Built to a high standard and capable of taking a 400mm(16") diameter bowl and a bed long enough to turn a 1,060mm(42") long spindle. All the major castings are thick section cast iron which gives a very solid feel to the lathe and should guarantee vibration-free running. Power is provided by a 1,500W motor driving the spindle through a choice of two pairs of pulleys and controlled by a variable speed controller situated at the rear of the headstock. The low speed range gives plenty of torque for the big turning jobs whilst the high speed range gives the speed necessary for smaller components and for finishing. The front panel of the headstock, as well as housing the speed control knob, has a rpm indicator, a safety on/off knob, a reversing switch and the access panel for changing the belt position. Other features are the swivelling, lockable chuck guard, tool basket under the bed, provision for mounting a shelf on the stand, indexing facility and spring loaded shaft lock. Comes complete with four prong drive centre, revolving tail centre, 350mm toolrest, 150mm faceplate, indexing pin, centre knockout bar and comprehensive operating manual.
N.B. The distance between centres will vary and be dependent on the type of centres or accessories used.
|Distance Between Centres||1,092mm|
|Max Diameter over Bed||400mm|
|Overall L x W x H||1,760 x 510 x 1,450mm|
|Power||Input 1,100W (max input 1,500W)|
|Speed||0 - 1,200 / 0 - 3,200 rpm|
|Spindle Thread||T38 M33 x 3.5mm|
|Tool Rest Stem Diameter||25.4mm (1")|
11 March 2017
A serious machineI bought this lathe as a replacement for a Record Power machine that had served me well for a number of years. This is well designed and well built and is more than capable of turning what I ask it to. It is very quiet in operation. It is very easy to assemble but is a two person job. The variable speed is quite accurate and a great bonus for me. It comes with a useful under bed basket as well as a lockable chuck guard. I have to recommend this lathe as well as Axminster tools who provided a service second to none.
20 July 2016
First class all the wayI've been woodturning for 18 months now having started off with a Record CL3 which I upgraded to a CL4 for variable speed. Whilst it was fine there were a few issues including the tail stock winder which was a pain to use. The 1642 is a bliss to use on all kinds of turning from small work to large bowls. I am delighted with the performance and build quality and look forward to using it for many years to come. A bonus was the reverse speed which I didn't have on the Record. All in all I cannot fault this lathe and would thoroughly recommend it.
30 November 2015
Excellent machineHave been using one of these for several years to turn everything from small chess pieces to 50kg bowl blanks. It's heavy, solid, accurate, well-built and ergonomic - everything feels good and works well. The ability to move the headstock to the end of the bed for bowl turning is a great feature. The two speed ranges are quick to switch between, the digital speed readout is handy and the motor is very smooth and quiet. This lathe is not up to turning seriously big or unbalanced pieces but for everything else it's superb.
12 March 2015
An amazing latheI have upgraded from the Hobby Series AWVSL1000 Woodturning Lathe which was a good starter machine but turning on the JWL-1642 Woodturning Lathe is a completely new experience. The lathe is very stable, solid and can cope with everything I ask it to do, the variable speed control is very smooth and instant while the reverse feature is very good for sanding those end grain spots in both directions, I have also used it to reverse turn. The operating noise is very quiet and the sliding headstock means I can position it wherever suits me on the bed, this is a great facility for me as my work space is limited. For the price this is a great machine, with all the features and quality i will ever need, I would recommend it to anyone who is serious about wood turning, I have turned everything from pens to 16in bowls on it and is has handled all my projects effortlessly.
17 July 2013
1642 - a serious machineUpgraded from an M950 after a few years of stirling service because I was looking to turn larger pieces and wanted variable speed. I'd used a larger Jet lathe at Nick Agar's workshops, and loved it for smoothness, quality and accuracy. The 1642 is equal in all respects (apart, obviously, in power) but its easily upto the job for anything I've tried so far, including over 12" natural-edge ash forms. If you want a proper piece of kit, this is it.