JWL-1642-EVS-2 Lathe - Fine Woodworking Tool Review
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JWL-1642-EVS-2 Lathe

Jet - JWL-1642-EVS-2 Lathe

This 2 hp, heavy-duty lathe features a 16-in. swing, a 42-in. distance between centers, and variable speed in two ranges.

$2,100 (As of 5/1/2007)

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Editor's Review: Tool Test: Heavy-Duty Lathes

by Andy Barnum

review date: May 1, 2007

The Jet JWL-1642-EVS-2 was among seven heavy-duty lathes I tested ranging in price from $1,200 to $3,200. I measured each for ease of speed control, vibration, lathe movement, power, tool-rest design, and ease of adjustment for outboard turning. I also evaluated the tailstocks and live centers, and tested how each lathe performed both on small and large workpieces.

The Jet lathe is a solid performer and similar in many ways to its beefier sibling, the Powermatic. It has plenty of power. The headstock slides for outboard turning, and the spindle lock is spring-loaded, so it can’t be left locked by accident. The Jet comes with a high-quality live center for the tailstock but its tool rest slipped slightly in our hammer test.

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Editor Test Results:

Stability of Base Good

Manufacturer Specifications

Manufacturer Jet
Manufacturer's Web Site www.jettools.com
Manufacturer's Phone Number
Taper Size N/A
Distance Between Centers 42 in.
Maximum Swing 16 in.
Outboard Turning Option Yes (headstock slides)
Faceplate Included Yes
Speed Variable in two ranges: 0 to 1,200 rpm; 0 to 3,200 rpm
Horsepower 2 hp
Amps N/A
Volts 220 v

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