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

Item #
45937
Rating:
92% of 100

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
(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
HP 1 HP
Speed Range 60 - 3600 RPM
4.6 / 5.0
75 Reviews
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Lathe is just what I wanted!
June 27, 2020
Purchased
1 month ago
Woodworking Experience:
Beginner
1221 lathe
This is a great lathe for a small shop! It's totally quiet and very smooth. It has plenty of power for large 12" diameter bowls. The only drawback is it will not turn a longer spindle without buying the bed extension.
I'm very pleased with my purchase and would recommend it to all.
June 26, 2020
Purchased
1 month ago
Woodworking Experience:
Intermediate
Awesome
I’ve had the rockler mindi lathe for awhile. Saw this one on sale with free shipping and pulled the trigger. I love it! Super smooth machine. There’s some damage to the spindle that I asked the company about. Jet said that’s normal. I’ll let you decide. Other then that it’s awesome, works great!
June 22, 2020
Purchased
1 month ago
Woodworking Experience:
Advanced
Jet 1221VS 12X21 Lathe
Well made and extremely quiet; didn't expect that combined with the variable speed dial...enjoying the lathe.
May 20, 2020
Purchased
3 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Advanced
Great Sale
Best price I had seen in a long time and free shipping! Jumped on the sale when I realized I had enough Christmas and Birthday $$ saved. Used to replace my Harbor Freight mini. The forward and reverse, digital readout and overall quality made it my choice. I've been told Trump tarifs could raise prices and make inventory unpredictable.
April 22, 2020
Purchased
3 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Beginner
Just What I Was Looking For
I love this JET 1221 Wood Lathe!!
It’s exactly what I was needing to learn how to turn.
I’m very happy with it and I’m glad I was able to get it on sale. I had been looking at it for four years and, thanks to the sale, I was able to finally get it.
April 18, 2020
Purchased
3 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Beginner
Jet 1221VS 12" x 21" Variable Wood Lathe
Very easy to setup. Instruction were clear. I have only turned a couple small items but was surprised at how quiet it is. The digital read out was very helpful. Has very good power on the items I have turned. Easy to adjust on different setups I have done. I will be getting the extension rail very shortly. I would recommend it.
April 13, 2020
Purchased
3 months ago
Nice machine
Very nice machine.on my machine the speed control was very loose? Not sure why. I had to repair it before I could use it.
April 11, 2020
Purchased
3 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Intermediate
Quality Product
Always wanted to get into wood turning and this particular lathe was recommended to me by a veteran turner. I am just starting out but so far I am more than happy with the lathe. Quiet, smooth operation and is taking my clumsy first efforts without a hiccup.
April 11, 2020
Purchased
3 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Beginner
Exactly what I expected
Exactly what I expect
A very solid machine
April 4, 2020
Purchased
3 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Beginner
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Why did you choose this?
Rockler Store
on sale with shipping
Donald B on May 31, 2020
It's an upgrade from the Delta lathe I have had for many years.
Glenn M on May 23, 2020
on sale with shipping
Donald B on May 31, 2020
On sale no shipping
Ted H on May 26, 2020
It's an upgrade from the Delta lathe I have had for many years.
Glenn M on May 23, 2020
previous experience with Jet Lathe
Ed on May 22, 2020
Sale price plus variable speed made it very attractive option.
John K on May 9, 2020
Read the reviews and it appears the ratings are high
Duane G on Apr 18, 2020
Best price I have seen. Great product.
michael f on Mar 21, 2020
I have several other quality Jet products in my shop. Since this is my first lathe I new I would be getting a good one.
Sticks on Mar 15, 2020
Variable speed and good quality’ for turning pins and stoppers
J E on Mar 14, 2020
I’ve been looking at this and wanting it for 3 years. With this sale, I finally decided to jump.
Becky C on Mar 13, 2020
I was investigating a midi lathe purchase and I like the reports on this lathe. The fact that the lathe is on sale allows me to spend the saved dollars on turning tools! Win Win!
Dennis C on Mar 11, 2020
Good brand great price variable speed
Robert L on Mar 10, 2020
I liked the idea of digital...new tech and waited for a sale
Larry F on Mar 10, 2020
i like it.
Curtis S on Mar 6, 2020
Great brand and on sale
melinda s on Mar 6, 2020
Looked at several different lathes and I keep coming back to the Jet because of quality, price and reputation.
JJLLBB on Jan 17, 2020
I choose the Jet 1221VS because an employee at Rockler said it is an excellent beginner lathe. The features I have been told to look for when buying a wood lathe, the Jet 1221VS has number of them such as 1hp motor, easy belt access, forward and reverse, adjustable RPM and more
Evan N on Dec 3, 2019
Reviews were good. Price was not the lowest for lathe, but yet not the highest for the 1hp.
Helena S on Dec 2, 2019
FOr the discount and didn't get the free shipping!
Gregory D on Nov 30, 2019
Quality and sale price
Darren M on Nov 29, 2019
Recommended by others to me.
Terrance W on Nov 28, 2019
Price and quality, plus free shipping
Rick on Nov 28, 2019
Proper midi lathe for turning
James S on Nov 28, 2019
online reviews
Harvey on Nov 27, 2019
Try in the rockler store during one class.<br />Great product
PIERRE F on Nov 26, 2019
Experience with other JET tools have has been favorable. <br />On-line reviews highly rated this item. <br />Rockler has been repeatably reputable.
James B on Nov 26, 2019
I saw one in operation
Samuel A on Sep 22, 2019
My friend has one , I used it and liked it.
Tom P on Sep 17, 2019
the reverse rotation feature, not available on the 1440 model in this price range.
JOHN S on Sep 17, 2019
Read the reviews and chose this one for what I want do make with it.
Michael B on Aug 30, 2019
I WANTED IT FOR MY BIRTHDAY. IT HAS GREAT RATINGS.
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
On sale no shipping
Ted H on May 26, 2020
previous experience with Jet Lathe
Ed on May 22, 2020
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!

John
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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.
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.
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.
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 is the biggest size bowl that can be turned on this lathe?
Timothy D on Mar 6, 2020
BEST ANSWER: 12". It's what the "Swing over bed" is
can you use a chuck on this lathe? and can you use a drill chuck in the tail stock
Gregg C on Nov 22, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Yes, I use a Vicmarc VM120 chuck with jaws on mine. It works very well. Yes, they make drill chucks for your tailstock that work well.
It should be obvious, but since it is not by looking at the picture, I'll ask: How, or is it, bolted to a support structure?
Rick G on Nov 30, 2019
BEST ANSWER: There is no stand, but there are 5/16 bolt holes at each corner to attach it to a stand or bench
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 orderd and received the extension and it works very well. Jet JWL-1221VS Bed Extension (719201)
Item #: 45375
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.
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.
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
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