse.
 

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I Bought a five year old/unused Jet 1014 with stand, it doesn't have the VS nor the indexing. For the money, you can't beat the Jet, if you buy the Delta, you might as well go for a full size Jet. Buy used first.
 

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I currently have the Jet 1014vs. The only problem Ive had since purchasing it in December 2004 is my speed control died last week. Other than that it has been flawless and I have enjoyed many hours of turning. At this time if I were going to buy a small lathe I would have to go with the Delta 46-460 because of the additional features that it has over mine: Reversible motor/headstock, Indexing headstock, Accuracy of alignment between centers, Increased capacity between centers and throw, and the increased motor HP. All this for a higher price than some other lathes in it's class but you get what you pay for and I don't mind paying for quality and I'm told this lathe is built in the USA which is another plus.

I would buy this if I were looking for a lathe, I'm waiting for my circuit board to arrive in a few day and my little jet will be back in operation including a mod that I will install that will allow me to reverse the motor/headstock. Maybe when this jewel dies for good I'll buy a new lathe.
 

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I bought my Jet 1014 new in 2002. I have used it consistently since 2007 and have never had any problems. Switching the belt to change speeds is not a problem for me. I use an inexpensive M2 pen mandrel and I mainly make pens. Trying to make bowls but haven't had much luck.
You can't go wrong if you buy a Jet lathe, IMO.
 
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