By: Rob Brown
Posted: 23 November 2014
I bought this lathe upgrading after a year of working on a desk top midi lathe. This AWVSL1000 machine is outstanding in its quality and usability at a very affordable price. A little heavy when assembling alone but do able, would be easier with two people. I found this equipment accurate when checked with a dial gauge , solid and easy to work on and in every way equal to much more expensive machines . The service from Axminster is excellent . I can't recommend this equipment enough.
By: Homer J.
Posted: 25 September 2014
Basically not a bad little machine. Good throw over bed for inboard bowl turning and good distance between centers for those longer spindles however a couple of points:
The tool rest holder is (on my machine at least) 25.0mm NOT 25.4mm as stated in the "Additional Information page". Note: manual states 25.00mm Ø
There is no spindle lock. Spindle is held with a (self supplied) spanner or the cheap piece of bendy metal supplied (until it bends out of shape that is).
As others have said it is heavy so it really is a two man job to assemble it
Spare drive belts are available from Axminster for reasonable cost.
Don't know about the bearings - not had to change any of them yet
All in all not a bad "little" lathe for the money
By: Richard Phillpotts
Posted: 9 September 2014
Being a novice I narrowed my search down to this lathe and the Record equivalent. I asked both companies a few questions about them, Axminster immediately replied, I am still waiting for a reply from Record. My decision was made and I have no regrets. Assembly was fairly straight forward although the instructions could have been better. It is now up and running and I am very pleased with it. Quality is very good and I rate it good value for the price paid. Service from Axminster is excellent, you have a query or a question and they respond immediately, you cannot ask for more than that.
By: Howard Temperley
Posted: 26 June 2014
I had the Perform version of this lathe.......the same in most if not all respects as the AWVSL 1000. I sold it on due to a pending house move and am now looking to buy again. I always found the lathe well up to anything I placed between the centres or on the face plate. To rate it as a hobby machine is rather conservative because it just goes on and on never complaining no matter what. I will have no hesitation in purchasing the AWVSL 1000 based on my recollections of the Perform model that i had before. It is a little on the heavy side but once set up weight is a distinct advantage because it just doesnt move at all.
By: Rhys Barter
Posted: 14 April 2014
I brought my lathe in may 2013, and it is still going strong. this is a very good machine with a lot of features. I was interested in lathes at school so I decided to try a bit of turning at home. this lathe is very good for spindle turning and I have used it for bowl turning, and pen turning as well. easy to assemble, and very good value for money. a good lathe for the simple beginner