Axminster Hobby Series AWVSL1000 Woodturning Lathe
Axminster Hobby Series AWVSL1000 Woodturning Lathe
£399.96 (£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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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 (23)

Customer Reviews

Overall rating 4.7 out of 5 based on 23 reviews

Newest Customer Reviews


Ian Scarlett

6 October 2018

Excellent Lathe with a couple of niggles

I purchased this lathe some months ago as a replacement for an inherited Draper lathe that was so worn, the head and tail stock wouldn't line up, so I was restricted to faceplate turning with the bits I had.

What a difference! The Axminster is a joy to use in almost every way. The movable head stock and long bed are a real advantage. It's very smooth in operation, and coupled with the chuck kit, it has allowed me to improve the quality of my turning hugely.

The couple of niggles...
First. Following a couple of bad catches, the chuck stuck on the spindle. As there is no spindle lock, it was down to using the supplied spanner to hold the spindle still, but the spanner is made of such soft metal, that it very quickly rounded off. To cut a long story short, a couple of hours of grinding down a large Halfords spanner allowed the chuck to be removed.
Second. After a few months, the tool rest locking lever became rounded off making it really difficult to lock it tightly enough to stop it moving. Again, to cut a long story short, a cheaper, but bizarrely better quality Axminster replacement has fixed that.

All in all, an excellent machine. Having had a couple of lessons and seen other lathes in operation, I wouldn't hesitate to buy the Axminster again despite the niggles.

What I can't fault is the service from Axminster. It is genuinely way better than anywhere else I can think of. My very first visit was when, as a complete novice, I brought in a bucket of bits from the Draper and they spent half an hour explaining every bit to me, and didn't try to sell me anything I didn't really need to get started. Recently, they bent over backwards to try and help resolve the 2 niggles I had.


14 September 2018

Great value for money

I bought this after a very bad experience with a different manufacturer. The delivery options were good and the lathe arrived when it was suppossed to.
The lathe itself was simple to set up and quick to get going. I have been using it for a week or so and I have found no negatives. The rotating headstock is a boon and the overall length of the bed is more than enough for my needs. 5 stars


9 September 2018

Great lathe.

Purchased this lathe after extensive looking around and so glad I did. Built to last and very easy to assemble however ask someone for a hand because the bed is very heavy. Summary buy it you won’t regret it.


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.

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