Axminster Hobby Series AWVSL1000 Woodturning Lathe
Axminster Hobby Series AWVSL1000 Woodturning Lathe

NOW £399.96

Normally £456.49

(£333.30 Ex. VAT)

Axminster Hobby Series AWVSL1000 Woodturning Lathe

Code: 501268

  • 750W 1ph 230V induction motor
  • Cast iron bed, headstock, tailstock and tool rest holder
  • Variomatic speed control 500-2,000rpm, 10 steps
  • Swivelling headstock indexed at 45° and 90°
  • Centre height 175mm
  • Distance between centres 1,100mm
  • Headstock can slide along the length of the bed, secure lever operated cam lock
  • Complete with floor stand, 4 prong drive centre, revolving centre, faceplate, tool rest extension and 300mm tool rest
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Frequently Bought Together

  • Axminster Hobby Series AWVSL1000 Woodturning Lathe
  • Axminster Centre Finder
  • Axminster HSS Woodturning Tools Set
  • Axminster Clubman Chuck SK100 - 1" x 8tpi (ref T04M)
Total: £639.07

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Hobby Classification & 3 Year Guarantee

Four major features set this lathe apart: 1. The centre height is a full 185mm giving a massive 370mm(14") maximum turning diameter over the bed and the ability to turn larger diameter bowls without the need to rotate the head. 2. The distance between centres is a very useful 1,100mm for turning longer spindles and similar items. 3. The swivelling headstock is also free to slide along the length of the bed, giving the facility to position the head in the most convenient position to suit the item being turned. The headstock can also be swivellled. 4. A larger motor to match the larger capacites. The AWVSL1000 is a powerful value-for-money cast iron machine with plenty of capacity and is now supplied with a pair of Axminster centres. Supplied with 4 prong Axminster drive centre, Axminster revolving tailstock centre, 150mm faceplate, outboard tool rest extension, 300mm tool rest and stand.

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 1,100 mm
Headstock Taper 2 MT
Max Diameter over Bed 370 mm
Model AWVSL1000
Nett Weight 97 kg
Overall L x W x H 1,680 mm x 470 mm x 1,155 mm
Power 750 W
Rating Hobby
Speed 500 - 2,000 rpm, 10 steps
Spindle Thread T04M 1" x 8 tpi
Tailstock Taper 2 MT
Tool Rest Stem Diameter 25 mm
Voltage 230 V
Reviews (20)

Customer Reviews

Overall rating 4.7 out of 5 based on 20 reviews

Newest Customer Reviews



8 December 2017

Very good value for what you get – so don’t let the “Hobby” tag put you off

This is undoubtedly a beginners lathe which lacks some of the nice to have features e.g. doesn’t have a high speed, doesn’t offer reverse or indexing. It does however have a long cast iron bed, powerful motor and a generous capacity (swing).

Stand is a real bonus – even not bolted down – better still when bolted down.

The variable speed pulley is both good and bad – quiet and efficient and can change the speed easily on the move but might wear the belt quickly, howwver a belt change is easy to make because the pulleys are outbound of the bearings and very inexpensive (generic).

Probably doesn’t compare to a more expensive “Trade” lathe but does offer good value and was notably the entry (first) lathe used by both Martin Waldt and Martin Saban-Smith (see YouTube videos).

Very good value for what you get – so don’t let the “Hobby” tag put you off.

Axminster Service is of course excellent too.


3 December 2017

Axminster Hobby Series AWVSL1000 Woodturning Lathe

excellent machine
I looked very long and hard for a Lathe for a medium wood turner to continue my work for fun.
Axminster are very good at giving helpful advice on all the items they make.
The lathe is very well made and easy to set up ( though some strength is required ) and the manual could improve a little with more info.
I have turned several boxes, finished them and polished them all .
Some items I feel could do with modifying. The motor sits in front of the turning position and collects bits of wood and dust , it needs moving away from the turning position. The speed control lever gets in the way of my chisel position when it is on a higher speed. The locking levers for the tail stock and the tool rest are very short and seem to get in the way of the machine bed frequently. The nut under the tool rest seems to come loose at some times and needs to be tightened up a little.
So far I do not have trouble with removing the chuck from the spindle but I do think the flat spanner is a little flimsy and you have to use the chuck tightener and spanner in opposition to remove the chuck.
Might sound a little picky to some people but I have to admit the lathe is excellent to use and very sturdy on the metal support supplied.
Best of all I was told the price had reduced after I ordered it all , so Thanks Axminster for being honest at the time of order.


30 November 2017

I agree with all the previous comments. One or two had a problem with the wrench for locking the spindle bending, l don't see how that could happen unless you were a bit rough with it.

I have my lathe scenes 2011 and it's still going strong. I think it's an excellent starter lathe it not to big and the price ie affordable. With the excellent service from Axminster it's a no-brainer

Glenn cornish

21 November 2016

Excellent starter lathe

Bought this for my first hobby lathe a few years ago. Firstly it is really solid, however it does need to be bolted to the floor to stand any chance with unbalanced blanks.

The variable speed is very useful - it's a mechanical system and chews up drive belts pretty quickly. I was left without a lathe for a short while waiting for another belt, so I'd recommend buying another belt or two when you buy one (which you should). The one caution about the variable speed is that you can only change speed while the lathe is running, so you can't start it with a large unbalanced blank while it's on fast and turn it down- it'll shake it to pieces!

The swivelling headstock is excellent especially at this price, I use it all the time for larger bowls.

The main downside is that various of the screw levers broke or rounded off very quickly. Still haven't got round to replacing them so I have mole wrenches gripped onto them in various places. The metal bar used to immobilise the spindle while undoing the face plate etc bent within a few goes - however it work hardened as it bent, so still works fine!

I believe I would have to spend considerably more to buy a significantly better lathe. I've never regretted buying it. I expect it to last many more years.

Mr t

11 November 2016

Very good quality

Ideal for doing both light and heavy work very powerful

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