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|
|Speed||400 - 3,600 rpm|
|Spindle Taper||ER20 Collet|
|Spindle Thread||M24 x 1.0mm|
|Tool Rest Stem Diameter||12.5mm|
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.
28 January 2017
Pen latheI bought this lathe to free up another so that I could turn some pens whilst finishing bigger turnings, it has turned out "excuse the pun" great. So very quiet in use that it could be used in a baby's nursery, so very accurate and sturdy at the same time. I have turned several pens now since buying this lathe that the only short coming that it has , is that it needs a small chuck and a means to hold or a made bottle stopper mandrel to go with it, I have no hesitation in recommending this fantastic lathe to anyone contemplating in purchasing one.
16 December 2016
Excellent versatile machineI bought this on a bit of a whim as I really wanted to try my hand at wood and pen turning without having a large machine that took up a lot of room. After rigging up a hood and hose to my CT90HB extraction unit and with the axminster APF10 evolution switched on I was away. Great machine and I have produced some really nice stuff, so the expense was worth it. Do not hesitate if you can afford it. I have no trouble with the tailstock handle not being there and have no rattly bits on the machine at all.
Klaus H. from Germany
14 November 2016
Sehr gut!Thank you from Germany for this small machine, just right for making beautiful writers.
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.