Jet 16" EVS Pro Wood Lathe

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JET's JWL-1642EVS-2 Variable-Speed Woodworking Lathe provides accuracy, capability, durability, and value. With the versatility of its sliding headstock, electronic variable speed, and capacity for large spindle or bowl projects, this lathe is ideal for serious wood turners and novices alike.

Cast-Iron Construction for Stability and Vibration-Free Operation
Designed to take on projects both large and small with its 16-inch swing and 42-inch capacity, the JWL-1642EVS-2 has a heavy-duty, cast-iron bed to ensure long-term accuracy and smooth operation. The leg sets are also made of sturdy cast iron and feature widely spaced feet with adjustable pads to maintain a solid, secure stance, even on uneven surfaces. The legs make the JWL-1642EVS-2's spindle (center) height a comfortable 44.5" above the floor.

10-Degree Spindle Increments and Easy-Release Headstock for Versatility
The JWL-1642EVS-2's cast-iron headstock provides rigid support for the motor and high-strength spindle. Thanks to built-in internal indexing, the large-diameter spindle can be locked in 36 positions, which translates to 10-degree increments for drilling, fluting, grooving, and other operations. To increase versatility, the headstock can be moved to any position along the bed by simply releasing its lock with an easy-to-use handle.

Powerful, Fan-Cooled Motor for Long-Term, Robust Performance
JWL-1642EVS-2 is equipped with a two-horsepower, three-phase, 230-volt motor that's fan cooled to resist dust contamination. Additionally, dial-operated infinite-speed controls on the front of the headstock allow you to match the ideal speed to the job. At the same time, a large digital LED makes it easy to monitor the spindle speed, and a toggle switch on the front panel lets you choose forward or reverse spindle directions.

This lathe also uses a precision-made stepped pulley system that creates distinct low (zero to 1,200 RPM) and high (up to 3,200 RPM) speed ranges. The pulleys are driven by a serpentine-style belt that is designed for smooth power transmission, low slippage, and dramatically reduced heat generation when compared to a V-belt.

Easy-to-Lock, Large Tailstock for Stability
The large tailstock has the mass and wide base needed for stability, and it slides to the end of the bedway for easy outboard turning. The large ram has a full, four-inch travel, which is operated by an easy-to-turn, five-inch-diameter hand wheel that's fitted with a spinner handle. Additionally, the ram has the popular #2 Morse taper and a 3/8" diameter through hole, which is convenient for drilling lamp bases. And like the tool rest base, a large handle makes it easy to lock the tailstock securely in place.

Reader Reviews

Great lathe

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Jet makes a great lathe. I normally think Jet is overpriced but nobody really competes in this price and size range. There are a couple of contenders in Laguna and Grizzly but Jet knocked this one out of the park. It is well loved among the turning community. The EVS is great. You have infinite speed changes without a belt change. There is a belt change to get low and high speed cahnges with an overlapof ranges in the middle. The lathe runs very smooth at high rpm.
The lathe is very heavy and the legs are cast to accept 2x4s for a box to hold more weight. With the 2hp motor it has plenty of power. The head slides to teh end in case you want to turn something larger than 16". The only drawback is the price and Jet keeps rasising it every year. It was reasonably priced when I bought mine.

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