Jet 14" Wood Lathe

WOOD magazine rating
Average reader rating
4.5
out of 5
Brand:
Jet Tools
Model:
JWL-1442
Price:
$1,500

Description

Overall Dimensions: 60" x 17" x 44"
Gross Weight: 396 lbs.
Swing Over Bed : 14 "
Swing Over Tool Rest Base: 10"
Distance Between Centers: 42"
Speeds: Eight [450-3000 RPM]
Headstock Taper: MT-2
Spindle Nose: 1 " x 8 TPI
Tailstock Taper: MT-2
Hole Through Tailstock: 3/8"
Ram Travel: 4"
Centerline of Spindle to Floor: 43½"
Motor Power: 1 HP
Motor Voltage: 115 V
Motor Current: 8 A
Motor Phase: Single

WOOD magazine review

true heavy-duty lathe at a medium price

Review Summary

High points: A true heavy-duty lathe with big, meaty components at a medium price. 1-hp motor offers plenty of power for spindle and outboard turning. Sliding and swiveling headstock. Handwheel allows manual stock rotation for marking, layout, and indexing. Minimal vibration. Low points: Motor position crowds the spindle area. More points: According to John Otto from Jet, the outboard capacity for this lathe equals the distance from the spindle to the floor.
We're comfortable saying that this lathe should at least equal the Teknatool Nova's 29"-diameter outboard capacity (with the use of an outboard tool rest).

Detailed Ratings

4.8
out of 5

Performance

5

Features

5

Ease of Use

4

Value

5

Reader Reviews

Just an addendum....

Review Summary

This is just a note, as an addendum to the above details. This lathe doesn't spin down low enough to do the truly big work. Yes, the theoretical size limit for outboard work is from the spindle to the ground, but realistically you won't and can't. Its lowest setting is about 450RPM, which is just too fast for unruly big work. Look to other lathes that spin much slower (and safer!) if you want to work with the real big stuff. Beyond that, it's a really good lathe.
I've got one and use it a couple of times per month. I like it!

Detailed Ratings

4.0
out of 5

Performance

5

Features

3

Ease of Use

4

Value

4

Another good Jet Tool

Review Summary

It is a good lathe, and will do almost anything you want it to. The only thing that I would change is the speeds, I would like it to go faster and slower than it does, 450 a little fast for really big projects and a little more speed to do a better finsih on the project would be nice. Very solid and strong. keeping up to the Jet name.

Detailed Ratings

4.8
out of 5

Performance

5

Features

4

Ease of Use

5

Value

5

Good Little Lathe

Review Summary

I bought this lathe several years ago to make the spindles for a cradle for my first grandchild. It is my first lathe and I am glad I bought it. All of the controls work well, with one exception: the speed selection lever. I wish the level was set up in the other direction. When you have it at higher speeds for spindle turning, it gets in the way when you work near the chuck. The tail stock clamps solidly, as does the headstock. The tool rest is decent. It came with several useful attachments.
It weighs enough that it doesn't shake when things are a little off balance. I bought a Oneway chuck for it and it works well. I am not going to try to compare it with the bigger, expensive lathes, as I don't have the experience to do so, but I am very happy with this lathe. I have done two cradles worth of spindles, a bunch of pens and several other things around the shop with it and find it meets my needs very well.

Detailed Ratings

4.8
out of 5

Performance

5

Features

5

Ease of Use

4

Value

5

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