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Jet lathe offers three speed settings

Jet’s new woodworking lathe, model 1221VS, provides more control than other models in its class by incorporating three optimally designed speed ranges, including lower speeds for intricate, ornamental turnings, says the company. The mid-sized lathe is an upgraded version of its predecessor, model 1220.

Jet's model 1221VS lathe.

“If you’re a professional turner or doing woodturning quite a bit, this is a nice second lathe for you if you have a bigger one. Or if you’re interested in woodturning and you want to buy a substantial lathe, but not spend too much money, this is a great introductory lathe that will grow with you,” says product manager Joan Duvall.

Powered by a 1-hp, 6-amp, single-phase motor, the lathe delivers variable spindle speeds ranging from 60 to 3,600 rpm. The three speeds include a slow speed range of 60 to 900 rpm for intricate turnings, a middle range of 110 to 1,800 rpm for sanding and finishing, and a high range of 220 to 3,600 rpm for small diameter items and general woodturning.

“The lowest speed range is something unheard of in competing models of this same size. Turning at 60 rpm, but still having plenty of torque behind the lathe, allows you to perform tasks such as threading and ornamental work that you can’t do nearly as effectively on a machine that only goes down to 250 rpm,” says Duvall.

“Also, this lathe has reverse capability, which was not available on the predecessor. You can flip it between forward and reverse and it does not shut down the lathe. It just slows down and then starts moving in the opposite direction.”

Belt changes are made quickly and easily with a patent-pending ratchet-style belt tension system. The convenience of this new design makes it easy to configure the lathe for a wide range of turning projects.

Digital spindle readout shows the exact rpm level for adjustment and fine-tuning. The digital readout, on/off switch and forward/reverse switch are conveniently located on a control panel, located directly beneath the tailstock.

The lathe headstock features 24 integrated indexing positions. There is a spring-loaded spindle lock to facilitate work piece changes. The tailstock has an Acme thread and a through hole for drilling.

The lathe weighs 121 lbs. and measures 33-3/5” long x 11” wide x 17-7/10” high. It provides a 21-1/2” working distance between centers and a 12” swing over the bed. Its cast-iron bed, headstock and tailstock provide stability, while limiting vibration.

Model 1221VS sells for $799.99. Optional accessories include a lathe stand with wide feet for stability and storage basket, a 22” bed extension and an extension stand.

Contact: Jet Tools. Tel: 800-274-6848.

This article originally appeared in the April 2013 issue.

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