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New Lathe on the Way

Discussion in 'Woodturning Discussion Forum' started by Lamar Wright, Oct 5, 2017.

  1. Lamar Wright

    Lamar Wright

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    I've used my Jet 1640 for a month now and I couldn't be happier. I love the sliding head and rotating head. Looking forward to turning many bowls and platters with the 1640. Attached is a picture of my new toy!:) IMG_0177.JPG
     
  2. hockenbery

    hockenbery AAW Advisor Staff Member

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    It is nice machine. I like what jet/Powermatic has done with the new Jet line up.

    They are all nice machines.
     
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  3. John Turpin

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    Congrats on the new lathe. I order my new lathe in the next couple of weeks. I'm curious as to the Black Friday deals that I'll find next week. (Come on, Powermatic, do me a favor!)
     
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  4. Dan Bevilacqua

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    Lamar, very clean looking set-up. Looks like one could perform surgery there. :D
     
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  5. John Torchick

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    Congrats on the new lathe. I was hoping they would make a mistake and deliver it to my house.
     
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  6. Lamar Wright

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    Hi Dan, you should see it now. Shavings everywhere. :D
     
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  7. Lamar Wright

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    Hi John, I know you'll really enjoy your new Powermatic! Very nice lathe indeed.;)
     
  8. hockenbery

    hockenbery AAW Advisor Staff Member

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    @Lamar Wright, got to do a demo Wednesday on the new 1640. It is a sweet machine.

    I would not mind using one of those a lot. You’re going to love it.
    Really like the controls and the spring loaded spindle lock. Belt change is quick and easy.
    Tailstock is really smooth.

    Only minor nit I have is the banjo is a bit wider than I like and it has the same tool post lock as the original Powermatic 3520 and the Robust- 2 opposing nuts lock the tool rest in place. A super positive lock and a 1000 times better than the lock jet Powermatic was using. As long as you open the lock an extra turn and don’t bump or move the empty banjo the tool rest you want to use will slide in. However it is easy for the nuts to slide into the opening blocking the tool rest post entry until you put you push them out of the way with a finger and maybe open the lock.
    Obviously this is something that only bothers an occasional user - opening it an extra turn would become automatic for owners.
     
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  9. Bill Boehme

    Bill Boehme Administrator Staff Member

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    My experience is that after a short period of getting the "feel" of using the wedge lock it's no longer a nit. There's no need to open the lock more than the minimum amount to unlock the tool post. Occasionally one of the wedges will move for one reason or another ... usually from bumping the lever. In that case I poke a finger down the post hole to clear the wedges out of the way.
     
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  10. William Rogers

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    Nice set up Lamar. I have a similar dust collection set up on my Laguna 18-36, except I have a big gulp,for the hood. I also got one of those cheap 4" paint grids and cut it in half as I got tired of the dc sucking my sand paper into it and a few small finials I had to find in my 55 gallon dust bin. I alstroemerias added 280# of sand for extra weight between the legs.

    image1.jpeg
     
  11. Bill Boehme

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    Peruvian Lily? or auto-correct on steroids? :D
     
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  12. William Rogers

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    Bill

    auto-correct. How did it did that from "also". I don't understand?
     
  13. John Torchick

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    Can't wait for AI to take over, nothing to worry about there. :)
     
  15. Bill Boehme

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    Auto correct/complete on my iPad scares me. I think it's some kind of diabolical plot, but my iPad insists that it is a diabetic plot.
     
  16. Mike Brazeau

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    Some nice industrial design on it. Pity Jet is not available in Canada. Conflict on licensing of another Jet product line prevents the woodworking tools being sold here.
     
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  17. Lamar Wright

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    Great idea William about the paint grid. Mine has sucked a lot of sand paper also. I'll make one for my dust hood. Again, thanks for the tip.
     
  18. Hy Tran

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    When I first set up my dust collector and was testing it, I sucked my remote starter into the bin...

    Thank goodness it went down the cyclone, rather than through the impeller vanes!
     
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  19. Lamar Wright

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    Hy... You were very lucky. I installed a piece of painters grate over my collection inlet like William did and no worry anymore of foreign objects getting sucked in.
     
  20. Fadi Zeidan

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    How is the vibration and power on the 1640 lathe? I’m tired of the vibrations and stalling on my delta midi lathe and I’m going to start looking into a bigger heavier one.
     

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