Axminster Model Engineer Series C1 Micro Lathe
Axminster Model Engineer Series C1 Micro Lathe
£549.96 (£458.30 Ex. VAT)

Axminster Model Engineer Series C1 Micro Lathe

Code: 505101

  • Perfect introduction to metal turning
  • Small and lightweight, fits anywhere
  • Cast iron and steel construction
  • Capacity 140mm diameter, 250mm between centres
  • Electric variable speed control
  • Manual or powered lead screw feed
  • Extensive range of accessories
  • 80mm diameter 3-jaw self-centring chuck
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£549.96 (£458.30 Ex. VAT)

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Frequently Bought Together

  • Axminster Model Engineer Series C1 Micro Lathe
  • Tungsten Carbide Lathe Tool Set 8mm
  • Axminster SIEG C1 Tailstock Chuck
Total: £604.82

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Model Engineer Classification & 3 Year Guarantee

Small in size yet packed full of features, this miniature lathe could provide the perfect introduction to those wanting to have a first try at metal turning. The machine is small enough to fit into the corner of a workshop and is light enough to be truly portable. The construction is predominantly of cast iron and steel. The capacities, 140mm diameter and 250mm between centres, are surprisingly large for a machine of this overall size. Features of note are the electric variable speed control, manual or powered lead screw feed and an extensive range of accessories. The lathe comes supplied with 80mm diameter 3-jaw self-centring chuck, tailstock centre and service tools. Maximum tool shank size is 8mm. This micro lathe is the ideal entry level machine that will not burn a huge hole in your pocket

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This product is on page 91 of the Axminster Tools & Machinery 2018/19 Catalogue.


Centre Height 70 mm
Cross Slide Travel 50 mm
Distance Between Centres 250 mm
Headstock Taper 2 MT
Leadscrew Pitch 1.5 mm
Max Diameter over Bed 140 mm
Nett Weight 22 kg
Overall L x W x H 630 mm x 330 mm x 210 mm
Power 150 W
Rating Model Engineer
Spindle Bore 10.5 mm
Spindle Speed 100 - 2,000 rpm
Tailstock Taper 1 MT
Thread Pitch Range 0.5, 0.7, 0.8, 1.0, 1.25 mm (Requires Change Wheels)
Voltage 230 V
Reviews (2)

Customer Reviews

Overall rating 4.7 out of 5 based on 2 reviews

Newest Customer Reviews


tony wisbey @ talk talk . net

12 February 2017

great small lathe.

Supplied by AXMINSTER due to the heavy duty taper needle race bearing the machine is smooth when cutting steel and chatter free unlike other Chinese machines i have used. It has of course limitations due to its size but suites my needs the dovetail type bed provides good rigid turning. I needed to purchase the compound top slide for taper turning it also makes a complete machine very good purchase.


2 July 2014

A quality product for a reasonable price - with a drawback

I bought my C1 around half a year ago, and I must say that I was struck by the smoothness of operation and easy of use of this machine. Its motor at only 150W offers a relatively low max rev. ceiling of 2000, but this is enough for almost everything you could do, and it compensates with unexpectedly high torque from such a small motor. The carriage slides easily and true, and it's quite possible to achieve really good fits between mating components turned on this lathe.

There are two drawbacks, one major, though easy to correct, and one minor though difficult to fix. The first is that axminster doesn't seem to sell a four jaw independent chuck for this lathe - but one can be obtained from a third party seller easily enough. The second is that the tailstock only offers 22mm of travel with the handwheel, and since the entire tailstock must be tightened down to the bed with a pair of bolts, it can be troublesome to drill holes any deeper than this while maintaining a true hole - if you want anything accurate, you're better off boring your holes out. In addition, aligning your tailstock straight and true is very fiddly, so be prepared to have some patience.

Overall a quality, well made machine, perfect for the hobbyist, but let down by a couple of difficult issues.

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