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.
|Distance Between Centres||1,100mm (43.3")|
|Max Diameter over Bed||370mm|
|Overall L x W x H||1,680 x 470 x 1,155mm|
|Spindle Thread||1" x 8tpi (ref T04M)|
|Tool Rest Stem Diameter||25mm|
17 March 2015
Great Value Hobby LatheSqueezed this into the back of my Mondeo from the shop no problem. But, at 96 Kg, you'll need help getting it out again. Very quick to assemble. The spanner that comes with it for the non-locking headstock spindle is perfectly adequate, and you can use a heavier duty one if you want so, despite other comments, it's not really a consideration, given the price. The fact that the headstock can turn outboard is appealing, but be warned that the price of Axminster's freestanding tool rest is in excess of £300. That might put you off getting one and ever exploiting the feature. A generous working bowl diameter is provided in any case over the bed. The twin centre distance is massive - hard to see if I will ever use all of that. Legs are a touch on the flimsy side when an out of balance piece of roughing is required, and you have to reduce the speed to stop it shuddering all over your shop. But if you can secure them to your floor using the foot holes provided, that should improve things. I made 2 little MDF platforms, each with 4 castors for each end of the lathe. If I want to move it, I lift one end, kick-roll the platform under the 2 legs, do the same at the other end - roll it to the desired position - and reverse the process when in place. No need for any help. The manual speed adjustment, which has ten settings, is very quick and easy, and I can't justify paying all that extra cash for a similar machine with electronic speed control. Overall, this is a great buy for the amateur - just be sure you won't regret being capped at 2000 rpm. The drive centre and tailstock live centre supplied are both excellent.
23 December 2014
good value for your moneyThis 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
23 November 2014
Excelent machine.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.
25 September 2014
Reasonable "Chinese" productBasically 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:
9 September 2014
Good valueBeing 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.