I have the Jet 1236. It's decent for spindle work and small to medium sized
bowls. With a minimum speed of approx. 600 RPM it's not very good for larger
unbalanced stock. Some people have complained about breaking the cast iron
tool rest. I have not had a problem.
Buffalo, NY - USA
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I also have the 1236. It is a decent lathe for the price. As long as you
don't plan on making large bowls, this should do the job.
It is top heavy. I put a piece of plywood between the legs and put a
sandbag on it and it is much better. I also replaced the tool rest that
comes with it as I have heard it is prone to breaking.
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