I recommend building a cabinet base, where you don't waste valuable shop
floor storing air.
If you've got the bug and the bucks, have at it, but a Mini with tools and
chuck will give you a lot of experience for a good five - six hundred less.
If you are referring to the 1442, I have owned one for about a year and it
is a great machine. I recommend buying the cast iron legs because they add
about 150 pounds to the mass, which dampens vibration. The only bug I had
was a tendency for the speed control to stick, especially when it is cold.
This seems to going away and a local Jet rep said this was fixed on newer
Regarding the $800 price Stephen noted, if you can get it for that, move out
and buy. I paid $799 for my a year ago September. Same store recently had
it for $915. Price increase supposedly because of the raise in steel prices
and state of the dollar.
I'm highly satisfied with my Jet 1442 (with legs). It is tight, well
finished and accurate.
So far no problems in 6 months.