14" x 40" Wood Turning Lathe, 1/2 HP
An Excellent Lathe For Beginners
Square Steel Tubular Ways
A complete basic wood lathe, pressed steel base with square tubular ways,
cast iron headstock, tailstock and tool rest.
Motor: 1/2 HP, 110V, 1 Phase
Max. length: 40"
Max. Diameter: 14"
Spindle" 1" - 8 TPI
Speeds: 4 - 760 - 2240 RPM
Gross Weight: 35kg..
Carton size: 9" x 14 1/2" x 58"
12" tool rest
6" face plate
Ball bearing centre
2 Year Warranty
Good for the money. I only got this for hobby use and cannot see me needing anything more down the line.
I snapped the bar that clamps the tool rest during my first use. Cheap ass metal. Do not overtighten. I'll see how good the warranty is.
Overall, a pretty good lathe for someone on a tight budget. I picked it up when I started getting into woodturning, as I didn't want to drop a huge amount of cash and then not enjoy the hobby - turns out I needn't have worried, as it's the best hobby you could ask for.
The bed is VERY generous, with a 1 metre spindle length. Decent power and speed options, and although a little faster and a little slower would be useful, it won't hold you back.
Manual speed adjustment is a pain, though, and the instructions that come with it aren't relevant (it talks about an adjustment lever, for example, when there is none). Speed changes are done by a) loosening the screw with an allen key, b) pulling the bottom wheel off the spindle, c) reattaching the wheel with the belt in the new position and retightening the screw.
The tailstock and banjo slide nicely for the most part. The tailstock centre isn't removable, though - or at least, doesn't seem to be)
After operating this lathe for three months, I've found that it's a decent casual woodturning tool. Unfortunately the bearings sound like they're starting to give out - you get what you pay for, sometimes.
14" x 40"