Turning Archive 2005

Subject:
Central Machinery 12x36 lathe

Chuck Harris
>I'm shopping for a 36" lathe with CI bed for turning 20 - 24" chair legs. I've been looking at the Jet JWL 1236 and the Central Machinery equivalent at Harbor Freight tools and there seems to be no difference in features. On sale I can get the CM lathe for $190 vs $500 for the Jet. Does anyone have any experiences with the Jet or the Central Machinery that could shed light on the huge price difference?

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