Axminster Hobby Series AH-1218VS Woodturning Lathe
Axminster Hobby Series AH-1218VS Woodturning Lathe
£349.96 (£291.63 Ex. VAT)

Axminster Hobby Series AH-1218VS Woodturning Lathe

Code: 505021

  • 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 550W DC motor, quiet and smooth operation
  • Variable speed with spindle speeds from 500 to 4,080rpm
  • Tailstock barrel has 50mm of movement
  • Bed extension available as an option
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Frequently Bought Together

  • Axminster Hobby Series AH-1218VS Woodturning Lathe
  • Axminster Hobby Series Bed Extension for AH-1218 & AH-1218VS Lathes
  • Key Operated Woodturning Chuck Set
  • Axminster Centre Finder
Total: £578.82

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Hobby Classification & 3 Year Guarantee

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.

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Distance Between Centres 457 mm
Headstock Taper 2 MT
Max Diameter over Bed 305 mm
Model AH-1218VS
Nett Weight 40 kg
Overall L x W x H 820 mm x 280 mm x 440 mm
Power 550 W
Rating Hobby
Speed 500 - 2,040 / 1,000 - 4,080 rpm
Spindle Thread T04M 1" x 8 tpi
Tailstock Taper 2 MT
Tool Rest Stem Diameter 16 mm
Reviews (26)

Customer Reviews

Overall rating 4.8 out of 5 based on 26 reviews

Newest Customer Reviews



13 November 2017

Accessories of poor design and quality

Not impressed with the spanners supplied as they are made from 0.100 sheet steel. When trying to hold the drive shaft nut it quite often get wedged down the back of the nut and can be a bit of problem to remove. Other than this it is still a very good buy.

Terry Harris

12 April 2017

What a Buy

Struggled for years with a lathe which was not up to the job have managed to get enough pennies together to buy this lathe. Oh what a difference. The variable speed control is a God send so much easier to get the speed that suits the job in hand instead of fixed speeds set by pulley changes. Anybody looking to start woodturning I would suggest looking no further than this lathe

Alan Giles

28 November 2016

Excellent lathe and great after sales service

My second lathe, wish it had been my first I would have saved a lot of money.
Had trouble with the speed control but Axminster supplied a new one immediately.
Easy to fit and back to turning. Full marks to Axminster.

Ian Camfield

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.

warren wright

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

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