This lathe has been purpose built for pen and small project turning, even on a commercial scale. It is compact and portable, but being made almost entirely from cast iron it has the weight and vibration absorbing qualities that only add to the turning experience. The main feature for pen turning is the ER20 collet chuck fitted to the spindle nose. This is an extremely accurate method of work or tool holding, the clamping being concentric every time. We have designed and included a unique pen mandrel for this lathe which creates grip onto the pen blank without exerting compression force onto the mandrel spindle, allowing it to run freely. The mandrel is held between the collet chuck and a special hollow tailstock drive centre, the bore of which closely fits the mandrel spindle allowing no play, the tailstock barrel being wound out to create grip onto the pen blank. The mandrel can hold one or two pen blanks at a time, saving time if a bulk batch needs to be produced. The lathe is powered by a 375W brush motor, being controlled by a very well made PCB and giving a spindle speed range of 400-3,600rpm. The spindle is supported within two over-sized ball bearings, running without discernible vibration. The tool rest holder is also in cast iron, with a cam lock clamp and ratchet style levers. Two tool rests are provided, 80 and 150mm. The tailstock is again in cast iron, with a smooth lead screw giving around 35mm of movement. This is a superb pen and small project lathe, quiet, smooth running and able to run all day if required. Perfect for the workshop or to take around the craft fair circuit. Accessories available as extras include a light pull drive, polishing mop arbor, 3/8" & 5/8" four prong drive centres, 1 1/2" woodscrew chuck and 2" faceplate.
Supplied with collet spanner, pen mandrel, 80 & 150mm tool rests and a centre knock-out bar.
|Distance Between Centres||250 mm|
|Headstock Taper||ER20 Collet|
|Max Diameter over Bed||150 mm|
|Nett Weight||22 kg|
|Overall L x W x H||699 mm x 315 mm x 270 mm|
|Speed||400 - 3,600 rpm|
|Spindle Thread||M24 x 1.0 mm|
|Tailstock Taper||1 MT|
|Tool Rest Stem Diameter||12.5 mm|
20 August 2018
"Potentially" versatile little machine hampered by the lack of a chuck.I bought this lathe four months ago with most of the accessories and as with all of my Axminster purchases I liked the quality of the build and the price.
30 July 2018
Good quality tool that lacks a chuckFirstly let me say that the quality of this machine is outstanding. The parts are all well made and work very well if maintained properly. The pen mandrel is unparalleled for producing pens efficiently. The main problem with this machine is the lack of the chuck that has been promised and the fact that you have to buy more collets or a screw chuck should you wish to do anything other than turn pens. An excellent machine that is sadly unsupported.
24 July 2018
Beware - no chuck is available for this latheBought this compact lathe 18 months ago, it was advertised at the time that a chuck was being developed to fit the unit but as yet one is still not available, which is very frustrating!
26 January 2018
Very nice latheThis is a very nice little lathe for small projects, the parts are well made and well finished. due to the light weight compared to a normal bench lathe its a god sent for the turner with a lack of room as it came be picked up and moved with ease. the variable speed control works very smoothly. if there is one downside it is the lack of a chuck, something Axminster say will be available but is yet to appear. sadly due to the odd headstock tread no one else makes one that will fit. opportunity for someone in engineering to make an adapter maybe?
15 January 2018
Superb Mini LatheI bought this at the back end of last year to supplement my Axminster 1628VS lathe, and like other reviewers have found this a brilliant lathe to use for not only pens, with the excellent mandrel supplied, but smaller items that suit the size of this lathe. The lathe is very quiet and the variable speed control is very smooth. My wife makes dolls houses as a hobby and is currently constructing a Tudor style house. This lathe has come in very useful for turning the wooden bowls goblets etc that were used in that period from the varying diameters of hardwood dowelling that are available and that fit well in the range of collets available. I purchased a set of internally expanding collets from the Beall Tool Company with 1/2" spigot which fits in the 12-13mm collet and range from 1/2" to 1-1/2" in 1/8" increments and these work really well in this lathe for small items. Another example of a good quality product at a reasonable price from Axminster