14" x 43", 3/4HP Wood Lathe - Craftex CX-Series
Equipped with a 3/4 HP motor, this 14" x 43" wood lathe can swing 14" over bed and features variable spindle speed ranges from 600 to 2400 RPM. The 43" distance between the centers and the variable speed gives you the flexibility for any project and the solid cant iron bed construction dampens any stock vibration, resulting in greater precision.
Other features of the CX803 include a digital RPM display, MT2 spindle table, 6" face plate, cast iron stand and cast iron tailstock.
Motor: 3/4HP, 120V, Single Phase
Number of Speeds: Variable Speed
Spindle Taper: MT2
Spindle Size: 1" x 8 TPI
Swing Over Bed: 14" (355mm)
Distance Between Centers: 43" (1100mm)
Spindle Speed Ranges: Variable, 600 - 2400 RPM
Tailstock Taper: MT2
Tailstock Spindle Travel: 2-1/4" (57mm)
Faceplate Size: 6" (152mm)
Bed Construction: Precision Ground Cast Iron
Stand Construction: Cast Iron
Headstock Construction: Cast Iron
Tailstock Construction: Cast Iron
Digital RPM Display: Yes
Overall Length: 63" (1600mm)
Approx Weight: 281 lbs (128 Kg)
Warranty: 3 Years
I purchased this lathe a few weeks ago. It is definitely a quiet lathe. The centres lined up perfectly. Nearly vibration free. The only problems I see is the handle to tighten the tool rest tends to slip and not tighten enough. Other than that, the quality of the machine is good. If I were to change anything, it would be flipping the motor to the other side of the head-stock. Having the motor where it is, was a hindrance for me. I purchased a universal duplicator from Viel Tools in Quebec (100% Canadian made, which is nice.) It fit, but, The support rail for the duplicator on the head-stock side would barely fit under the motor. And because the duplicator was made for a 10" swing, you had to add a 1" spacer under the support rail, but, because the motor is where it is, you cannot use the spacer. I needed to make an aluminum block with a slot and a drill and tap a hole and place it on the duplicator carriage to accomodate the 14" swing of this lathe. It's all working beautifully now though. Just a little modification that could've been avoided had the motor been flipped to the other end of the head-stock.
I bought this lathe as an upgrade from a cheap old lathe. Out of the box, the headstock and tailstock lined up perfectly. Everything (from the banjo adjustment to the headstock swivel adjustment) is tight and easy to maneuver. The heavy stand makes roughing out blanks a breeze. Although the lowest speed is 600 rpm, that is slow enough for comfort (I always use fairly balanced blanks, mind you). Overall, I think the CX803 is exceptional value for someone looking to turn lots of small to large(ish) pieces without breaking the bank on a heavy duty 18" lathe.
14" x 43"