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Which lathe is for you?

Which Axminster woodturning lathe suits your needs?

Trying to decide on a new lathe? Axminster Hobby Series and Trade Series have an excellent selection of lathes for the beginner and the professional; made to the highest specification with unique designs and innovative features.

All our lathes have a comprehensive range of accessories and add ons to complement your specific turning needs.

Let's start by taking a look at Axminster Hobby Series lathes...

Axminster Hobby Series AWSL Woodturning Lathe
4.75 star rating

Axminster Hobby Series AWSL Woodturning Lathe

Perfect for newcomers to get started on a variety of projects. Budget friendly but with a high specification. This benchtop lathe is great for where space may be limited and is easily portable. Read more...

Axminster Hobby Series AH-1218 Woodturning Lathe

Axminster Hobby Series AH-1218 Woodturning Lathe

A good option for anyone looking for slightly larger capacity and more power than is usually found in most benchtops; able to drive those bigger cuts, smoothly, quietly and without vibration. Read more...

Axminster Hobby Series AH-1218VS Woodturning Lathe 4.75 star rating

Axminster Hobby Series AH-1218VS Woodturning Lathe

Similar to the AH-1218 but with the convenience of electronic variable speed, allowing more control, and with a slightly bigger motor at 550W DC providing full torque at all speeds. Read more...

Axminster Hobby Series AWVSL1000 Woodturning Lathe 4.75 star rating

Axminster Hobby Series AWVSL1000 Woodturning Lathe

If space isn't an issue this is a great floor standing lathe. It has a huge turning capacity for bowl turning and bigger projects. Mechanical variable speed for full torque and swivelling headstock, free to slide along the length of the bed and supporting left handed turning. Read more...

At a glance comparison

AWSL AH-1218 AH-1218VS AWVSL1000
Power 375W 500W 500W 750W
Speed (5) 760-3,200rpm (5) 500-3,150rpm (2) 500-4,080rpm 500-2,000rpm
Overall L x W x H 865 x 205 x 365mm 820 x 280 x 440mm 820 x 280 x 440mm 1,680 x 470 x 1,155mm
Distance between centres 440mm 457mm 457mm 1,100mm
Max diameter over bed 240mm 305mm 305mm 370mm
Spindle Taper 2MT 2MT 2MT 2MT
Spindle Thread 1” x 8tpi (Ref T04M) 1” x 8tpi (Ref T04M) 1” x 8tpi (Ref T04M) 1” x 8tpi (ref T04M)
Tailstock Taper 2MT 2MT 2MT 2MT
Tool Rest Stem Diameter 16mm 16mm 16mm 25mm
Weight 38kg 40kg 40kg 97kg
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Axminster Trade Series lathes

Axminster Trade Series AT1628VS Woodturning Lathe
5 star rating

Axminster Trade Series AT1628VS Woodturning Lathe

The quality and performance of this lathe is outstanding, so much so it is our lathe of choice for our woodturning courses in the Axminster Skill Centre. Ergonomic design of the sweepback and concave (optional) leg stand gives you more room to move. Complete with swivelling headstock, free to slide along the length of the bed and supporting left handed turning. Read more...

Axminster Trade Series AT1416VS Woodturning Lathe 4.75 star rating

Axminster Trade Series AT1416VS Woodturning Lathe

With electronic variable speed and uses very reliable inverter technology, normally found on larger machines. It's not too big or heavy and without losing capacity or power, perfect for teaching or craft demos. The movable magnetic control box is extremely useful. Read more...

Axminster Trade Series Precision Pro Lathe 4.5 star rating

Axminster Trade Series Precision Pro Lathe

Perfect for pen and small project making both in the workshop and on the craft fair circuit. Comes with the unique Axminster Evolution Series Pen Mandrel, designed to create grip on the pen blank without exerting compression force on the mandrel spindle, allowing it to run freely. Very robust, smooth and stable lathe; built to withstand commercial pen and project making. Read more...

Axminster Trade Series AT2030VS Woodturning Lathe

Axminster Trade Series AT2030VS Woodturning Lathe

The biggest in the Axminster Trade Series range and has all the features a serious woodturner would need for almost any woodturning project, large or small. It comes with a bed extension that can be used in three positions and either side of the main bed, for turning bowls or long spindles, as well as a digital position readout for engineer like precision working. Read more...

Axminster Trade Series AT1016VS Woodturning Lathe

Axminster Trade Series AT1016VS Woodturning Lathe

The smallest in the Axminster Trade Series range, it's a compact, yet offers the same level of quality and user friendliness as the larger lathes in the range. Powered by a 560W brush motor which runs exceptionally quietly for this type of motor. Read more...

At a glance comparison

AT1016VS AT1416VS AT1628VS AT2030VS Precision Pro
Power Input 560W Input 560W, max output 750W 1.5KW 2.2kW 375W
Speed (3) 170-3,600rpm (3) 0-3,600rpm (2) 50-3,750rpm (3) 60-3,700rpm 400-3,600rpm
Overall L x W x H 900 x 390 x 365mm 865 x 330 x 415mm 1150 x 560 x 550mm 1,800(2,300) x 600(930) x 1,230mm (including extensions) 699 x 315 x 270mm
Distance between centres 400mm 400mm 710mm 762mm + 500mm with extension bed 250mm
Max diameter over bed 250mm 350mm 406mm 508mm 150mm
Spindle Taper 2MT 2MT 2MT 2MT N/A - ER20 Collet
Spindle Thread M33 x 3.5mm (Ref T38) M33 x 3.5mm (Ref T38) M33 x 3.5mm (Ref T38) M33 x 3.5mm (Ref T38) 24mm x 1.0mm
Tailstock Taper 2MT 2MT 2MT 2MT 1MT
Tool Rest Stem Diameter 16mm 25.4mm 25.4mm 30mm 12.5mm
Weight 38kg 41kg 96kg 280kg 22kg