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Don't know much about the jigsaw, but the lathe has been around a long time. I considered it, very briefly, when I was in the market for a lathe. From my research I concluded that the fact that it was only a 12 volt motor meant that it did not have sufficient 'grunt' to be of much use. It was described as 'chicken powered' in one review that I read. I settled on the proxxon lathe which comes with full mains power (240 volt) in my case - Australia, is well built, has a small footprint and comes with many quality accessories. I have had it for about 2 years and I am very happy with it. When you add the cost of the transformer to the Mantua lathe, it comes out at a similar price to the Proxxon.

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I had the Mantua lathe but could not get it to turn anything concentric. It always seemed off centre. Then when it started to sound like a bag of nails and had play in the shaft I sent it back and they replaced it but the second one quickly became the same.


I replaced it with the proxxon which is much better. I just wish they would make a bed extention and another centre for long pieces of work. I have the 3 and 4 jaw chucks which are well worth buying as is the running tailstock centre.

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