Look out for the new JML-1015VS lathe from Jet
If you are seriously considering taking up woodturning or perhaps thinking about changing your lathe, look out for the new variable speed lathe from Jet. An extremely smooth running lathe, it has the power and precision to turn any number of projects, ranging from pens, bottle stoppers and cupboard knobs to drawers, platters, boxes and bowls.
Powered by a 375W variable speed DC motor, it drives a strong spindle through three belt pulley ratios, giving a good range of speeds for any project. The electronic variable speed control system has sensitive feedback which controls the torque applied to the spindle, keeping the spindle running at the speed set even when a heavy load is applied to it. The speed within each ratio is varied by a simple control knob located on the right hand side of the bed. Speed ratio changing is easy with convenient doors giving full access to the belt and pulleys; a grab handle is used to raise the motor and to re-tension the belt.
The bedway is precision ground to allow smooth sliding of the tailstock and tool rest. A camlock mechanism allows tool-free adjustments of the tailstock and tool rest base. The tailstock also has a 2MT internal bore, the spindle having 50mm travel and is self ejecting. The spindle has the common M33 x 3.5mm thread and has a 2MT internal taper. The headstock has 24 integrated indexing positions making it easy to cut evenly spaced features for fluting and veining.
There is also a standard version of this lathe - the JML-1015 - which has many similarities. The features that make it different to the JML-1015VS lie mainly with the motor and speed. The JML-1015 has a standard 375W motor driving a spindle through six belt pulleys which will actually give an adequate range of speeds for most projects. Belt speed changing is a simple and easy task, enabling the correct speed to be used.
Both are supplied with 80mm faceplate, 2MT drive and tailstock centres and knock-out bar. Either model would be a perfect choice for the novice woodturner or the advanced enthusiast or professional looking for a small, fully featured machine for the workshop.
JML-1015VS £539.95 inc vat
JML-1015 £449.95 inc vat
Prices are valid until 31st December 2014.
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