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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.
|Distance Between Centres||710mm|
|Max Diameter over Bed||406mm|
|Overall L x W x H||1150 x 560 x 550mm|
|Speed||50 - 1,250 / 150 - 3,750 rpm|
|Spindle Thread||T38 M33 x 3.5mm|
|Tool Rest Stem Diameter||25.4mm (1")|
15 February 2016
Very GoodHave 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.
16 October 2015
1300Pretty steep price for a turner , and no legs included, but once You have talked down the bank, its probably a nice mashine
11 January 2015
An excellent piece of technologyI 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)!!!!!
26 November 2014
20 September 2014
An amazing machine !I've had this lathe for just over a month now, and I am constantly amazed at how well it works. The build quality is solid and dependable. I've not felt nervous at any point while using it. The features on this lathe are comparable to a much higher priced machine. I've thrown some pretty big things at it and the motor just shrugs it off, even taking a 1" cut wouldn't upset it!