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    New Lathe Ordered

    I just ordered a Jet 1642 - 1 1/2 HP lathe from Amazon for $1652 with free shipping. It was a tough decision with all of the good lathes out there.

    I almost went with the G0698, but there are a couple of reviews out there with low end erratic speed issues. However, some VFDs do have speed hunting issues with no load as we have seen at our paper mill.

    I like the 5 year warantee with the Jet, for what a warantee might be worth. Although neither of us have ever turned on a lathe before, my wife also had an influence in this decision (she probably wont turn on it either - her choice not mine - I would love to see her get the bug). Her only input was get the one that is proven and you won't be worried - there is always some risk with first year releases.

    I have never turned before, but I think I will like it. This is quite a starter lathe, but I don't expect to ever have to replace it. I wonder if I can turn pens on it? The lathe might be kind of big.

    Delivery is expected to be Feb 19 or 22.

    (PS - dont tell Larry)
    Rich (the Yooper)

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    I have the 1642 and you made a very good choice. The lathe I think will run forever. If only I could get my kids into turning I belive this machine would be all they would ever need. Have fun.
    Dennis

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    Good choice. You are going to like that lathe.
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    Congrats, Rich. That's a great lathe. And as to your pen question...you can always turn small stuff on a big lathe...just can't turn big stuff on a small lathe.

    I see that New Lathe Season is now upon us.
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    Rich, I purchased the Jet last summer myself. That is a sweet lathe. I have the 1.5 hp model. It has done everything I have tried to do very well. Good Luck with the lathe.

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    Congrats. As you say, a lot of choices out there these days. You made a good choice. It is way beyond a 'starter' lathe. Should serve you until you hang up your tools.
    As for pens, you really need a powerful 16" X 42" lathe to make 5" pens.
    It will work for pens just fine.
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    Congrats Rich... you'll like the lathe...it's a good choice.
    I looked at the 1642 when I bought mine last year... I wound up with the Jet 1442 because at the time I was thinking I would be doing some turning outboard and the 1642 doesn't have a swiveling head stock like the 1442. The layout of my shop wouldn't work for the sliding headstock to the end of the ways like you have to do on the 1642.... all that and in a year, I still haven't done any outboard turning and I really would have liked the EVS of the 1642. In retrospect, if I were doing it again, I think I would have gotten the 1642... enjoy.. it's a great machine and I make pens on my 1442 and my 1014 mini... just which ever is available when I start.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rich Aldrich View Post
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    I almost went with the G0698, but there are a couple of reviews out there with low end erratic speed issues. However, some VFDs do have speed hunting issues with no load as we have seen at our paper mill.
    I noticed this problem is found below 100 rpm & because I am interested in this lathe I printed out the manual, on page 25 they recommend a speed of 190 rpm for roughing out a 16" bowl if your having trouble below 100 rpm maybe this is the answer. I don't have the answer to this but thought this recommendation interesting. This leaves you with 90 rpm leeway before you hit 100 rpm. So you could still drop the rpm 35-40 rpm & still be at 150 rpm for a 18" bowl It looks like they are recommending a increasing roughing speed variable as the diameter decreases.
    Last edited by Bart Leetch; 02-13-2010 at 04:27 PM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bart Leetch View Post
    I noticed this problem is found below 100 rpm & because I am interested in this lathe I printed out the manual, on page 25 they recommend a speed of 190 rpm for roughing out a 16" bowl if your having trouble below 100 rpm maybe this is the answer. I don't have the answer to this but thought this recommendation interesting. This leaves you with 90 rpm leeway before you hit 100 rpm. So you could still drop the rpm 35-40 rpm & still be at 150 rpm for a 18" bowl It looks like they are recommending a increasing roughing speed variable as the diameter decreases.
    There are almost identical, parallel threads, running on this subject.
    See my post #13 here: http://familywoodworking.org/forums/...233#post204233
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