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||250mm|
|Max Diameter over Bed||150mm|
|Overall L x W x H||699 x 315 x 270mm|
|Spindle Taper||ER20 Collet|
|Spindle Thread||M24 x 1.0mm|
|Tool Rest Stem Diameter||12.5mm|
16 April 2016
Good little machineIve only turned a couple of pens on this lathe so far, not had much time to try it properly, but seems to do a great job, its well built, very smooth, but rather expensive, but to be honest, I looked at the alternatives, and some are much cheaper, but not really up to much, so stuck to what I know is the best, but overall, 100%, but PLEASE Axminster, bring back the catalogues, I was able to find everything I wanted in a moment, really not a fan of your website.
4 February 2016
Excellent ProductVery good quality, a little expensive but turns out to be well worth it, very pleased with it, 10/10