By: Bob Whittaker
Posted: 30 January 2014
I bought this lathe in November 2012, as it is my first lathe I really didn't know what I needed, just one that was reasonably cheap so I could get started. Now I’m hooked.
Now one year on I think I am in a position to give a reasonably accurate review. First let me say that this lathe will take anything that the novice can throw at it, I know because I have done it, yes I have stalled the motor, yes I have had wood fly off the bed and yes I have turned 16 inch diameter tree trunks “off” the bed and never once has the motor (750w = 1HP approx) got hot or even looked like failing.
The cast iron bed is very sturdy but I didn’t like the tray underneath so I built a trestle table using 4 by 4in wood for the legs so now when it creeps a little it doesn’t dig in to my concrete floor quite so much. The long bed makes it ideal for spindle work without having to buy bed lengthening add-ons.
The headstock is driven using the Varispeed system which means that to raise and lower the speed the pulleys open and close causing the belt to ride up and down the pulleys. This does cause wear on the belt and if it’s worked hard like mine, (6 days a week at least 5 hours a day) this will wear out the belt, the result of this is as the belt gets thinner it gradually closes the drive pulley which makes it ride higher up the pulley and everything goes slightly faster ‘till eventually the belt wears out. This is ok for spindle work where everything is over the bed and the wood is either round or square stock but it can get a bit hairy starting off a not quite balanced lump off the bed. I keep spare belts and fit a new one for starting off when I need to run as slow as possible and then change back to the old one. I knew before I bought that the Varispeed system would wear out belts but for me it hasn’t been a problem.
For spindle work I don’t think you can fault this lathe, even for bowl work it does the job, you just have to be a little more careful with out of round off the bed large projects but as I have proved, it will do it. Overall it’s a well made, affordable lathe that I would recommend to anyone just starting out who like me didn’t want to spend a lot on something they have never tried before but just take it slow and like me, you will be addicted.
Posted: 20 January 2014
I ordered this machine at 3.00pm and it arrived at 9.00am the next day, very easy to assemble, and was very pleased with its performance will defiantly recommend you has it does every thing that is described. Many thanks for fast delivery and help on the phone..jack
Posted: 27 October 2013
Collected lathe yesterday by TNT and box was strapped to a pallet and arrived on time,when taking pallet off wagon both me and driver struggled to take it off, it became clear this is not really a one man job, unless like what I did was to open box and remove headstock(very heavy) from bed of lathe, undo bolt underneath,remove tool rest parts, one bolt, and tail stock, one bolt,, removed legs(light weight not fasten to lathe) and rest of bits, only leaving lathe bed.
Removed lathe bed by myself, but needed a lift once frame had been built.
Overall would have given five stars, but the weight is an issue.
Machine running perfectly true, put a dial gauge on bed, very good value for the money,
By: David Jones
Posted: 2 March 2013
As this machine is described as a hobby machine I was not expecting it to be quite as good as it has turned out to be. I like the speed control it is very smooth and it was literally open the box screw together the stand and get to work! "Simples" The only small problem is that if you get a vibration when hollowing out the nut on the tailstock lock, has a habit of dropping off. To correct this I went to my local steel supplier and bought a Nyloc replacement, problem solved. Truly outstanding value for money