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Jet 1221VS 12'' x 21'' Variable Speed Wood Lathe

Item #
45937
Rating:
94% of 100
Jet 1221VS 12'' x 21'' Variable Speed Wood Lathe Jet 1221VS 12'' x 21'' Variable Speed Wood Lathe Jet 1221VS 12'' x 21'' Variable Speed Wood Lathe Jet 1221VS 12'' x 21'' Variable Speed Wood Lathe Jet 1221VS 12'' x 21'' Variable Speed Wood Lathe Jet JWL-1221VS Wood Lathe
Jet 1221VS 12'' x 21'' Variable Speed Wood Lathe

The 1221VS is different from anything JET has made before. In truth, it's different from anything that anybody has ever made before. The design is better. The features are better. The entire turning experience is better. And it all focuses on one concept: control.


Features:
  • Unrivaled speed control
  • 60-3600 RPM variable speed
  • Optimally designed speed ranges
  • Forward to reverse is a smooth transition
  • Innovative ratchet style belt tension system (patent pending)
  • Integrated, spring loaded spindle lock
  • Conveniently located controls and DRO
  • Acme thread in tailstock
  • 24 integrated indexing positions
  • There is an additional $75.00 shipping charge for this item.
  • Ships directly from the manufacturer.
  • Must be shipped within 48 Contiguous United States.
  • Estimated Delivery time: 15 business days.
  • 15% restocking fee on all returned merchandise.
  • Please call customer service before returning product.
(1) Lathe
(1) Live Center
(1) Spur Center
(1) Spindle Wrench
(1) Knockout Rod
(2) Tool Caddies
(4) Button Head Screws, 5/16 x 1/2
(2) Tool Supports, 6" and 10"
(1) 3'' Face Plate
(1) Owner's Manual
(1) Warranty Card
More Information
Brand Jet
Manufacturer Part Number 719200
Weight 137.0000
Tech Spec
  • Swing Over Bed: 12-1/2"
  • Swing Over Tool Rest Base: 9-9/20"
  • Distance Between Centers: 20-1/2"
  • Spindle Bore: 3/8"
  • Spindle Taper (In. x TPI): MT2
  • Quill Taper: MT2
  • Quill Travel: 2-1/4"
  • Spindle Thread (In./TPI): 1/8" TPI
  • Spindle Speeds: 60 - 3600
  • Number of Indexing Positions: 24
  • Motor Power (HP): 1
  • Motor Phase: 1
  • Motor Voltage (V.): 115
  • Prewired Voltage (V.): 115
  • Motor Current (Amps.): 6
  • Recommended Circuit Size (Amps.): 10
  • Height 21-1/4"
  • Length: 35-3/4"
  • Weight: 125
  • Width: 14-1/2"
  • 5 Year Warranty
Technical Documents
HP 1 HP
Speed Range 60 - 3600 RPM
4.7 / 5.0
35 Reviews
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Great lathe
We love this lathe. It is all we hoped it would be.
October 1, 2018
Purchased
1 year ago
Woodworking Experience:
Intermediate
I am totally satisfied with my purchase but for one minor exception. That is the owners manual specifies the wrong size mounting bolts. 3/8 inch, whereby in reality the machine requires 5/16 inch. (I am a 91 year old beginner. Much better than lounging in an easy chair all day)
August 21, 2018
Purchased
2 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Beginner
Love my Jet lathe
Beginning woodworker, bought to make pens. My first pen turned out great. Gave it to my wife as present, she loved it and couldn't believe I made it. Setup of the lathe was very easy, quality of product is excellent. Great lathe for turning pens and bowls.
May 7, 2018
Purchased
6 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Beginner
Retirement Toy
I have shopped around and visit my Rockler store in Arlington, TX. Staff was very knowledgeable and answered my questions. Within minutes my lathe was ordered and on its way. It been since high school since I last played on a lathe. Well the picture shows a goblet I made from a video on You Tube.
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April 2, 2018
Purchased
7 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Beginner
Well worth what I paid for it.
I bought this from Rockler during the recent Jet sale. I like the overall feel of the lathe, the very low 60 rpm speed for finishing, the sheer mass. Negatives are the price of the stand and extension, the lack of on-board lighting and several other nit-picking quibbles. It is strong, well engineered and will last for my lifetime. I have very little experience and need more time before I can really evaluate it. For now, it's everything I hoped it would be. As a side comment, I'm making handles for Cap'n Eddie's "Blue 3" tools. Lord, that Oak firewood is tough...
March 26, 2018
Purchased
7 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Intermediate
Jet 12-21
It works very well. It is smooth running and I love the digital rom readout. I am very happy with it.
January 8, 2018
Purchased
10 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Beginner
Nice machine
High quality construction. Price fits my pocket book. This is the second 1221 I have purchased. First one burned up in a wildfire.

The downsides for the 1221 are that it is small. You can't turn long spindles because of the short bed. The short bed also means the tail stock must be removed to give me elbow room when I'm turning bowls. These issues aren't complaints as I knew what I was getting into.
January 3, 2018
Purchased
10 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Advanced
Everything I wanted
I've owned a lathe for years but wanted to turn uneven burls. This lathe is smooth, powerful, quiet and most importantly has the ability to turn at very slow speeds. Most lathes that turn anywhere near this speed are usually thousands of dollars. This one is much closer to my budget.
December 27, 2017
Purchased
11 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Advanced
One lathe for every job
The 1221vs from Jet is an amazing lathe. It provides everything you need from Beginner to advanced I would recommend it to anyone. also I would like to thank woodcraft since I bought it from them and not from rockler but somehow still got this review
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December 11, 2017
Purchased
11 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Beginner
Great midi-lathe
I purchased the Jet 1221VS lathe after my wife and I took a bowl turning class at the Novi, MI store. I had previously purchased the Nova Comet II lathealso at Rockler. We are both beginning wood turners. The largest bowl I have turned so far is 7” diameter. I find that the extra power of the Jet gives it a small advantage over the Nova. I also like the digital display of lathe speed.
October 22, 2017
Purchased
1 year ago
Woodworking Experience:
Intermediate
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Why did you choose this?
Rockler Store
To turn bowls, pens, and handles. I like the 1 hp motor for bowls.
Joshua T on Sep 28, 2018
I have been using an old Jet 1014 VS mini lathe for several years for pen making. It has performed flawlessly for years with no problems whatsoever. I've recently gotten into making bowls and some larger turnings and although the 1014 has worked fine, I thought it was time to upgrade to a little larger machine. I really am looking forward to the newer, larger lathe and especially the reverse capability.
Thomas on Jul 23, 2018
To turn bowls, pens, and handles. I like the 1 hp motor for bowls.
Joshua T on Sep 28, 2018
Recommended by a friend
Traci D on Sep 23, 2018
I have been using an old Jet 1014 VS mini lathe for several years for pen making. It has performed flawlessly for years with no problems whatsoever. I've recently gotten into making bowls and some larger turnings and although the 1014 has worked fine, I thought it was time to upgrade to a little larger machine. I really am looking forward to the newer, larger lathe and especially the reverse capability.
Thomas on Jul 23, 2018
Store recommendation
Michael L. on Jul 23, 2018
I used one in a training class and it was a very good product.
Gregory W on Apr 15, 2018
I am adding tools to a resident shop where I work. The residents specifically asked for this tool.
Tom B on Apr 11, 2018
It's a Jet. It's under $1000. Rockler had a sale on Jet items. A person can't go wrong buying a Jet on sale.
Leah V on Mar 4, 2018
Reputation, size, and discount
David B on Nov 25, 2017
Brand reputation and store demonstration. Really liked using this product.
Scott P on Nov 24, 2017
Price quality features
Robert M on Sep 15, 2017
I was at a woodworking show and every one there doing demonstrations was using this lathe. Four different skilled woodworkers can't be wrong.
Paul S on Jul 14, 2017
best value
howard r on Apr 30, 2017
I like Jet products and this was a good deal
Mike F on Apr 24, 2017
Price was better from this supplier than others.
Kasey F on Apr 17, 2017
Our club teaches middle school classes in the summer covering basic woodturning techniques. We currently have 4 Jet 1220VS lathes but we have 6 students in each class, so we needed to expand our lathe inventory to cover the classes.
Paul D on Apr 10, 2017
I want the capability to reverse for bowl turning. I have an older jet mini lath that I like a lot/
Donald B on Mar 3, 2017
Saw a demonstration at the Arlington, TX, store, and decided that this would meet my wants more than the other midi- or mini- lathes that I spent way too much time looking at, inspecting and reviewing. The fact that it was on sale helped, but was not a deciding factor, although it left me with a sufficient amount of money in my budget to purchase the Nova G3 Comet Reversible Chuck.
JOHN E on Jan 31, 2017
Have a 1221VS already this is a second unit (but this one has problems)
George K on Dec 12, 2016
To replace my Delta 46-715 for which I was not able to get a replacement variable pulley for the headstock. This seemed like the best replacement and upgrade
C H on Dec 11, 2016
I've had a Jet mini 1014 lathe for 9 yrs. with no down time, haven't even needed to change the belt. I've made over 600 pens on this lathe. Jet makes a quality product. When you're making a product you need reliability.
Gary W on Nov 26, 2016
Best combination of size and versatility for my workspace :-)
Willis on Oct 13, 2016
By the reviews and was recommended by a friend and seems to be the right one to start a new hobby for me.
Barbara M on Apr 27, 2016
Getting started with turning and think this is the best mini lathe made.
David T on Nov 27, 2015
I have a Jet 1015VS and like it very much. I wanted a bigger lathe, so I ordered this one.
Jeffrey M on Nov 27, 2015
I chose the Jet 1221VS because Jet makes a quality product. I have a Grizzly 10" lathe but I wanted something a little bigger and more powerful.
grady g on Jun 5, 2015
Recommended by a friend
Traci D on Sep 23, 2018
Store recommendation
Michael L. on Jul 23, 2018
What chuck is compatible with the reversing feature of the Jet 1221vs?
Jim D.
James D on Aug 27, 2016
BEST ANSWER: One which has a set screw which secures the chuck to the drive spindle. Without that, the work piece will unthread itself when the lathe is shut off and the dismount **will** ruin whatever you've spent so much effort creating. I learned this the hard way due to the omission of that little fact from the manual.
I now own a Delta 46-460. I'm thinking about buying a new lathe. I'm not trying to upgrade, I think this lathe is a good comparable to the Delta, I've read many great reviews. I do mainly smaller turning projects, have had some minor issues w/ the Delta, thinking seriously bout this one to replace it. Somebody help me decide. My question, is it as good as the reviews state? Help me Jet owners.
Sam G on Oct 10, 2015
BEST ANSWER: I have one and it performs very well.I will be soon be buying the bed extender.The reverse speed is very helpful for turning bowls and round boxes,as well as sanding.My answer to your question would be its as good as represented.I have a wood working shop and its as good as any tool that i own and i only by the best.
Can this bore a center?
Ryan A on Sep 11, 2015
BEST ANSWER: I use a jacob's chuck in the tail stock to bore mandrel holes. It works well for that application.
will this lathe work with the rockler duplicator ?
lou m on Apr 12, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Great question!
I haven't used one personally but the specs look like it will work with any lathe, and the picture showed a Jet. Not sure what model.
I would confirm with a Rockler person for sure, but now I want one!

John
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What do you mean lift gate needed
Shannon on Feb 27, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I agree, a lift gate would be on the delivery truck to be able to get it to the ground. My lathe was placed on a manual fork lift and lower via a truck tail gate. Since it as on a hand operated fork lift the driver was nice enough to push it up the paved drive way to the garage. You could manage it yourself if you have anything with wheels or a couple strong backs. Would't pay extra for a lift gate as you can manage it.
New to wood turning. How long of a piece will this unit accommodate? Is this lathe big enough to turn lumber for a table leg of standard height say 29-30 inches? Thanks
Raul M on Dec 21, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Raul, No, this lathe will not allow you to turn a standard length table leg. The second number, 21", in the description indicates the length of a piece of wood the lathe can accommodate. However, you can also buy a bed extension for this lathe that will allow you to turn longer pieces. JoAnne S.
New to wood turning...is lathe too big to turn pens on?
Clyde B on Mar 29, 2017
BEST ANSWER: No works great for pens and smaller bowls, etc. Variable speed is a plus. Only issue I have is the variable speed knob is loose. Jet representative stated normal but I do not believe him. As of now the knob issue has not affect operating the lathe. Keep in min a smaller lathe and not for large projects.
What type of variable speed control system does this lathe employ?
Chris D on Mar 31, 2017
BEST ANSWER: The JET 1221VS uses a combination of three drive belt positions plus an electronic control to control the rotation speed of the 120 volt DC motor. The three belt positions result in three spindle speed ranges (60-900 RPM; 110-1800 RPM & 220-3600 RPM). Speed within each range is controlled electronically and set by a small potentiometer knob on the control panel. A digital readout displays the rotation speed of the lathe spindle.
Does this lathe come with a stand?
Tim S on Mar 13, 2017
BEST ANSWER: The $799 model is a benchtop (no stand). A stand and extension is available at additional cost
What chucks are required and what collects? Does jet make tool sets?
Jack D on Jun 6, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Standard chucks as for most lathes. I use a Nova 4 jaw chuck. I don't think Jet makes tools. Most of mine are Robert Sorby tools.
what is the dia. of tool rest that fits into a jet 1221?
ShurrDean R on Sep 7, 2018
BEST ANSWER: i believe it's 5/8 inch
Can I buy a bed extender for a 1221 without the floor legs as mine is mounted on a bench?
Ray A on Apr 10, 2018
BEST ANSWER: You can purchase the bed extension without the additional stand. It bolts on to the right side of the lathe and has it's own support foot for bench top application.
Is there a bed extension for the Jet 1221?
Ray M on Apr 7, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Yes, I’ve not added too this unit. But planning a future addition later.
Can the headstock be rotated 180 degrees to turn larger bowls?
D P on Jan 5, 2017
BEST ANSWER: No, it would take major modification to rotate the headstock.
Stand extension 719203A is not available any more,how do you support the bed extension on a Stand?
Ed S on Jul 15, 2017
BEST ANSWER: I do not have a bed extension so I can't help with your questions