Jet 12x21 Midi-Lathe

WOOD magazine rating
Brand:
Jet
Model:
JWL 1220
Price:
$550

Description

* Cast iron bed adds greater stability
* Powerful 3/4 HP motor
* Indexing capabilities allow fluting
* Convenient spindle lock
* Long hole boring operations

WOOD magazine review

Jet JWL 1220 Mini-Lathe

Review Summary

Although Jet’s newest mini-lathe costs more than most models, it offers several unique features that make it worth the money. With a robust cast-iron body and powerful 3⁄4-hp motor, the JWL1220 never balked as we took heavier cuts than anyone really should on a mini-lathe. Although it did vibrate slightly during tough cuts, it purred smoothly for most of our testing workout.
It has the same speed selections as Jet’s fixed-speed version of the JML1014, but the bigger housing makes belt changes much easier. Because the JWL1220 has the longest mini-lathe bed, Jet includes 6" and 10" toolrests as standard equipment. The larger toolrest allows you to turn full-length spindles without having to move the toolrest as often as with the 6" version, common to all the other mini-lathes. Other great features on this machine: chamfered spindle threads, minimal spindle run-out, 1-7⁄8" quill stroke, and built-in tool storage. We’d love to see this machine with a variable-speed motor and a longer neck on the lamp.

Detailed Ratings

4.8
out of 5

Performance

5

Features

5

Ease of Use

5

Value

4

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