Woodturning Lathe My shop ace didn’t have adenosine monophosphate because this is one of the best marketing Mrs. We don’t own this machine ourselves but this excellent fellow in out local craft shop happened to have one and it is Delta Industrial 46-460 12-1/2-Inch Variable-Speed Midi Lathe. Over 900 pounds, the 4224B is the biggest, heaviest, and most capable lathe we?ve ever built. A buyer should become familiar with various models of wood lathes before purchasing one for long-term use.
You guys might also look up Robert Vaughn on the WEB or the He is the same Robert Vaughn that was a contributing editor for Fine Woodworking and has a few videos on tool maintenance online. I hope these wood lathe reviews have helped you decide which lathe is best for you. If the lathe was pushed right up to a wall, the tool rest assembly would need to be angled sideways, if working on smaller spindles (the photo above should hopefully illustrate this). My old lathe was fine, but the Reeves drive was on the noisy side and there were always things rattling around (esp the locking handles).
This rigid, tough, durable, strong, and dependable mini lathe can compete against the Rockler Excelsior 5-Speed Mini Lathe and the RIKON 70-100 12-by-16-Inch Mini Lathe by being a lathe with a heavy-duty cast iron lathe bed, tailstock, and headstock. Most mini wood lathes are similar across manufacturers, but a few stand out among the others. The most popular models of dedicated modern wood turners are a result of manufacturers striving to meet the ever-growing needs of their clients while keeping in competition with each other regarding innovation.
Bench top lathe is another name for mini lathes, and these are the ones you attach to bench tops, hence their other moniker. It costs $50-$60 and several hours of work but it’s worth it. If you’re thinking about converting the lathe to a 3ph motor with vfd, check and make sure the motor fits in the cabinet before you buy the motor. The tail stock shaft came out nice and the headstock shaft is not going to win a beauty contest but looks like it will survive to make more square wood round. If the lathe is stalling the circuit breaker will trip triggering the machine to switch off.
However, to see more model and brand specific information, click the links below to see specific models. Meanwhile, heavy-duty furniture making that’s more than just a small chair leg needs a floor wood lathe. In addition to the live center described earlier, a 14” ductile iron tool rest, a well-made drive spur and a 3”-diameter faceplate (also heavy-duty) are included. Remember, you can turn small stuff on a big lathe, but not big stuff on a small lathe. With a lathe this heavy and powerful even large uneven blanks become manageable.
They are great quality machines that are a joy to use, and they fill the gap between the smaller capacity Jet 1642EVS-2 (another fine lathe) and the more expensive OneWay, VicMarc, Robust, and Serious lathes that have similar capacities to the Powermatics. If the power is interrupted while the Powermatic 3520B Lathe is running, it won’t start up unexpectedly when the power is restored.
Wood lathes are usually spindle types or faceplate turners depending upon the type of wood piece used and the preferred final product. I measured each for ease of speed control, vibration, lathe movement, power, tool-rest design, and ease of adjustment for outboard turning. The RIKON 70-100 12-by-16-Inch Mini Lathe is a lot like a typical smartphone nowadays; it’s a small piece of equipment, but it can do many of the things its larger counterparts can do plus a lot more.
This relatively quick and easy turning project yields a candle holder that I think is pretty and professional looking enough to make people think your way more of an expert wood turner than you really are, which is cool. When shopping, check to see if a store has wood lathe parts for sale, and buy a boring bar with a bar holder. Aside from the price and the products created, one should choose a wood lathe that is of top quality.
It takes a lot of effort to slide it. If the bed is a little dirty from turning green wood or a little saw dust gets in the way then things get ugly. The noise from the rock rattle and roll of any lathe with a old fashion metal cabinet will drive you crazy. Sorry to be negative but, wood plus a naked candle flame is NOT to be recommended! After ten years of making machine tools, I’ve decided to reproduce parts for woodworking machines, that for some reason the OEMS have priced out of reach of hobby homeowners, schools, or just about anybody.
We definitely recommend the variable speed version if you plan to turn various sizes of wood. Very solid lathe, can be set up as a shorter bed lathe (which I normally do) and with head at the end as a larger diameter bowl/platter lathe. The wood lathe machine allows for greater user control and versatility from the movement of one’s own hands instead of relying on a blade that the wood piece is pushed against.
Note: If your lathe is less than 20 inch diameter swing, please have a look at either the Nova Precision Midi or the Nova G3 chucks. The headstock on the Powermatic 3520B Lathe is large but makes good use of its volume to house the heavy-duty running gear and controls. Sturdiness: The speed at which the lathe turns will affect how sturdy and stable it will be. A good lathe should be rugged and heavy to withstand blows and stay securely in place to avoid mistakes caused by sudden shifting. Then just keep it level to the floor and flat on the tool rest for all types of cuts… it does not get any easier than that.
Originally Posted by waltben.. They also don’t seem to comprehend what wood turning is about or what wood turner’s need. Currently I think the best bowl lathe is just turning outboard on a Oneway 1640 lathe. These wood lathe tools come in different sizes, and they come in differently shaped cross-sections (oval or rectangular). However, the lathe bed is actually 1280mm long and the legs are 610mm wide at the base. The Nova 1624-44 is one of the most affordable models, and it makes an excellent basic lathe.
A greater swing allows for wood blanks with larger diameters that will not contact any other part of the machine. That brown stuff you see on the ways of a lathe after turning green wood is NOT rust. You use it if the lathe suddenly stops during operation or won’t start with the power switch in the on position. For beginners, it’s desirable to have a lathe with a big red button labeled Stop” so that you have a failsafe or a method of turning off the lathe during emergencies; it’s like a reset button in a sense.
Getting this lathe up and running is way easier and safer after watching a trucker lower it to the ground on a lift gate. Powermatic is a brand known for very powerful machines that can handle larger projects, and Delta and Fisch make great mini lathes for smaller tasks. The unit also has a swivel head for outboard turning that is made easy with the tool rest extension. Metal spinning peter roost for a Powermatic xc wood lathe NOS BRAND NEW Powermatic mould Powermatic 3520a wood lathe 3520B woodwind instrument Lathe deuce horsepower 230V 1 PH or terzetto PH trite 1352001. The lathe came from the factory at the high speed range, and I haven’t needed to touch it since.
The biggest problem I had with the Powermatic 3520B Lathe was getting it out of the shipping carton and up on its legs. I have seen way to many people who are seriously sorry they settled for that 110 volt lathe. You probably want to plane” the wood after getting a nice cylindrical piece of wood by using the roughing gouge. Like the Powermatic 3520B, the Nova DVR-XP suffers no speed loss even with a maximum 40 pounds on its brake lever. The previous version, the 3520A, also gets a 4.9 star rating on Amazon after you factor out a poor review of a different model.
I have a couple pics of the lathe work area including the tool storage racks I built. The Powermatic wood lathe Model 4224B is the newest member of the industry-leading family of lathes. This tool is normally used for shallower cuts than regular parting tools, and is useful when forming beads. I have the Powermatic 3520B and am very happy with it. Like many others I have had several lathes on the way to this one and could have saved a ton of money by just getting the Powermatic in the first place. Be aware that there is some assembly required with this lathe and you should be prepared to move around some heavy pieces.
The best wood lathes around are those that are stable, have decent power, isn’t an electricity hog when used, and can shape all types of woods, from softwoods to hardwoods, with slight adjustments in its settings. This tool may be best left alone until someone can demonstrate how to use it. Overall this tool is very versatile, and should definitely be added to your list of wood lathe supplies. Bowl turning supports are bezier shaped tool rests that enable the bowl turner to easily reach places while turning bowls.
Heavy cast iron tailstock is a usual feature in a high quality lathe and Powermatic 3520B is of no exception. The Powermatic 3520B Lathe has a full 20” swing capacity and can handle spindle work up to about 31”-long between centers with the included multi-bearing live center. Wanted, WOOD LATHE 36”, good condition 1+ hsp, live centers, tool rest and on a base. Dont bother putting finish on till after sanding dry to 320, seal wood then 400 and oil. The Powermatic 3520B Lathe has two speed ranges, both fully controllable with the variable speed dial.
Earlier designed with the help of axerophthol legendary wood turner the late Rude Osolnik the 3520A was a proficient lathe with character group A few faults. Everything fits properly and all of the moving parts are exceptionally smooth in operation. You can vary speeds from 150 to 4,100 RPM depending on the type and grade of wood you’re working on, plus there’s a digital readout that gives you a precise idea of the speed you’re currently going at that. Not only will this prevent annoying noise in the work area, but it allows the turner to hear how the lathe and cutting tool interact to ensure they are working properly. A great example of one chisel set is the Savannah HSS wood lathe chisel 8 piece set.