>Well Donald, Here's a line from someone who has been on both ends of the
>spectrum. I have been turning on a Jet Mini for about 3 years. For the
>price, you can't beat it. You'll be amazed at how much stuff you can turn
>on a mini; pens, wine stoppers, paperweights, all sorts of boxes and small
>bowls up to a little over 9" D.
>I just bought a Stubby 750, in February. Very nice lathe. Heavy, massive,
>smooth and quiet. Variable speed. Exceptional capacity for bowls, up to
>30" D. Will turn spindles up to 30" or so. Definitely my last lathe.
>PS I still have, love and turn on my Jet Mini............
As Barry says, the Jet Mini is a great lil' lathe.. I've had one for about 6
months and have turned about a hundred things on it.. after using a Shopsmith
for 20 years, I can't get over how smooth and QUIET the mini is...
It's very cool that your Grandmother liked and supported your work.. do her
several "good Turns", as Darrell says.. *g*
You might also look at the next Jet lathe up.. might be their "midi"??
It's about $500 well set up, and has some nice features, like rotating head
stock, etc... (a mini is about $200 plus legs and extension, if desired.. figure
>> Hey everyone,
>> I am currently in the market for a new Lathe. I currently have a Ridgid
>> lathe. It served me well for my first few years of exploring this art.
>> But I have recently gotten into making pens and other small items. And
>> my current lathe just doesnt cut it for smaller work. So do any of you
>> out there have any recomendations?
>> I have heard a little about the Jet mini, but would really like to hear
>> what others out there are using. Ideally I would like a lathe that is
>> good for small detail work as well as larger turning such as 12-16 Inch
>> bowls. I am not sure if I can have the best of both worlds or not. Most
>> of my work right now is small turnings so that is the biggest requirement.
>> Price is not a huge factor, as I will be using money left to me by my
>> Grandmother when she passed away in January. She really liked my work so
>> she left me some money to get the proper tools I need.
>> I look forward to any advice, & suggestions you can provide.
>> Donald Vivian
>> dvivian (at) shaw.ca
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