Axminster Model Engineer Series C0 Micro Lathe

Code: 505100

Axminster Model Engineer Series C0 Micro Lathe

Code: 505100

£366.50 (£305.42 Ex. VAT)

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Key Features

Model Engineer Classification & 3 Year Guarantee
  • Cast iron with ground, hardened slideways
  • Belt driven, with electronic variable speed
  • Fitted with 50mm self-centring 3-jaw scroll chuck
  • Chuck guard with a safety interlock
  • 125mm between centres and a swing diameter of 110mm
  • Supplied with wrench set

In Detail

A high quality, miniature metalworking lathe, constructed to a very high standard around a cast iron, hardened and ground bed. The spindle is powered by a 150W motor through a variable speed drive giving spindle speeds of 100-3,850rpm. With a swing of 110mm and 125mm between centres, this is an ideal machine for making small parts for models and integrating metal parts into woodturning projects etc. Weighing only 13kg, this is a very portable but capable machine. It is fitted with a 3-jaw self-centring chuck with reversible jaws, single tool post taking 8mm tooling, splash guard and interlocked chuck guard for safety. The spindle thread is 14 x 1mm and has a 10mm bore.



Centre Height 55mm
Cross Slide Travel 50mm
Distance Between Centres 125mm
Height Over Cross Slide 58mm
Max Diameter over Bed 110mm
Model SIEG C0
Nett Weight 13kg
Overall L x W x H 440 x 270 x 210mm
Power 150W
Rating Model Engineer
Spindle Bore 10mm
Spindle Speed 100-3,850rpm
Headstock Taper Straight bore
Tailstock Taper Straight bore
Reviews (5)

Reviews (5)


Doug davis

25 February 2016

Cheap and cheerful

Not to bad using for model ship building.
Made brass parts and as a wood lathe for the masts.
Instructions very basic.
Ok for what I want but does lack quality. For example the "kiss" test between tail and chuck was of 3mm took a lot to get it closer.
If you want a metal working lathe I would say not up to it.

ghislain berthelot

13 September 2015

small, very small, over-priced and cumbersome to use.

This is my 1st lathe and i wanted something simple to use and relatively small. Overall i am disappointed by the product

Pros :
Yes, it is small, to give you an idea of the size, it is about the size of a house cat (minus the tail)

Excellent customer service form Axminster, really very good.

For a basic lathe, it does what it is suppose to do, so long it is relatively ..well..basic.

Cons :
The size may prove a problem when setting everything up as your hands quickly run out of space between both centers.

It feels cheap. Now China cheap but just above, which is extremely disappointing considering its price tag.

Another aspect / features which has left me baffled is the how the chuck is opened and closed. Basically you need both your hands to either open or close it. Now even though it is a self centering chuck, you still need a 3rd hand to make sure that your piece of rod is nicely centered. Very annoying

There isn't really a precision factor, if you are happy with +/- milimeter(s) than that's ok.

Overall, i would say that it is grossly over priced. Save your money and get the C1 micro lathe, at least the chuck looks more traditional with only 1 key to operate it ( so you won't have to grown a 3rd hand)


3 October 2014

ideal small lathe

a bit more expensive than other dealers but a 3 year warranty swung it .just the job for model railway long as you dont try to machine large items it should do its job.shame axminster dont do the full range of accesories.collected mine from warrington,very helpfull staff .small,easy to use and store away-what more can you want for the price.1st class little lathe.


9 June 2014

Basic lathe does the job well

I've got a Myford Super 7 in store but nowhere to use it at the moment so wanted a small lathe that I could put out of the way in the house when not being used. This one has proven to be excellent if you ignore the obvious limitations and after a considerable time to set it up. The biggest setup problem was the burrs on the chuck body preventing the jaws entering the body at all, let alone adjusting to hold a workpiece. Once this was sorted and some burrs across the cross slide were fettled and the grease was removed I set about seeing what I could do with my new toy. The answer was quite a lot. I am mainly using it for turning and manufacturing small parts in brass for musical instruments, and straight out of the box tolerances and accuracy were sufficient for my requirements. With the tailstock chuck (optional extra) and some decent quiality drill bits I managed to drill a 3mm hole through some 4mm brass rod very quickly and easily, and straightforward turning was absolutely parallel. If it weren't for the lack of a screwcutting facility and my very occasional need for turning larger stock for making specific tools I would probably keep this and get rid of the Myford altogether. For the size and the money it is very impressive. Looking forward to my newly ordered two way toolpost turning up now.

J Halbert

19 April 2014

Excellent lathe for small work

Made in China but that's no problem.
Properly set up, as detailed in manual, it produces good results.

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