This lathe has been purpose built for pen and small project turning, even on a commercial scale. It is compact and portable, but being made almost entirely from cast iron it has the weight and vibration absorbing qualities that only add to the turning experience. The main feature for pen turning is the ER20 collet chuck fitted to the spindle nose. This is an extremely accurate method of work or tool holding, the clamping being concentric every time. We have designed and included a unique pen mandrel for this lathe which creates grip onto the pen blank without exerting compression force onto the mandrel spindle, allowing it to run freely. The mandrel is held between the collet chuck and a special hollow tailstock drive centre, the bore of which closely fits the mandrel spindle allowing no play, the tailstock barrel being wound out to create grip onto the pen blank. The mandrel can hold one or two pen blanks at a time, saving time if a bulk batch needs to be produced. The lathe is powered by a 375W brush motor, being controlled by a very well made PCB and giving a spindle speed range of 400-3,600rpm. The spindle is supported within two over-sized ball bearings, running without discernible vibration. The tool rest holder is also in cast iron, with a cam lock clamp and ratchet style levers. Two tool rests are provided, 80 and 150mm. The tailstock is again in cast iron, with a smooth lead screw giving around 35mm of movement. This is a superb pen and small project lathe, quiet, smooth running and able to run all day if required. Perfect for the workshop or to take around the craft fair circuit. Accessories available as extras include a light pull drive, polishing mop arbor, 3/8" & 5/8" four prong drive centres, 1 1/2" woodscrew chuck and 2" faceplate.
Supplied with collet spanner, pen mandrel, 80 & 150mm tool rests and a centre knock-out bar.
|Distance Between Centres||250 mm|
|Headstock Taper||ER20 Collet|
|Max Diameter over Bed||150 mm|
|Nett Weight||22 kg|
|Overall L x W x H||699 mm x 315 mm x 270 mm|
|Speed||400 - 3,600 rpm|
|Spindle Thread||M24 x 1.0 mm|
|Tailstock Taper||1 MT|
|Tool Rest Stem Diameter||12.5 mm|
15 January 2018
Superb Mini LatheI bought this at the back end of last year to supplement my Axminster 1628VS lathe, and like other reviewers have found this a brilliant lathe to use for not only pens, with the excellent mandrel supplied, but smaller items that suit the size of this lathe. The lathe is very quiet and the variable speed control is very smooth. My wife makes dolls houses as a hobby and is currently constructing a Tudor style house. This lathe has come in very useful for turning the wooden bowls goblets etc that were used in that period from the varying diameters of hardwood dowelling that are available and that fit well in the range of collets available. I purchased a set of internally expanding collets from the Beall Tool Company with 1/2" spigot which fits in the 12-13mm collet and range from 1/2" to 1-1/2" in 1/8" increments and these work really well in this lathe for small items. Another example of a good quality product at a reasonable price from Axminster
David Muckle RPT
26 December 2017
Precision Pro Pen latheMy wife bought me this as a gift but it is something I was going to buy myself. Quality and value areboth five star. I started using it two years ago and it has never let me down. I have had no problems with anything missing. I find that the mandrel is better than the alternatives I was using on the big lathe and run unbelievably true. Pen making with this is a breeze. I also have all the current accessories produced by Axminster but feel they should introduce a small chuck for it. It is great for turning small items other than just pens. In common with other users I must agree that lack of a catalogue is annoying as trying to find something on the website is frustrating to say the least. In conclusion, if you want a dedicated pen and small project lathe I would stop looking and buy this.
3 April 2017
A Dream MachineI almost never bought this machine because of the post regarding the tail stock. But knowing Axminster because of the other tool I have bought of them I decided to take the plunge. I can assure you that you can withdraw your pen blank off the mandrel with no problem whatsoever. I have only been turning pens for a few years and have been turning on a bigger lathe. All I can say is the easy in which you can knock pens out with this machine is nothing but amazing the speed control is instant with a vast range this has taken my pen making to a whole new level. I would recommend this machine to anybody I know the price is a bit steep but it truly is worth every penny as far as I am concerned.
23 March 2017
Brilliant machine and excellent service from axminsterI purchased this lathe last year and has been a brilliant addition to my workshop
16 February 2017
Like the curate's egg - good in partsWorked straight out of the box, but needed to obtain another pen mandrel as the first was not true. Used for a few weeks and the speed started hunting in the mid range not a great deal but it was definitely hunting and with that resonating. Adjusted feet and strapped it down and no change. The tailstock is annoying when you load a fresh job onto the mandrel as the bed is that little bit too short - no the mandrel cannot be shortened quite enough, so the options are to withdraw the tailstock off the bed, leave it balanced on the end of the bed or to move the mandrel each time - whatever way it is not as quick as on my coronet major by any stretch. That said it is quite precise and 'dinky' to use and does a good job. The speed control is a good feature and the bed seems adequately flat - but I may have to attend to that later on. That said it is portable and can be taken off to shows and stands for demonstration purposes - can't do that with the Coronet! I have to say that Axminster has been extremely helpful in sorting matters out. I live on an island in the Clyde and yesterday morning I spoke to someone about the hunting problem and this afternoon the replacement arrived. Most people probably don't get that service on the mainland!! I'm happy with it but is does have some annoying features.