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For those looking for slightly larger capacities and motor power plus the convenience of variable spindle speed with electronic control, but still within a reasonable budget, this would be a great choice. Made almost entirely in 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, coupled with strength and years of trouble-free turning pleasure. The tailstock is hollow (9mm bore) allowing the use of 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 550W DC motor with electronic speed control that provides full torque at all speeds. The spindle speeds range from 500 to 4,080rpm, with a choice of two 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.
|Distance Between Centres||457mm|
|Max Diameter over Bed||305mm|
|Overall L x W x H||820 x 280 x 440mm|
|Speed||500 - 2,040 / 1,000 - 4,080 rpm|
|Spindle Thread||T04M 1" x 8tpi|
|Tool Rest Stem Diameter||16mm|
28 November 2016
Excellent lathe and great after sales serviceMy second lathe, wish it had been my first I would have saved a lot of money.
25 November 2016
Massive small machine.I struggled for yrears with bowl turning, but with this little machine I've fallen in love with variable speed. No more vibration or chatter. Well worth the money. Full marks to Axminster again for coming up with good quality at an affordable price.
12 July 2016
Quality piece of kit.Having had this a couple of weeks now and being a complete novice this may not be the most relevant review but I do know quality engineering when I see it.extremely smooth operation, powerful and so quiet.can't fault it.I bought mine with the extension so despite it taking up very little room in my workshop it still has descent capacity. Perfect for me when space is limited. As yet iv turned a few practise spindles as I'm learning from youtube.each one better than the last and I absolutely love it now.a great addition to my work shop
1 July 2016
Awesome bit of kit.This is my first lathe. I love it. It looks and feels well made, its nice and heavy too. Great amount of power. More then fit for the jobs I'll be doing. Thanks Axminster power tools.
18 May 2016
AH-1218VSMy Birthday was 9th April 2016, So I treated myself to this nice little lathe. My only regret was that I only bought one ...... It is so good , I need to go back to Axminster again to buy another same Lathe. My hobby for 65 years has been woodturning, and this is the best lathe I have ever had. ( Mike )