Is Jet good quality

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Re: Is Jet good quality

Post by SteveHGraham » Sun Jan 27, 2019 4:38 pm

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Re: Is Jet good quality

Post by Glenn Brooks » Sun Jan 27, 2019 5:00 pm

Personally I dont think it is necessary to strip a new machine down and polish every part before using it. If it is manufactured so poorly this is necessary, don’t buy it. Go to a better brand. Main thing, if you have a local Jet dealer near by, is go look at one on the floor, and work all the controls. You can tell what the machine is like usually, by running the carriage, inspecting the castings, etc. ideally, buy the one you look at. Ask them what recourse you have if you discover some defect - e.g. rough casting, out of tolerance, etc.

BTW, the machine reconditioning and antique forums on PM are pretty accommodating. Seems like Lots of hobbyists on those pages and not much hooliganism.

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Re: Is Jet good quality

Post by Nelson » Mon Jan 28, 2019 1:56 pm

:lol: As has been said here Jet is good quality, but harder to get parts for. Grizzly is much easier.
The only problem is that, with machines made in China, you sometimes have to wait until they make a run of the part you need or it arrives from China, which can take time. Precision-Matthews has lathes made in Taiwan, and the quality is very good. You will have to wait a bit for them to arrive, but the crew there is very good to work with.

As for forums, I don't know what to tell you. I founded one, but don't run it anymore so I can finally play with my toys.
(Hobby-Machinist.com). I like this forum (Chaski), and owwm.com- also a good place. I wouldn't go near the others if my life depended on it, and it doesn't. :lol:

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