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i have the Jet 1442 and love it. turned everything from a "square" 9
inch dish to earrings. It has worked without a hitch and so far the
legs have proved stable enough that additional weight was not necessary
B a r r y wrote:
One time job?
I like somebody else's lathe.
Taking up turning? Shop for an old Delta/Rockwell/ Powermatic/General iron
Want to sample on the cheap and have something later? JET mini or similar,
and one bed extension.
I'm with George on this one.
I bought my Dad a cheap lathe a few years ago. (Axminster's yellow
Perform one). He's happy enough with it, and it makes good work. But
when I need a chair backpost, or something really long, it's time to
go and use a friend's 1950's cast-iron monster (A Coronet, AFAIR).
Dad's lathe is no better than it ought to be - but when you start
working long pieces, you start to notice the lack of detail in some of
the manufacturing; the flex in the bed, the flex in the tailstock
clamp-down, the awkwardness ot sliding the toolrest rapidly around the
There's now a long-bed version of the Perform. I like the short-bed
(mainly for an excellent price on a variable-speed headstock), but I
wouldn't recommend the long bed. It would do the table legs I can't
currently turn, and that would be useful, ut I think for pieces that
size, I'm really starting to want better build quality.
yep, I agree, I had the delta MIDI as my first lathe (without the
extension) and it was great for items that would fit within the capacity
of the lathe. I also agree that the extensions are going to flex but
for a one time shot it might be ok. check your area for a college that
might have a woodworking program, many times you can buy a pass to use
the facilities for a semester/quarter cheaper than buying a particular tool.
I lucked out in that my first bowl on the MIDI looked spectacular to
SWMBO and her comment was "can you make them larger?" and my saying that
only with a bigger lathe elicited the response that "hmmm, sounds like a
good birthday gift idea". gotta love her. so I only had the MIDI for
about a year.
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