2 HP motor is “the difference between a Chevy Cobalt and a locomotive,” one user commented. Digital display and variable speed motor with easy adjustment between high and low range. Setup is relatively easy for a nearly 700-lb. lathe.
Head unit threads are 1-¼ inches, not 1 inch. Standard unit is a bit short for some woodworkers, who opted for the manufacturer’s 18-inch extension. Tool rest is a bit small. And get ready to bring in an electrician, as this requires 220-volt power.
Wide speed range, with a 24-setting digital variable speed control that removes the need to change or adjust belts. Solid and heavy at 160 lbs., it must be mounted on a sturdy surface, and runs smoothly for woodwork.
Length is just 21 inches, but a 42-inch bed extension is available. Drive center and tail stock center arrived out of alignment on some units, possibly due to damage in shipping, but a skilled user can correct. Tool rests aren’t smooth, and spindles are occasionally reported out of alignment.
Fast shipping and good packaging were important plusses for many users. The unit is a step up from starter lathes with variable speed selection. Good customer service, with defective parts replaced quickly.
Limited in the size of items that can be turned on the lathe. Tool rest is just 6 inches. Tailstock doesn’t move smoothly. Plastic locking levers seem frail. Some misalignment in the spindle reported.
Very reliable wood-turning lathe for the price. Low vibration and solid weight means some users didn’t even have to bolt the lathe to a solid surface.
Small size limits the type of work that can be done on this lathe. Some parts are plastic, and replacement can take months.
Responsive customer service, quick warranty replacement. Solid unit provides good power for small turning projects like pens, but motor runs relatively quiet.
Changing speeds isn’t quick, requiring belt & motor adjustments. Multiple reports of item damaged in shipping, or parts missing on arrival – a problem for mini-lathes in general, due to their weight and standard shipping method.
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A high-quality wood lathe is indispensable in wood shops that work on furniture and other round parts. Spinning at fast speeds, the lathe makes it easy to cut or grind away material in a uniform fashion, producing clean, circular curves and decorative surfaces. Coming in different sizes, standard lathes are perfect for furniture parts like table legs. Mini lathes are common in home woodshops for smaller, more detailed projects. On the other end, wide lathes meant for bowls, vases, or plates lack a horizontal rail that limits the width of the piece. Check out different models to find the perfect option with the right power, speed, and size for your intended projects.
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