Jet JWL-1221VS Woodturning Lathe
Jet JWL-1221VS Woodturning Lathe
£965.60 (£804.67 Ex. VAT)

Jet JWL-1221VS Woodturning Lathe

Code: 505073

  • Fully cast iron construction with an extra wide bed, superbly stable
  • Exceptionally wide range of spindle speeds, 60-3,600rpm
  • Innovative ratchet style belt tensioning system, perfect every time
  • Conveniently located motor controls and speed DRO
  • 24 integrated indexing positions and spring loaded spindle lock
  • Smooth transition between forward and reverse for easy control
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£965.60 (£804.67 Ex. VAT)

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Frequently Bought Together

  • Jet JWL-1221VS Woodturning Lathe
  • Jet Bed Extension for JWL-1221VS Lathe
  • Axminster Abrasive Strip Kit
  • Axminster Clubman Chuck SK100 - M33 x 3.5mm (ref T38)
Total: £1,306.22

In Detail

The Jet JWL1221VS is different to every other lathe in the Jet range. The whole lathe has been designed to make the woodturning experience better by focusing on control. As with all other JET lathes, this one is made from cast iron, but the bed width is much wider than is usually found on machines of this size. This gives great support to the tool rest holder, which also stays exactly where you clamp it even under the heaviest loads. The spindle is supported by heavy duty bearings and is quietly driven by a 745W DC motor via a 6 groove belt system. All of the motor controls are very conveniently located together; the speed control, spindle speed digital readout and forward/reverse selector all come naturally to hand. The tall, rigid tailstock has an ACME barrel lead screw with 64mm of travel, the barrel and headstock spindles have 2MT tapers. Camlocks on both tailstock and toolrest holder allow easy positioning just where you want them. To help keep things tidy there are tool and cable storage fittings on the bed, keeping those essential tools within easy reach. Although this is a great bench top lathe, with the optional extension bed and matching lathe and bed stands you can expand this lathe into a floor standing machine with over 1,000mm between centres. The lathe stand has a built-in storage tray plus wide feet for stability, whilst the bed extension is an exact match to the lathe bed, giving a completely integrated look to whole machine. This is without doubt a very fine small lathe.

N.B. The distance between centres will vary and be dependent on the type of centres or accessories used.

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Distance Between Centres 520 mm
Headstock Taper 2 MT
Max Diameter over Bed 318 mm
Model JWL-1221VS
Nett Weight 50 kg
Overall L x W x H 1,003 mm x 229 mm x 445 mm
Power 745 W
Rating Trade
Speed 60 - 3,600 rpm
Spindle Thread T38 M33 x 3.5 mm
Tailstock Taper 2 MT
Tool Rest Stem Diameter 16 mm
Voltage 230 V
Reviews (5)

Customer Reviews

Overall rating 5 out of 5 based on 5 reviews

Newest Customer Reviews


John Flower

22 October 2015

Excellent Service from Axminster

After around 22 months of fairly heavy usage of my 1221VS making circular picture frames and decorative boxes, salt and pepper mills and bowls, the lathe controller died with a fatal error code. A call to Axmiinster and to my surprise, they told me JET lathes carry 2 years warranty. They supplied a free replacement controller card by return post. Lathe back in service after I fitted the new card with the defective card sent back for investigation.
Excellent service from Axminster for an excellent machine.

Michael harvey

14 August 2015

A great lathe

I bought my lathe at Axminster at North Shields about 3. Weeks ago to replace my Hobby Axminster which has been very good.
I have used it several times now and I am very pleased with the can change the belt for the speeds in a couple of seconds . it runs very smooth and quiet.
Control for the speeds is superb


11 April 2015

Amazing Quality

I recently bought this lathe as a novice woodturner, i used to turn many years ago but didnt have the space or equipment to continue. I couldnt be hppier with this product. it has excellent build quality and reassuringy heavy. it is large than i initially expected, buut this is no real problem. for a novie or experienced turner alike, this is the machine for you. the variable speed and quick belt change is very useful.i decided to spenda bit extra so i could tun slightly larger products and i ameager to get the bed extension and maybe the stands at some point too. Thankyou Jet, and Thank you Axminster, you have made this guy very happy yet again. keep up the good work!

John Flower

28 November 2014

Excellent small lathe

Bought this lathe as an upgrade from AWVSL. Variable speed is very precise although it is possible to disturb the speed setting by catching the speed control knob on clothing when leaning over the lathe to hollow bowls etc. The lathe can be reversed which is very useful when sanding and polishing. This lathe is just about on the limit for one man lift and assembly onto its stand. I have used it for about a year for bowl turning, pen making and even some limited metal turning to reduce the shank diameter of router bits. It is possible to stall the lathe if you get a very bad catch but the electronic control prevents any damage occurring and power cycling recovers the situation nicely.
I debated over Induction motor or DC motor speed control schemes before buying the lathe but have had no problems at all with the DC control system on this lathe. The motor runs really quiet with no commutator brush noise and I expect several years of intermittent use before a need to change the motor brushes. At least there are no unsightly invertor control boxes tacked to the back of this lathe.


14 September 2014


I already have a large lathe for bowl work and wanted something a little more dedicated for the smaller work; mandrel jobs, delicate finial work etc. The build quality of this is impressive, the machine is solid and smooth running which is essential in a lathe. As i am used to a big lathe the rests seem small (although robust for their size), but after use seem appropriate for the machine. I will definately be looking at other Jet products if i replace any other items in the work shop.

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