Axminster Hobby Series AH-1218 Woodturning Lathe
Axminster Hobby Series AH-1218 Woodturning Lathe

NOW £239.96

Normally £299.95

(£199.97 Ex. VAT)

Axminster Hobby Series AH-1218 Woodturning Lathe

Code: 505020

  • Heavy duty cast iron bed ensures minimal vibration
  • Cast iron headstock and tailstock provide rigidity, strength and years of service
  • Hollow tailstock (9mm bore)
  • Quick release levers for easy positioning of tool rest and tailstock
  • Powerful 500W motor, quiet and smooth operation
  • Five spindle speeds from 500 to 3,150rpm
  • Tailstock barrel has 50mm of movement
  • Bed extension available as an option
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Frequently Bought Together

  • Axminster Hobby Series AH-1218 Woodturning Lathe
  • Axminster Clubman SK80 Woodturning Chuck T04M (1" x 8tpi)
  • Axminster Hobby Series Bed Extension for AH-1218 & AH-1218VS Lathes
  • Axminster Barrel Trimmer
Total: £434.43

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Hobby Classification & 3 Year Guarantee

For those looking for slightly larger capacities and more motor power than is normally found in small bench top lathes (but still within a reasonable budget), this would be a great choice. Made almost entirely of cast iron, the bed of this lathe has a finely ground top surface and ensures stability and minimal vibration during operation.

The thick walled cast iron headstock and tailstock provide rigidity, and give years of trouble-free turning pleasure. The tailstock is hollow (9mm bore) allowing long-hole boring to take place using a standard long-hole boring auger, and features automatic ejection of centres. Quick release levers allow for easy and accurate positioning of tool rest and tailstock.

The lathe is powered by a 500W motor, which is smooth and quiet during operation. The spindle speeds range from 500 to 3,150rpm, with a choice of five belt ratios. The spindle nose has the very common 1" x 8tpi thread and a 2MT internal taper, so a large range of accessories is available.

Solid rubber feet help to eliminate movement whilst in operation. The tailstock barrel has 50mm of movement and includes a 2MT live centre. An additional bed extension is available, giving an extra capacity of 670mm between centres. This is a great lathe for those looking for that extra power and capacity, but retaining portability.

Supplied with Axminster drive and live centres, 150mm tool rest and 75mm faceplate.

N.B. The distance between centres will vary and be dependent on the type of centres or accessories used.

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Distance Between Centres 457 mm
Headstock Taper 2 MT
Max Diameter over Bed 305 mm
Model AH-1218
Nett Weight 40 kg
Overall L x W x H 820 mm x 280 mm x 440 mm
Power 500 W
Rating Hobby
Speed 500 / 1,000 / 1,430 / 2,000 / 3,150 rpm
Spindle Thread T04M 1" x 8 tpi
Tailstock Taper 2 MT
Tool Rest Stem Diameter 16 mm
Reviews (5)

Customer Reviews

Overall rating 3.8 out of 5 based on 5 reviews

Newest Customer Reviews



29 January 2017

Good little lathe

I love my lathe, easy to use and set up but I'm struggling to find the replacement drive belt on the website

ashley smith

26 October 2016


i am on my 2nd lathe now with my 1st one going back for repairs 2 times and coming back with the same fault, and my 2nd lathe as been back once already with the same fault as the 1st, both lathes getting sent back because a funny noise coming from the belt area. ( i am only turning pens so not putting no stress on the lathe )
when the lathe works it works grate! the team at axminster have been grate and can not fault them over the phone and email


5 August 2016

Ok but not upto much

One had to be sent back after being repaired twice within 4 weeks from new. Got a replacement only to have same repairs done within two weeks of purchase. Second one being returned for refund

nigel eaton

17 February 2015

great lathe but no bed extension option available

i love my lathe but i bought it because it can be transported and with the extension it can be split in to 2 semi heavy lumps, i've since been informed that the bed extension is not available and with no news as to when it will be, i've work to be getting on with (banister spindles) which require the extension bed. so I wish i'd bought a long lathe in the first place. I'd hold off getting this lathe if you think you may need to have the extension at some point as he powers that be have no clue as yet

francesco loi

20 June 2014

Axminster Hobby Series AH-1218VS

ottimo tornio,sono molto contento dell'acquisto,e del prezzo pagato.
impeccabile la spedizione.

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