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Reply #15 - Jan 16th, 2010 at 5:47pm
 
Hi Jake and welcome,

I miss the VS but I do 90% of my turning at one speed anyway so not a biggy for me and I am still tickled with my jet 1220...
paid $440 at woodcraft for it last aug.

Speaking as one of those go cheap first, second and third don't do it...!!!!! Spend a few extra bucks right up front and enjoy life. Rather then going cheap and having to go to confession twice a week for impure thoughts..

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Reply #16 - Jan 18th, 2010 at 11:19am
 
Brad_Mortensen wrote on Jan 16th, 2010 at 5:47pm:
Hi Jake and welcome,

I miss the VS but I do 90% of my turning at one speed anyway so not a biggy for me and I am still tickled with my jet 1220...
paid $440 at woodcraft for it last aug.

Speaking as one of those go cheap first, second and third don't do it...!!!!! Spend a few extra bucks right up front and enjoy life. Rather then going cheap and having to go to confession twice a week for impure thoughts..

Brad


Thanks for input on VS.  I agree about the not going cheap deal.  Ken graciously offered to allow me to come check out his Rikon.  I haven't been able to find anything online negative about the Rikons and the price is really good on their mini at Sears so I'll check his out and go from there.

Does anyone have any bad experiences with Rikons they would like to share???

edit: I just found a few rather negative reviews of the Rikon, although the reviews were from a few years ago...Maybe quality control has been improved?
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Reply #17 - Jan 18th, 2010 at 7:08pm
 
Hey jake welcome towr Im kinda new around here myself your goona love all the info you get outta these guys here. I wholehearteedly agree about the lathe choice I bought a cheapie and am already looking to upgrade coulda saved some cash by spending more int the first place. Thats awesome you have a woodcraft that close to your house, hope you uhave good self control. Happy Turning!!!!
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Reply #18 - Jan 18th, 2010 at 7:32pm
 
Jake Respondek wrote on Jan 18th, 2010 at 11:19am:
Brad_Mortensen wrote on Jan 16th, 2010 at 5:47pm:
Hi Jake and welcome,

I miss the VS but I do 90% of my turning at one speed anyway so not a biggy for me and I am still tickled with my jet 1220...
paid $440 at woodcraft for it last aug.

Speaking as one of those go cheap first, second and third don't do it...!!!!! Spend a few extra bucks right up front and enjoy life. Rather then going cheap and having to go to confession twice a week for impure thoughts..

Brad


Thanks for input on VS.  I agree about the not going cheap deal.  Ken graciously offered to allow me to come check out his Rikon.  I haven't been able to find anything online negative about the Rikons and the price is really good on their mini at Sears so I'll check his out and go from there.

Does anyone have any bad experiences with Rikons they would like to share???

edit: I just found a few rather negative reviews of the Rikon, although the reviews were from a few years ago...Maybe quality control has been improved?


Welcome Jake.

That line I highlighted in bold leads me to think you're trying to convince yourself the lathe you can obtain for the price you want to spend right now will serve your purpose, and serve you well. In my experience, with any tool, that's usually a mistake. Buy the best you can afford right out of the shoot because you'll probably end up doing that anyway, and you'll be out the money you spent on the cheaper tool. I think that theory is especially true in wood turning, because of the learning curve involved. It's hard enough to acquire the necessary skills when everything works right, and almost impossible when your tools malfunction.

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Reply #19 - Jan 19th, 2010 at 9:35am
 
OK OK, I get it.  I'm a tightwad by nature so sometimes I have to fight myself to spend money.   I will let all my loved ones know to get me woodcraft gift cards, not Sears, because it looks like they have one of the best selections and reasonable prices.   From the start of my research I've really like what I've read about the Jet 1014 VS, so I think I'll go with my gut, even if it means not getting it as soon as I would like.
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Reply #20 - Jan 19th, 2010 at 2:59pm
 
Woodcraft in clearwater usually has a sale about the 1st of mar.15% off on everything(I think) Thats when I usually go when I plan on spending a lot.Adds up when you plan on spendind a few hundred bucks,may be well worth the wait.
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Reply #21 - Jan 19th, 2010 at 5:23pm
 
Ken Ward wrote on Jan 19th, 2010 at 2:59pm:
Woodcraft in clearwater usually has a sale about the 1st of mar.15% off on everything(I think) Thats when I usually go when I plan on spending a lot.Adds up when you plan on spendind a few hundred bucks,may be well worth the wait.


Yep, I emailed the store manager and asked if they were going to have any demo/classroom lathes for sale anytime soon.  He said they just sold them all a few months ago.  But he said they are having a power tool sale starting this Friday through Feb 27th.  So it looks like you get to go shopping a little earlier this year!
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Reply #22 - Jan 19th, 2010 at 5:29pm
 
Which one you gettin ??? I love my Ricon,but gotta sat that 1220 is nice.
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Reply #23 - Jan 20th, 2010 at 9:19am
 
Ken I'm not sure, I was thinking the 1014 VS...But then someone answered my wanted ad on craigslist with this...
"Hey, the lathe is about 6 years old, in good condition. It has a few stains from finishing ( wood finish dripping on it). I am including the standard attachments: Drive center, live center, back plate and tool rest. Plus extra attachments: Bowl turning rest, custom 12" tool rest, 1/2" Jacobs chuck and a few turning tools, everything to start turning immediately. The jet lathe is built very solid and heavy, about 80 lbs and works as good as new. I paid $350.00 new plus the extras, I'm asking $180.00 I live in Clearwater.
I just added a custom brass knob to the tailstock handwheel that the pics don't show."
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My father recommended NOT buying a used lathe.  I think his thought was that since I don't know anything about lathes I might get something that's a piece of crap and wouldn't be under warranty.  But this seems like a pretty sweet deal.  What do you all think?  What should one look out for when buying used?  What would be a worst case scenario if I bought it, brought it home then found out something was faulty?
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Reply #24 - Jan 20th, 2010 at 9:37am
 
This is a very good deal, its one I wouldn't pass up, but I'd want to see it run first. If you go and check it out slide the tail stock up to the dead center and check the alignment to make sure their point to point with both centers in place, then fire it up and listen for any strange sounds around the bearing/motor area. Also while its off check the threaded shaft in the head with your hand for wiggle or side to side movement in the bearings.

Its not a VS but Jet makes a very good lathe and for the price its a very good bargain with everything that comes with it that's for sure. The only thing missing is a 4 jawed self centering chuck to get a newbie started and for $180.00, this is a steal as long as the lathe run's and is in good shape!@!@!@!

It would be ideal for a beginner, that's for sure!
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Reply #25 - Jan 20th, 2010 at 11:56am
 
You could probably get Ken to go with you to check it out since has a little more experience with lathes.  But I wouldn't wait very long. It is definitely worth the $180, even if it needs a little work.

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Reply #26 - Jan 20th, 2010 at 1:48pm
 
Ok, that does it.  I'm submitting my request to the boss to get approval for a cash expenditure immediately upon getting home from work.
Thanks for the input guys.
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Reply #27 - Jan 20th, 2010 at 1:58pm
 
I'd jump on that one Jake. Follow Wizzy's advice, and even if it has minor flaws, I'm sure you'll get your money back if you try to sell it. I've owned several Jet tools (table saw, jointer, band saw) for about 15 years, and asside from replacing switches I've had no problems.
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Reply #28 - Jan 20th, 2010 at 10:15pm
 
I would be glad to go take a look at it with you Jake,I just Pm'd you my Cell.be glad to help out if I can.
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Reply #29 - Jan 21st, 2010 at 4:45pm
 
Ken Ward wrote on Jan 20th, 2010 at 10:15pm:
I would be glad to go take a look at it with you Jake,I just Pm'd you my Cell.be glad to help out if I can.


I wish I would have seen this earlier...I'm heading out the door to take a look at it in a few minutes.  If there is anything that just doesn't seem right with it I'll give you a call so we can go take a look together.  I really appreciate the offer.
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