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Old 12-13-2004, 09:16 PM
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i'm thinking of some new tools for Christmas and the Lordco stores here in B.C. carry a brand called Jet, they look real nice, i was just wondering if anybody has any experience with these tools, or knows who manufactures them? Especially rachets and torque wrenches. thanks alot guys.

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Old 12-13-2004, 10:34 PM
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This is a Chinese brand like Grizzly and Rigid. Very good quality - I think most tools are Chinese anymore. Harbor Freight is also Chinese, just a step down in quality for those other brands.
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Old 12-15-2004, 11:38 AM
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My bench grinder is JET and so far after ~5 years no trouble with it.
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I've have a Jet drill press since the mid seventies. A very good tool. I looked at several others but the Jet had less chuck run out, slots in the table for fixtures, and a longer stroke. Price was better too.
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I use a Jet metal lathe at work. Its not as accurate as the Cinncinati Lathe I learned on but its probably alot less expensive.
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I use a Jet metal lathe at work. Its not as accurate as the Cinncinati Lathe I learned on but its probably alot less expensive.
How far out is it? In the 0.0001 range?
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About .001 within the 3 foot working length of the bed. It tapers . Its annoying but predictable. Very consistant.
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Old 12-15-2004, 04:34 PM
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Its annoying but predictable. Very consistant.
Just like my manager or "team leader" as they like to be called.
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My Jets stuff is made in Taiwan, which the Chinese would define as Chinese...however, I consider it a step up in quality. I like Jet., very good value.
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Old 12-26-2004, 11:50 PM
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I'm the proud owner of a Jet 8" wet band saw. I won it at a closed-bid, company auction for $225. If the blade isn't tight as a fiddle string, it'll slip. For the money you'll never catch me complaining.
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Another one of my Hobbies is Woodworking, and I use Jet almost exclusively (Floor Drill Press, Planer, 2 h.p. Shaper, Air Filtration, Jointer, etc.). I do have a few Delta's, but the Jet stuff is as good (in the price range) as anything out there-

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The air tools are junk, don't waste your money. You get what you pay for. My Chicago Pneumatic 1/2" drive impact is four times the tool than the "JET" version I had previously, there were lugnuts it couldn't get off that I hand tightened with a 1/2" ratchet!? WTH is that? Had maybe 20 minutes of use before I sold it off for a real impact from CP.

As for lathes, you need to dial them in with an engineering level, that means bolting it down and using jack screws to twist it straight if the bed is twisted. Ya can't just plop-em on the floor and expect it to be straight.
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A good quality lathe also helps!
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When I was the the parts jobber, we sold some Jet floorjacks. It was kind of hit-or-miss. If you got a good one, it was excellent. If you got a bad one, it was virtually unrepairable.
I used the demo model a few times. It had a 2 stage pump. Went up quick, until you got it loaded, then it would lift a house, but really slowly.

Alll in all, I have to say well worth the money.

We sold some Jet woodworking stuff, too. No complaints, while I was there.
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The Jet lathe I work with had cut accurately for years and is serviced regularly but it seems like it wore out too soon. I no longer do precision work so the lathe is otherwise just fine. The Cincinnati lathe I learned on at Oregon Tech was an antique but was still tight. I guess the Jet is on par with so many other products now days. Just aren't built to last. You do get what you pay for. CM.
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