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The Little Jet Lathe That Just Might Could

Discussion in 'JET LATHES, MILLS, SAWS, ETC.' started by Bamban, Jun 28, 2016.

  1. Bamban

    Bamban United States Active User H-M Supporter-Premium

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    In my neck of the woods the prices are ridiculous. Ulma Doctor found mine in the Sacramento, CA area. He crated and shipped it to me.
     
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    Yep , they want 2 and 3 grand for old tired iron around here ... ridiculous, who would pay that . I've gotta start watching that auction place in Connecticut
     
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    If anyone finds a steady rest for one of these, Please let me know,
     
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    i'll keep an eye peel'd for you guys :)
     
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    Overpriced like this one? http://easttexas.craigslist.org/tls/5887013479.html
     
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    That price even looks good compared to some around here. I could go buy a new lathe for what some want for used around here also.
     
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    Speaking of Rests..... Does anyone have a Follow Rest for the 1024 they could post some pictures of? If possible, could you include the measurements between the Mounting Holes and from Center Line of the Mounting Holes to the "Lathe Center" of the Follow Rest?
    Mine was missing when I got my lathe, and I've been watching eBay for one to replace it. I've taken the same measurements on my lathe, and I just like to confirm them and see what the factory Follow Rest looks like.

    Thanks in advance,

    Chris
     
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    Just sharing the latest mod on this awesome lathe. The comvetional proximity sensor mount on the V ways is too large to fit between the quick change gear box and the apron, our very own VFD guru, Mark Jacobs, designed and machined a mount that mounts on a flat rail that is bolted to the catch pan. The plate that triggers the sensor is held in place with magnets on the right side of the apron. The sensor system has a fail safe feature, a micro switch that is in series with sensor. Either one will disable the control voltage to the spindle control logic board. Fine tuning for precise stoppage is controlled by a micrometer head sliding the sensor mount, while the course adjustment is acconished by moving the entire assembly along the flat rail and locked down by a the screw.

    I chambered over 2 dozens AR15 barrels on this lathe since I had it running, the latest being a batch of 16 Shilen Select Match for our Junior Shooters. This 1024 has been the dedicated one just for chambering, contouring is done on the 1236.

    At one time I had the plan to install a 3 axis DRO, but I settled on dial travel indicators. I find these to be more practical to use, watching the needle is much easier than watching numbers fly around.

    Here is a picture how the lathe looks now, the 2 videos are samplestill of the sensor capability.





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    Maybe the last mod on the 1024 is a dial indicator mount like I have 1236 to monitor the tool post instead of the cross slide. For threading I prefer to monitor the tool post instead of just reading the compound slide dials. Right now is just use a magnetic base indicator holder. As you can see in the other picture I have contoured with the 1024, but with its short bed, I have to chuck up and indicate twice
     
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    Thanks for the operators manual on the jet 1024p. I have been trying to find one for a long time.
     
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    BamBan can you send me a copy of the Manual you have , this one is a PY vice the P, a bit newer I think, Cleaning it up, as some areas still had the original Cosmoline on it and the Skirt had original grease on the gears, Hardened and ground ways, that I can still see the grind marks. but still have not found a manual on it.
     
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    THAT JET 1024 is EXACTLY what I had back in the early 70's. Not my FIRST lathe,but my first DECENT lathe! Actually,I was machining in 1959,but I did not have my own lathe till I graduated and had money. I made guitars and other stringed instruments for years before I got my first lathe,and set up a small machine shop of my own.

    I was making the patterns (30 of them!) for an 18th. C. fire engine we made in the museum. The 1024 was the only lathe I had. I EEKED through some of the castings that would BARELY swing in the lathe.

    I had to MAKE a new steady rest for mine,to turn threads on the hose couplings. They had dogs sticking out on each side. The original steady rest was too small to fit over the dogs. So,I made a pattern for a steady rest that would swing them 5"-6" ? hole in it. We cast it out of BRONZE!. A thing of beauty all finished all over. I still have it,but I hate to sell it,even though it won't fit my 16" lathe! Or not any other lathe save the 1024. It does have many hours of work in it. And,I'm looking to get another 1024,as my Hardinge HLVH only cuts 27 threads. The Jet had a full range of cutting plus metric gears.

    I used it for 2 or 3 years,and a LOT. I barely rubbed the grinding marks off the bed. Still perfectly accurate,and GREAT finishes. Some steel turnings looked nickel plated right off the lathe,from the smoother-than-gear head BELT drive. The V ways looked as if they had been ground with a fine cup wheel. Perfectly accurate!

    Wholesale tool sells a 12" version of that lathe. But MINE was Taiwan. The WT is CHINESE. You pay more for a new Taiwan lathe these days. They are WORTH MORE!
     
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    That is a great endorsement on these little jewels coming from you.

    I tightened the spindle bearing a little on this one, since then all the finished chambers on the barrels I cranked from it dialed in at or near zero with a long reach Interapid. Ever since I acquired this, the 1236 has not seen any AT 15 chambering job.
     

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