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

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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.

  • 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
  • Ships directly from the manufacturer.
  • Must be shipped within 48 Contiguous United States.
  • Estimated delivery time: 15 business days
(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
Speed Range 60 - 3600 RPM
4.6 / 5.0
52 Reviews
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Great lathe
Lathe is great. Easy to control speed and runs smoothly.
August 31, 2019
1 month ago
Woodworking Experience:
Love it he variable speed and the smooth power of the lathe.
Love the variable speed and smooth power.
August 6, 2019
1 month ago
Woodworking Experience:
Excellent lathe. Well worth the money. Simple to use, easy set up, runs quietly.
August 3, 2019
8 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Worth the extra $$
This is a rock solid machine. It runs smooth and true. Absolutely no vibration. I love not having to change belts to change speed. The only concern I have and I think it’s my inexperience and not the tool is it takes some fiddling to dial in the speed you want. I usually end up using”good enough”. Since it doesn’t effect the work I’m not detracting points for that.
It was spot on out of the box and the fit and finish are great. For me the extra $$ was well worth it.
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June 18, 2019
3 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Great mid size lathe
Jet does indeed make very good lathes.
June 10, 2019
3 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Very solid and quiet.
April 9, 2019
6 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Very good lathe
Very satisfied, works great
April 1, 2019
6 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Love this thing
March 30, 2019
6 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Jet 1221VS Woodlathe
I have my new Jet lathe all set up and bolted down. but I have not used it yet. I am sure it is going to work like a nice dream.
March 30, 2019
6 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Great lathe
This is my first lathe, easy set up and easy to get going on a project
February 3, 2019
7 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
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Why did you choose this?
Rockler Store
Read the reviews and chose this one for what I want do make with it.
Michael B on Aug 30, 2019
Good product
Roger F on Aug 2, 2019
Read the reviews and chose this one for what I want do make with it.
Michael B on Aug 30, 2019
ADAM M on Aug 15, 2019
Good product
Roger F on Aug 2, 2019
Because JET makes great stuff.
Mark A on May 20, 2019
First lathe for small shop.
Michael W on Mar 14, 2019
I make custom game calls and have been using a harbor freight lathe, decided to upgrade and this was highly recommended.
James C on Mar 10, 2019
quality lathe!
Keith L on Mar 7, 2019
I watched a live demo and the Jet was clearly the best option in this category
Mike S on Mar 5, 2019
I have been using my 40+ year old Shopsmith Mark V and love it dearly. However...for turning pens, seam rippers, bottle stoppers, and the like, the Shopsmith just isn't giving me the same flexibility and precision that I enjoyed back in my days of teaching Jr High Industrial Arts when we had a nice Rockwell lathe. So, I'm stepping up!
Larry A on Nov 26, 2018
After reviewing several different lathes and through the reviews and word of mouth, I chose this model lathe as my first lathe.
Richard R on Nov 26, 2018
Recommended by friends.
Larry M on Nov 26, 2018
rated best in it's class and now with the sale it became a wise choice.
michael s on Nov 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
ADAM M on Aug 15, 2019
Because JET makes great stuff.
Mark A on May 20, 2019
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.
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!

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.
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.
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...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
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