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Axminster Hobby Series AWVSL1000 Woodturning Lathe


Key Features

  • 750W 1ph 230V induction motor
  • Variomatic speed control 500-2,000rpm
  • Swivelling headstock indexed at 45° and 90°
  • Centre height 175mm
  • Distance between centres 1,100mm
  • Headstock is free to slide along the length of the bed
  • Complete with floor stand, 4 prong drive centre, revolving centre, faceplate, tool rest extension and 300mm tool rest


Four major features set this lathe apart: 1. The centre height is a full 185mm giving a massive 370mm(14") maximum turning diameter over the bed and the ability to turn larger diameter bowls without the need to rotate the head. 2. The distance between centres is a very useful 1,100mm for turning longer spindles and similar items. 3. The swivelling headstock is also free to slide along the length of the bed, giving the facility to position the head in the most convenient position to suit the item being turned. The headstock can also be swivellled. 4. A larger motor to match the larger capacites. The AWVSL1000 is a powerful value-for-money machine with plenty of capacity and is now supplied with a pair of Axminster centres. Supplied with 4 prong Axminster drive centre, Axminster revolving tailstock centre, 150mm faceplate, outboard tool rest extension, 300mm tool rest and stand.
N.B. The distance between centres will vary and be dependent on the type of centres or accessories used.

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Additional Information
Distance Between Centres 1,100mm (43.3")
Max Diameter Over Bed 370mm
Model AWVSL1000
Nett Weight 97kg
Overall L X W X H 1,680 x 470 x 1,155mm
Power 750W
Rating Hobby
Speed 500-2,000rpm
Spindle Taper 2MT
Spindle Thread 1" x 8tpi (ref T04M)
Taper Tailstock 2MT
Tool Rest Stem Diameter 25.4mm
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Customer Reviews


By: Bram sharp

Posted: 23 December 2014

This is my first lathe bought in October ,no problems assembling and on using it exceeded my expectations , all in all not a bad machine for the money and I would recommend this to anyone just starting


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.

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