Axminster Hobby Series AH-1218VS Woodturning Lathe
Axminster Hobby Series AH-1218VS Woodturning Lathe
£329.95 (£274.96 Ex. VAT)

Axminster Hobby Series AH-1218VS Woodturning Lathe

Code: 505021

  • Heavy-duty cast iron bed ensures minimal vibration
  • Cast iron headstock and tailstock provide rigidity, strength and years of service
  • Hollow tailstock (9mm bore)
  • Quick release levers for easy positioning of tool rest and tailstock
  • Powerful 550W DC motor, quiet and smooth operation
  • Variable speed with spindle speeds from 500 to 4,080rpm
  • Tailstock barrel has 50mm of movement
  • Bed extension available as an option
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£329.95 (£274.96 Ex. VAT)

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Frequently Bought Together

  • Axminster Hobby Series AH-1218VS Woodturning Lathe
  • Axminster HSS Woodturning Tools Set
  • Axminster Hobby Series Bed Extension for AH-1218 & AH-1218VS Lathes
  • Axminster Woodturning Chucks Starter Kit SK100 Chuck Package - T04M
Total: £684.81

In Detail

Hobby Classification & 3 Year Guarantee

For those looking for slightly larger capacities and motor power plus the convenience of variable spindle speed with electronic control, but still within a reasonable budget, this would be a great choice. Made almost entirely in cast iron, the bed of this lathe has a finely ground top surface and ensures stability and minimal vibration during operation.

The thick walled cast iron headstock and tailstock provide rigidity, coupled with strength and years of trouble-free turning pleasure. The tailstock is hollow (9mm bore) allowing the use of a standard long-hole boring auger and features automatic ejection of centres. Quick release levers allow for easy and accurate positioning of tool rest and tailstock.

The lathe is powered by a 550W DC motor with electronic speed control that provides full torque at all speeds. The spindle speeds range from 500 to 4,080rpm, with a choice of two belt ratios. The spindle nose has the very common 1" x 8tpi thread and a 2MT internal taper, so a large range of accessories is available.

Solid rubber feet help to eliminate movement whilst in operation. The tailstock barrel has 50mm of movement and includes a 2MT live centre. An additional bed extension is available, giving an extra capacity of 670mm between centres. This is a great lathe for those looking for that extra power and capacity but retaining portability.

Supplied with Axminster drive and live centres, 150mm tool rest and 75mm faceplate.

N.B. The distance between centres will vary and be dependent on the type of centres or accessories used.

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Distance Between Centres 457 mm
Headstock Taper 2 MT
Max Diameter over Bed 305 mm
Model AH-1218VS
Nett Weight 40 kg
Overall L x W x H 820 mm x 280 mm x 440 mm
Power 550 W
Rating Hobby
Speed 500 - 2,040 / 1,000 - 4,080 rpm
Spindle Thread T04M 1" x 8 tpi
Tailstock Taper 2 MT
Tool Rest Stem Diameter 16 mm
Voltage 230 V
Reviews (34)

Customer Reviews

Overall rating 4.8 out of 5 based on 34 reviews

Newest Customer Reviews



25 November 2018

Great quality lathe

New to woodturning, paid for premium delivery for Saturday. Item turned up promptly although message of delivery didn’t arrive till when it was delivered.. now down to business. Great little lathe, powerful, good quality, easy to use.. little assembly required.. motor seems powerful and plenty of torque but I found whilst turning an oak block 8” x 5” x 26” on low speed the motor bogs down a bit but once you’ve turned off the edges and increase the speed it holds rpm well. My only issue is the tool rest is a bit short and is made of cast iron which is not caring on your finger as you slide the tool along other than that it’s a great machine and well worth the price tag. I brought with HSS chisel set, face shield (£10) and chuck starter set. The visor is poor but everything else +++


11 August 2018

What a buy

Really good service again from Axminster. Ordered 3.30pm arrived next day at 7.30am, with sk100 chuck, bed extension and set of turning tools. Now used few times for making bowls and stool legs. Really nice lathe sooth start and nice variable speed. Nice finish and looks good. Pleasure to use.


24 March 2018

Happy hobbyist.

I am new to turning and this is my first lathe. Ive been using for a month or so now, pen turning only so far.
On first use flecks of the paint chipped off from edges with very little knocks but considering the proximity to edges and being on metal surfaces this was to be expected.
The belt change from high speed to lower speed is very easy and quick. With lots of changes it could become a little frayed if not careful dragging it back and too across the wheels.
The only problem I've had so far and the reason I've given it 4 stars for quality is for the spanners that cone with it, my chuck got stuck on the headstock and when using the spanner to hold the nut whilst turning the chuck by hand they rounded off the nut slightly and expanded the spanners jaw width as they are very thin material. Using an adjustable spanner soon got the chuck free and this is what I will be using in the future. Approx 25mm is what is required for the nut.
I'm very happy otherwise, I enjoy using it as a hobbyist and would recommend.


23 March 2018

Does what it says on the tin!

This is my first lathe being a complete novice. I bought mine as the starter deal with the Clubman chuck. So far its been brilliant and Ive had no issues so far. I think the tool rest could have been longer but these are easily made either in your own shop of by a good engineering place. Axminster have a good reputation and thats nice to know if anything goes wrong.

Derek Duncan

15 March 2018

Very Happy Hobbiest

Recently retired and have been looking at woodturning for a few years now so perfect opportunity. Bought this along with the starter package after waiting around ten weeks for the package deal. The morning after I ordered I received a mail from Axminster saying their deal was back on so an extra 24hrs patience would have saved me around £30. Oh well, that’s life.
Package arrived the day before promised and missing revolving tail stock arrived by 1st class mail next day after a quick phone call.
Having never owned a lathe I have nothing to compare this to but am impressed by quality and how vibration free and quiet it is at all speeds.
Being a complete novice and miles from any workshops it will be trial and error but loving the practice on Bits and pieces of soft wood I have lying around.
Would recommend to anyone.

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