Axminster Trade Series AT1628VS Woodturning Lathe
Axminster Trade Series AT1628VS Woodturning Lathe
£1,657.94 (£1,381.62 Ex. VAT)

Axminster Trade Series AT1628VS Woodturning Lathe

Code: 502703

  • Large capacities for such a compact sized lathe
  • Thick cast iron sections for strength and vibration free running
  • 1.5kW motor with inverter speed control and two belt speed ranges
  • Digital spindle speed read-out in RPM, gives great work control
  • 2MT internal tapers in headstock and tailstock
  • Spindle thread M33 x 3.5mm (T38), many accessories available
  • Forward and reverse facility, perfect for final sanding
  • Magnetic control box can be positioned on the lathe where required
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£1,657.94 (£1,381.62 Ex. VAT)

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Frequently Bought Together

  • Axminster Trade Series AT1628VS Woodturning Lathe
  • Axminster Trade Series Stand for AT1628VS Lathe
  • Axminster Bed Extension for AT1628VS Lathe
  • Axminster Evolution SK114  Chuck T38 M33 x 3.5mm
Total: £2,514.79

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Trade Classification & 3 Year Guarantee

The AT1628VS is a medium sized woodturning lathe from our Trade Series range and it is a very popular choice among discerning woodturners. We are so impressed with its quality and performance that we have decided to equip our Skill Centre with several of these lathes. Supplied as a bench top model with the option to purchase a leg stand if required, the lathe and leg stand are of heavy cast iron construction to minimise vibration. It features electronic variable speed supplied via an inverter with two speed ranges for maximum torque at low speeds. The advantage of variable speed is that you can fine tune the speed of the lathe to the work in hand. This is especially important when turning large or out of balance workpieces and it is so convenient for fast speed changes. Spindle indexing is provided at 10° intervals and a magnetic control console with start/stop, speed control and forward/reverse can be conveniently positioned for the work in hand. Everything about the lathe feels just right, with cam-lock action of the tool rest banjo and tailstock, all controls work smoothly and effortlessly. A swivelling headstock can be very useful, especially if bench mounting the lathe but it will also slide along to the tailstock end of the bed. This allows the turning of larger diameter bowls and platters off the end of the bed and increases the capacity considerably. A 460mm bed extension kit is available as an optional extra and this can be bolted onto either end of the lathe bed. If you have the lathe fitted to the cast iron leg stand it can be attached in a lower position offering an impressive 875mm swing over the bed. This is achieved by moving the tool rest banjo down onto the bed extension and fitting the tool rest extension post supplied with the bed extension kit. If you are serious about your woodturning and want a lathe that offers excellent performance, features and value, this lathe would be a sound choice. Supplied with Axminster four prong drive centre, Axminster revolving tailstock centre, 150mm (6")faceplate and a knockout bar.

N.B. The distance between centres will vary and be dependent on the type of centres or accessories used.

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Distance Between Centres 710 mm
Max Diameter over Bed 406 mm
Model AT1628VS
Nett Weight 96 kg
Overall L x W x H 1,150 mm x 560 mm x 550 mm
Power 1.5 KW
Rating Trade
Speed 50 - 1,250 / 150 - 3,750 rpm
Spindle Thread T38 M33 x 3.5 mm
Tool Rest Stem Diameter 25.4 mm (1")
Tailstock Taper 2 MT
Headstock Taper 2 MT
Reviews (19)

Customer Reviews

Overall rating 4.7 out of 5 based on 19 reviews

Newest Customer Reviews



22 December 2016

Great buy

I have only just received this Lathe. All I can say is, I love it. It looks and feels very robust. Very smooth and quite motor, Plenty of power to. I would recommend this to anyone who is looking for a great lathe. The delivery man was awesome. So helpful. I will leave some more feed back after I've used the lathe for a few months. Thank you Axminster Power tool. I'm one very happy wood turner.

Mike S

15 February 2016

Very Good

Have had this lathe for 15 months now. It is so much better than the old CL3 I had before. I did have the spindle bearings knocking since Christmas and made a call to Axminster last Friday, the new bearings arrived Saturday (very quick service). I had been reassured by the tec department that the spindle and bearings were a tight sliding fit and they were. I used a bit of wooden broom handle as a drift with a small rubber mallet to drive out spindle and bearings. The hardest job was getting the hand wheel off. The whole job took 45 mins. The machining inside the machine is of a very good standard with the pulley etc sliding easily on the shaft. As a building tec things go wrong and break down. So it is always the support back up that counts, and Axminster's is very good. The advice given on the phone was also very reassuring in the technical content but also if I get it wrong and can not do it (the machine is under warranty) I just take the bits into the branch. The only comment is the bearings are from Taiwan not Japanese but they are so easy to change the machine will last a very long time.

Steffen Gyhrs

16 October 2015


Pretty steep price for a turner , and no legs included, but once You have talked down the bank, its probably a nice mashine

Alan B

11 January 2015

An excellent piece of technology

I upgraded from the Axminster 950 18 months ago and have enjoyed every moment of it. I have it mounted on the cast iron legs on a wooden suspended floor and have had no problems with stability. Apart from the quiet compared to the 950 I am impressed with the variable speed and mobile magnetic control unit which enables me to work safely in any position on the lathe. The only downside for me is the lack of a 6" tool rest as the recommended rest has a shank that is too long to achieve minimum height (modified with a hacksaw)!!!!!
The support from Axminster has been excellent and I highly recommend this lathe to those that might be considering it.


26 November 2014

Great value


I have had this for about 3 or 4 months now and have done a reasonable amount of turning on it - almost all faceplate work including some deep 18" bowls which were not a drama. I have the lathe and extension bed but use my own bench, not the OEM legs. Overall I would say this is a cracking lathe. The first one had to go back because of a minor but annoying defect which got me off to a bad start.

The good:

Plenty of power and good pulley ratios.
Sliding headstock is convenient - I tend to work off the end of the lathe directly in front of the bowl.
Everything is reasonably sturdy. There is some flex horizontally in the riser for the tool rest when using the extension bed in the lower position but I found this lathe to be much better than most of the competition - especially lathes with an articulated outboard attachment where the tool rest bounces vertically. In use I have not found this to be a big problem.
Variable speed is great but I would have liked a lower minimum speed (50RPM is the slowest) which would be useful when sanding natural edge and winged bowls.
Reasonably compact for those of us limited space.

The bad:

Tool rest is hopeless for faceplate work - the angle means that presenting a square ground gouge correctly may mean you pivot on the back edge and not the front. Also, with horizontal presentation it is easy to pinch your fingers between the tool shaft and the rest. I have fabricated my own tool rests so problem solved.
The headstock swivels and has a locking pin which does not naturally line up centre to centre with the tailstock without a bit of tweaking. Not a biggie but annoying.
The finish is a bit rough in places.
The initial staff I spoke to in the store were not very knowledgeable and appeared to know next to nothing about wood turning. I did eventually find somebody who knew what he was talking about.


I think this is the best value lathe in its class and have no regrets buying it. Not sure what it is like on the OEM legs but is very stable on my substantial sand filled base. Assuming long term reliability is good then this lathe is perfectly adequate for my turning needs for the foreseeable future. I would have liked the option of a more substantial version with 20" swing and heavier castings but of course this would have bumped the price up. I had a reasonable look around and for my needs this lathe was head and shoulders above everything else in the same price bracket and better than many lathe costing much more.

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