JET 1221VS Lathe Review | A Perfect One For 2021?

JET 1221VS Lathe Review

Originally posted on August 30, 2020 @ 6:12 am

There is no substitute for a good quality wood lathe to smooth the wood or to give the wood a different shape to make artistic furniture.

This article has reviewed a beginner and budget-friendly wood Lathe for those readers who have an idea or not.

In addition to explaining the advantages and technical specifications of JET JWL-1221VS Wood Lathe, we also discussed the things to keep in mind before buying a wood lathe.

We hope that this JET 1221vs lathe review will provide you with all the information you need. 

JET 1221VS Lathe Review [With Buying Guide] 

JET 1221VS Lathe Review

Speed Control Ability

JET JWL-1221VS Wood Lathe (12 Inch by 21 Inch) with 115 watt DC motor is capable of working at different speeds.

In the case of woodwork, this lathe’s main goal is to smooth the wood at different speeds as required, to ensure minimal vibration and provides tremendous control over the machine.

Different woodwork requires different speeds, or the same woodwork takes different speeds depending on the surface to smooth the wood. Three types of speed ranges have been used in it to do the woodwork properly.

  • First range: 60 to 900 Rpm
  • Second range: 110 to 1800 Rpm
  • Third range: 220 to 3600 Rpm

That means you can choose the speed you want. Change of the tension belt will only be needed if you’re going to operate at a different speed range.

Ratchet Belt System

It is important to note that the Ratchet Innovative Belt System has been used in this lathe.

Easy To Rotate

You can easily rotate the spindle both in front and in the opposite direction (reverse transition).

And you don’t have to turn off the power to do it and that will save your time and work momentum.

The JET wood lathe can rotate from 60 times to 3600 times per minute (RPM). And if you encounter any technical issues while doing woodwork, the digital Jet lathe shows error code.

Its uninterrupted ability to move forward and backward will make your work easier and more artistic. You can easily control this tailstock by simply rotating the knob.

Size and Weight

Needless to say, the current JET lathe is larger in shape and more massive than the previous ones. It weighs about 130 pounds and has a very strong head, tailstock, and benzo.

As it is heavier than the previous lathes, it can absorb any kind of vibrations. For this reason, you will feel comfortable enough to do thick woodwork or big project work.

Also, you can easily measure the length of the wooden frame on the JET lathe. This is because the lathe has used both inch and millimetre scales to do that.

Other Features

  • JET JWL-1221VS wood lathe specializes in smoothing wood and giving it the right shape by letting you have the desired control.
  • Featuring 115 volts of motor and one horsepower, this wood lathe has excellent speed and control.
  • Uses a spindle lock and an indexing pin to remove threaded accessories and turn on quickly.
  • Has 24 indexing positions and can rotate very well both forward and backward, uninterrupted.

Pros of JET 1221VS Lathe

  • Very easy to manage, and digital speed control is also great.
  • It makes no noise while working.
  • Very solid and has eight holes to secure the wood.
  • Extremely sturdy, zero vibration.
  • Have easier moves of the tailstock, tool rest base, locks in place easily, stay put, and don’t slip at all.

Cons of JET 1221VS Lathe

  • Too much weight, difficult to move alone.
  • After a few months of use, the bearing’s efficiency significantly reduces and changes may be required.
  • Some users have complained about its control. 

JET 1221VS Lathe Review

Things Should You Keep In Mind Before Buying a Lathe


A sturdy base is essential for smoothing the wood properly and giving it a perfect shape.

Remember that the heavier the lathe bed or base, the more convenient your work will be because heavy bed or base absorbs vibration, and you can work comfortably with minimal vibration.

Most of the lathe beds are made of cast iron. So before you buy, take a good look at the base of your lathe, whether it is made of required metal and have the ability to absorb vibrations.

Lathe Measures

You must pay attention to the lathe’s two aspects when it comes to measurements: the distance between the two centres and the swing.

The maximum distance between the two centres determines the maximum length of wood you can rotate.

If you work with shorter wood, you can do with smaller and low budget lathes as needed which is convenient for both transportation and woodwork.

Swing, to speak in general, means the maximum diameter of the wood you can rotate.

Therefore, before buying a wood lathe, one has to be careful about the distance between the two centres and the wood’s maximum diameter as there no problem occurs in turning large wood.

Motors, Headstock, Tailstock, Tool rests, and Others

Most leather motors range from 1/8 horsepower to 3 horsepower. The more powerful the motors are, the more you can turn the heavier wood.

A thread connects the headstock and the motor.

Before you buy, check that the thread used in your leg is of good quality.

Also, find out that the thread will work if you update the headstock material later.

Both tailstock and tool rest is the movable part of the lathe. Also, check if the tailstock can be moved appropriately and locked correctly.

Usually, the length of the tool rest is about 10 inches. The tool rest must be heavy and spontaneously movable.

Both tailstock and tool rest must have a perfect lock system; otherwise, it will be difficult and dangerous to work. Heavy tool rest absorbs vibration, and you can work comfortably.

Final Verdict

You must spend your money deliberately. But after this JET 1221vs wood lathe reviews, I must say, this lathe is for you if you are a beginner or if you want to learn how to work with wood.

As it is quite heavy, even experienced users can easily place this lathe in your garage permanently.

Better value for money, man! Our overall rating is 4.7 out of 5.


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