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I'm scheduled to go pickup a used lathe tomorrow. It includes a whole bunch of tools and a 4 jaw independent chuck. It also has the matching stand its made to sit on. The price is great and it's only a couple hours away.

It's a Jet 9x20. Has anyone ever owned one of these machines or been around one?? I've not been around a lot of Jet brand equipment. I'm sure it's probably made in China or Taiwan like so many others.
This will be my second lathe and I learned ALOT from the first little setup I had. If I had more space I'd go bigger but I'm very limited on space. Cylinders are the biggest thing I'll be using it for and I think a 9" swing should cut about amy squish band, right??
 

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It's the big brother of the lathe I have if you con get it for a good deal heck yeah get it parts are available for them so that's a big plus.
 

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It will do 95% of cylinders. You’ll find the base cut is where your swing limits start to show up because that’s when you’re working over the cross slide. I think you did fine on price. There’s probably $500+ in tooling there.

The bad news is it won’t handle hard metals well at all. Stay away from extruded pipe, rebar, hardened shafts etc. I think you will like it but brace yourself for wanting bigger.
 

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It will do 95% of cylinders. You’ll find the base cut is where your swing limits start to show up because that’s when you’re working over the cross slide. I think you did fine on price. There’s probably $500+ in tooling there.

The bad news is it won’t handle hard metals well at all. Stay away from extruded pipe, rebar, hardened shafts etc. I think you will like it but brace yourself for wanting bigger.

For an import lathes Jet's are on the higher end, and with the right carbide it will do light cuts of hardened material just fine.

Like @Ketchup said, it will swing most cylinders of the cross slide with the 5.25" swing. Larger cylinders or front fed cylinders like the 592 you might start to get close to having clearance issues.
 

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For an import lathes Jet's are on the higher end, and with the right carbide it will do light cuts of hardened material just fine.

Like @Ketchup said, it will swing most cylinders of the cross slide with the 5.25" swing. Larger cylinders or front fed cylinders like the 592 you might start to get close to having clearance issues.
592 is the only one that won’t swing over mine. But if you set the cross slide just right I can stick with my same tooling and not really have to change anything
 

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I'm pretty happy with it. The seller was up front and honest with me. He told me that it needed a the belt replaced and a gear changed and showed me where they went and he already had the parts included. I'm just getting started into doing the machine work on cylinders myself. This will hopefully be a decent piece to learn on a little bit more. My brother is a machinist and has been the head lathe operator at a big fabrication shop for several years. I'm hoping her can make a trip to see me before long and tell me what some of this tooling. I haven't even unpacked all of it yet. This is what I can unpacked thus far...
 

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That's a honkin' huge 4 jaw for a lathe that size, lol.
Be extra careful of fingers and whatnot down by the ways especially when the jaws are extended out past flush...
 

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That's a honkin' huge 4 jaw for a lathe that size, lol.
Be extra careful of fingers and whatnot down by the ways especially when the jaws are extended out past flush...
Yeah mine is a 5 inch. I always give it a roll to see if it’s clearing the ways. I’ve had my finger down in there when swapping from the 3 jaw to 4 jaw or vice versa and gotten pinched where there was only 1/4” of clearance. Doesn’t take long to get smart
 

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That's a honkin' huge 4 jaw for a lathe that size, lol.
Be extra careful of fingers and whatnot down by the ways especially when the jaws are extended out past flush...
The lathe is only a 9" swing and it came with that 8" chuck on it lol. The original 3 jaw lathe is only 4.5" or 5" I believe.
 
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