Midi-Lathe JML-1014 - Fine Woodworking Tool Review
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Midi-Lathe JML-1014

Jet - Midi-Lathe JML-1014

Jet’s 1-hp benchtop lathe is also available with variable-speed controls as model No. JML-1014VS.

$250 (As of 10/1/2002)

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Editor's Review: Tool Test: Midi-lathes

by Andy Barnum

review date: October 1, 2002

Many woodworking shops don't have a lathe, most likely because of cost or space. But the arrival of a new category of small lathes has made cost and space less of an issue. Introduced in the late 1990s, these machines—often called midi-lathes—are generally bigger and beefier than the so-called minilathes, yet they're smaller than full-size machines. Midis are affordable—selling for between $285 and $350—and take up very little space. For someone unsure whether wood turning is going to be worthwhile, a midi-lathe might be the best way to test the waters. Not only are the midis relatively inexpensive, they also have enough power to do some serious work. But how well do they work? To find out, I tested five midi-lathes for a semester in my wood turning class at the School of Art and Design at Purchase College in New York.

This midi weighs in at just 69 lb., a weight that back muscles will appreciate. With the bed extension ($50) added, the Jet has 40 in. between centers, one of the longest. It is the most expensive lathe in the test group. The Jet can be retrofitted with a variable speed control, with purchase of the Mini Lathe VS Retro Kit model No. JML-VSR. It is also available as model No. JML-1014VS, which has built-in variable-speed control.

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Editor Test Results:

Stability of Base N/A

Manufacturer Specifications

Manufacturer Jet
Manufacturer's Web Site www.jettools.com
Manufacturer's Phone Number
Taper Size Headstock Spindle: 1-in. by 8-tpi threads, #2 Morse taper; Tailstock Spindle: #2 Morse taper, 2 in. travel
Distance Between Centers 14 in. (40 in. with extension)
Maximum Swing 10 in.
Outboard Turning Option No
Faceplate Included Yes
Speed Settings: 500, 840, 1,240, 1,800, 2,630, 3,975 rpm
Horsepower 1/2 hp
Amps 5
Volts N/A

I am new to turning and find the 1014 very easy to use and understand.


-- Solid built iron-- Easy to aquire accessories-- Quiet-- Speed is easily changed


Jet's Midi lathe is simply great. Why? Because it is:1. Affordable. at about $265 it is a great way to get introduced to turning without spending a ton of money2. Compact size allows one to use it on a as needed basis and it does not consume much sapce in my samll shop.3. 4-Speeds - Mine has the manual speed adjustment where you have change the belts to get different speeds. It is not a huge hassle to change the belts. But electronic variable controlled versions are available for more cash-ola.4. I am very satisfied. This is my first JET tool. and Love it. And I have a lot of tools.

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