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
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.