I have owned a Jet 1442 for about a year. Nice machine and massive,
especially if you buy the cast iron legs. Quiet, low vibration and has
received good reviews is several of the WW magazines since introduction a
couple of years ago. I am an old woodworker but new to turning and I have
found it to be a good teacher.
I did have a problem with the speed control sticking from time to time.
Seems to have gone away and Jet has supposedly corrected the problem. No
other problems. I did notice it has gone up in price locally - about $100.
Supposedly the increased price of iron. Still a good machine for under
I still use my ancient ShopSmith when I need some turned stuff. One heck of a
lathe, variable speed, turn the headstock around for big things, etc. If you
find a bargain SS on sale it is more than adequate for a starter tool. HTH
I bought this lathe about a year ago. I am still happy with it with a
- Good heavy lathe for the price.
- Great capacity between centers and over the bed.
- The outboard tool rest arm is useful in various inboard oeprations
when the toolrest will not fit under the work.
- Ability to slide the headstock to any position on the bed.
- Great motor. Very smooth. Loads of power.
- I love the variable speed control. Very smooth shifting. Very useful
to be able to adjust speed on the fly.
- Included 6" faceplate is pretty good and true.
- Ability to outboard turning of larger items.
- Headstock locks at 45 degrees outboard for a comfortable position of
hollowing smaller bowls.
- Tailstock does not clamp very solidly. Sometimes I have to clamp
something behind it to keep it from sliding.
- Tailstock is about 1/32" lower than headstock. I have to shim it when
turning something very short between centers, although this is rarely a
- The switch burned out a few weeks ago. It is a large switch housing
with a tiny little cheap plastic switch that does the switching inside.
- Bed thickness varies over its length, meaning the headstock lock
tension has to be adjusted depending on where you position it.
- Wish it had a spindle lock.
- Included centers are junk. Easily replaced.
- Stand loses all rigidity when outboard turning.
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