Axminster Trade Series AT1628VS Woodturning Lathe &  Floor Stand
Axminster Trade Series AT1628VS Woodturning Lathe & Floor Stand
£1,939.96 (£1,616.63 Ex. VAT)

Axminster Trade Series AT1628VS Woodturning Lathe & Floor Stand

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  • Axminster Trade Series AT1628VS Woodturning Lathe
  • 406mm swing over the bed
  • 710mm between centres
  • Thick cast iron sections for vibration free running
  • 1.5kW motor with electronic speed control and two speed ranges
  • Digital read-out in RPM
  • 2MT headstock and tailstock
  • Spindle thread M33 x 3.5mm (T38)
  • Forward and reverse facility
  • Magnetic control box can be positioned where required
  • Stand for Axminster Trade Series AT1628VS Woodturning Lathe
  • Designed to fit the Axminster AT1628VS woodturning lathe
  • Sturdy cast iron design helps prevent vibration
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£1,939.96 (£1,616.63 Ex. VAT)

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Frequently Bought Together

  • Axminster Trade Series AT1628VS Woodturning Lathe &  Floor Stand
  • Axminster Evolution SK114  Chuck T38 M33 x 3.5mm
  • Type C 114mm Dovetail Jaws
  • Axminster Bed Extension for AT1628VS Lathe
Total: £2,400.85

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Package deal comprises the Axminster Trade Series AT1628VS Woodturning Lathe and the Stand for Axminster Trade Series AT1628VS Woodturning Lathe.

Axminster Trade Series AT1628VS Woodturning Lathe
The AT1628VS is an excellent addition to our Trade Series range and we are expecting it to be 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.

Stand for Axminster Trade Series AT1628VS Woodturning Lathe
Designed to fit the AT1628VS woodturning lathe, this robust cast iron stand makes a very useful addition to this popular lathe. Some useful webs are included in the casting to support custom made shelves if required. Adjustable feet for accurate levelling and centre alignment are included and the centre height of the lathe with the stand is approximately 1155mm.

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Overall rating 4.8 out of 5 based on 7 reviews

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3 April 2017

Great lathe

I bought this lathe a couple of months ago, and have been really pleased with it. There are, however, one or two issues with it that others might want to know.
Firstly, it is very heavy. This is a distinct advantage when it is in use as it virtually eliminates vibration. However, it poses a problem when setting the lathe up, particularly if you purchase the legs. In fairness the manual does indicate that setting up requires assistance, and illustrates this with a picture of two men doing the work. I think that it is necessary to have some sort of lifting device e.g. A scissor table or hoist to get the lathe into a position where the legs can be attached safely . If you do not have such kit, I think you would need more than two men to attach the legs.
Secondly, with the legs attached, the headstock spindle is at a height of 45.5 inches. If, like me, you are a shortie (5' 6"), the spindle is higher than the 90 degree angle of the bent elbow recommended for turners. I have solved the problem by making a shallow platform. It may not be a problem for taller turners, but something to bear in mind if you are thinking of buying the legs rather mounting the lathe on a bench or some such. The legs definitely increase the stability of the lathe.
Thirdly, and this is a minor issue, I have found that when the lathe is running it interferes with medium wave reception on my workshop radio!
Other than the above comments, I would heartily recommend this lathe to fellow turners.

Terry Miles

16 February 2017

Absolutely love it!

I upgraded to an AT1628VS after a year of turning. My previous lathe was an old Record Power CL-1, which was OK for a beginner but once I had become reasonably proficient I felt I needed something more solid with more power. I had some lessons on an AT1628VS when I was starting out and was really impressed with it. I looked at other lathes in the price range and my previous experience of Axminster's excellent after-sales service was a significant factor in an investment of this magnitude.
The lathe itself is great - big, solid, powerful, well-made and runs smoothly and quietly. The swinging headstock is great for doing the inside of bowls and saves my back not having to lean over the bed. I use that feature all the time. The variable speed is wonderful too and allows me to fine tune my speed when starting off with large, out-of-round lumps of wood.
I can't see me ever needing to replace it. I have owned it for four months now and use it virtually every day (I'm a retired widower with only the cat to look after) and turn everything from miniature boxes to large bowls and hollow forms. The solid build, powerful motor and lack of vibration makes hollowing with a forstner bit and hollowing tools a pleasure where before it was slow, noisy and generally a bit of a pain. I'm very happy to recommend this lathe.


30 December 2016

My third Axminster Lathe

In the Spring of 2016, I purchased my third Axminster Lathe, my previous ones being a Hobby Series AWSL (which I still have albeit in store), this was soon followed by a Hobby Series AWVSL1000, which I thought was the bees knees and which is now with a 'Men's Shed' club in South Gloucestershire. Whilst a good basic lathe the 1000 was limiting, hence the purchase of the bigger and better AT1628VS. And better it is! The speed control is superb as is the ease of taking off the tail stock and tool rest when needed. My shed has limited space and the ability to move the head stock as well is essential. My only gripe (probably my fault) was the need to buy another chuck (however I still use my old one when I attend one of Mary Ashton's classes at the Orchard Workshop in Kingswood). The delivery by Axminster themselves was exemplary as usual.

Patrick Corcoran

2 October 2016

lathe standards

The lathe is a good purchase, though the extension table does not align with the lathe bed properly.
It is a shame however that such machinery cannot be made in the UK. That for me would be the best result as we
once had an excellent engineering capacity that could produce,machines such as these & metal working lathes that were
world class.
The delivery people at Axminster were very good and contacted me to let me know when it was coming

William Hunt

3 July 2016

An Excellent Lathe

Having a necessity to upgrade and expand my woodturning capability I conducted some considerable research into what was available, the equipment capabilities I produced a very short list of equipment that met my needs. This lathe has already found popularity with professional and celebrity woodturners. I settled on the AT1628VS because of its versatility and sturdiness. I have not been disappointed by this choice. The lathe is extremely quiet and very smooth in operation, which is testament to its fine engineering. The considerable weight prevents vibration even when offset project are being developed. The variable speed drive is very useful, smooth and accurate. Axminster Tools delivered the lathe themselves and the affable delivery staff helped me to install it which was an unexpected bonus.

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