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General International

General International 25-650ABC M1 2 hp Variable Electronic Speed Lathe, 16 x 42″

Heavy-duty, cast-iron bed for added stability and minimal vibration. Variable Electronic Speed Lathe 16″ x 42″ 2 HP. Specifically designed and built for professionals who want superior performance. Heavy-duty, cast-iron bed and stand for added stability and minimal vibration. Electronic inverter for variable speed adjustment between 45 and 3750 rpm. Forward or reverse rotation. Movable emergency switch can be placed to suit the operator.

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Teknatool International

NOVA 46300 Comet II Variable Speed Mini Lathe 12-Inch x 16 1/2-Inch

NOVA 46300 Comet II 12 Inch x 16 1/2-Inch Variable Speed Midi Lathe is the most versatile & innovative smaller lathe on the market today. Portable and space saving, yet delivers the capacity and rugged stability of larger machines. Small, space saving design means the NOVA Comet II Midi is a great choice for a multitude of projects. It’s at home as the primary or secondary lathe in a multi-functional workshop, or great for those who travel a lot for their hobby or who teach/demonstrate frequently. Its powerful 3/4HP electronic variable speed motor offers a wide speed range from 250-4000rpm. With a super low speed, up to a super high speed, the NOVA Comet II midi lathe is the perfect choice for a variety of projects, from pens to bowls and spindles.The forward and reversing switch offers additional flexibility for a superior finish. With its 12″ swing capacity over bed and 16.5″ between center capacity, expandable to 41″ with the optional bed extension accessory, you can turn a wide variety of projects. Improvements to previous models include: strengthened reinforced composite guard, the guard now has a rapid access latch for even faster and easier access, the on/off switch has been improved to make it faster and more positive to switch on and off and is fitted with a no-vault release for additional safety. The 3 Step Pulley System offers different speed ranges while providing maximum flexibility.The middle step usually provides enough range for most wood turning applications, however the additional two steps provide more torque when needed for the more demanding projects. The Comet II has exceptional structural strength, with its solid cast iron construction throughout delivers optimum strength and rigidity while absorbing any vibration. The result, an exceptionally smooth turning experience with less time spent in the finishing process. Finally, the motor housing has been changed to a robust die cast housing. This updated version of the NOVA Comet II Midi Lathe delivers an exceptional turning experience.By adding the optional accessories you can transform your lathe into a total wood working station. This patented world first approach to versatile Midi Lathe design delivers maximum flexibility for the lathe owner, allowing the user to consolidate key wood working and wood turning functions into the single machine, saving space, time and money. Lathe available in 1″8TPI thread. Standard equipment: 3/4HP variable speed motor, 3″ faceplate, hand wheel, 6″ tool rest, 2MT Drive center, 2MT Live Center, knockout bar, manual and fastenings. Designed by Teknatool International, innovating since 1955. Backed by a full replacement 1-year warranty on motor and electronics and a further 2-Year limited warranty on all parts excluding motor, electronics, consumables, for a total of 2-Years limited warranty. Call our customer service center on 727-954-3433.

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Globe House Products

GHP 5-Speed Control Cast Iron 1/2HP Power Universal Motor Lathe with On/Off Switch

The lathe is constructed from cast iron and includes a powerful 1/2HP universal motor with a 5 speed control that provides full torque at all speeds.

Powerful 1/2HP motor
Turns objects larger than 6″ in diameter to create a variety of decorative projects
Easy access to five speed controls (760, 1100, 1600, 2200, 3200 rpm) reduces down time
All-cast-iron construction provides stability and is extremely durable
Ball-bearing live center
Includes 3″ face plate, 6″ tool rest
On-off switch is located close to work zone for convenient operation

Package Contents:
1 x 1/2 HP Power Motor Lathe

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Includes 3″ face plate, 6″ tool rest.
On-off switch is located close to work zone for convenient operation.
Motor (Induction):1/2 HP, 1 Ph 120V
Swing Over The Bed (in):10″ (254mm)
Working Distance Between Centers (in):18″
Outboard Turning (in):7 ½” (191 mm)
Speeds (RPM):5 Speed 760, 1100, 1600, 2200, 3200
Spindle Nose (in x T.P.I.):1″x 8 RH thread
Hole (completely through spindle/in):3/8″ (10 mm)
Headstock Taper:MT-2
Tailstock Taper:MT-2
Hole Through Tailstock (in):3/8″ (10 mm)
Tailstock Spindle Travel (in):1 ½” (38 mm)
Overall Dimensions (HxWxL/in):33 ¼”x11″x7 ½”

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Laguna Tools

Laguna Tools MLAREVO 1836 Revo Lathe, 18″/36″, Black

The 18|36 Lathe features a brand new design & details that will excite any serious bowl turner! The First feature that will catch your attention is undoubtedly the ergonomic angled control panel made from anodized aluminum. The blue hue of the DRO along with the beautiful knurled control knob fitted with a rubber grip signals this is no ordinary lathe. The bed is made from steel which allows the cast iron headstock to travel incredibly smoothly. Steel is the preferred material due to its well known longevity & strength. Electronic variable speed is obtained via a VFD that converts 1 phase input to 3 phase output, so even at low settings you will get an incredible amount of torque. The DRO gives you an accurate RPM readout at all times any fine adjustments are made electronically. Changing from high to low settings is made easy by using the quick release handle. The headstock & tailstock lock handles are situated on the back to eliminate any interruptions to your work flow. Ergonomically designed handles use a cam lock resulting in a firm feel with no deflection.

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Wood Lathes

Woodtek 829806, Machinery, Lathes, Woodtek 12″ Vs Basic Lathe

Includes outboard turning assembly and safety shield as standard equipment. The Woodtek® 12″ Variable Speed Lathe is a full feature cabinet style lathe designed for bowl and spindle turning. It has a 12″ inboard swing with 38″ between centers and a variable speed Reeves drive from 360 to 2,100 RPM. An optional Woodtek Cable Drive Duplicator 140-069 is designed to fit this lathe for production spindle turning: Lathe is wired for 110V but can be rewired for 220V. Faceplates have reverse threads for use on outboard spindle. 16″ outboard assembly includes 12″ bed and outboard tool rest base. Lathe includes 12″ tool rest, bowl turning rest, 3″ faceplate, 5″ hand wheel, spur drive, cup center, outboard assembly, safety shield and instruction manual. One year parts and workmanship warranty. Imported. SPECIFICATIONS: Motor: 3/4 HP, 120/220VAC, 10A, 1PH Speed range – 360 to 2,100 RPM. Inboard Swing – 12″. Between Centers – 38″. Outboard Swing – 16″. Headstock Shaft: 1″ x 8TPI, #2MT, 5/8″ bore. Tailstock: 3″ travel, #2MT. Overall Dimensions: 45″H x 56″W x 15″D. Net/shipping wts – 334/439 lbs.

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Teknatool International Ltd

NOVA 1624 II 16 x 24″ 8 Speed Wood Lathe, Black (SKU 24221)

1624 II 16-inch x 24-inch wood Lathe is updated with a new look for 2017, with updated NOVA Black color and decals. Apart from the look, this model provides the same feature set as the very popular previous model. This Lathe offers a solid 1.5HP AC motor, 16″ swing capacity (expandable to 29″ capacity outboard with optional Outrigger accessory) and 24″ between centers, expandable in 20″ increments with the optional bed extension accessory. Excellent entry level Lathe that has enough versatility and power to give many years of turning. 8 speed range, from a low 215RPM through to a high of 3600RPM. Steel and cast iron stand included as standard equipment. Full swivel head functionality and solid cast iron components complete the package. Available in 11/4″8TPI thread. Includes 1.5HP AC motor, belt, stand, 2MT live center, 2MT spur/drive center, 3″ faceplate, 12′ toolrest, manual and fastenings. Note this unit replaces the older NOVA 1624 Lathe, all old accessories and parts are interchangeable. Designed by Teknatool International, innovating since 1955. Backed by a full replacement 2-year warranty on all parts, and a further 3-year limited warranty on all parts excluding motor, electronics, consumables, for a total of 5-Years limited warranty. Call our customer service center on 727-954-3433.

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PSI Woodworking Products

PSI Woodworking KWL-1018 Turncrafter Commander 10″ Multi-Speed Midi Lathe

Everything you’ve ever wanted in a multi-speed 10” midi lathe at a super affordable price. ETL Listed and certified by Intertek. Includes a bed with 18” turning capacity. Cast iron construction and a powerful 3/5HP ensure you years of trouble-free turning and excellent performance. This sturdy lathe will prove the work horse you need for all of your turning needs from pen turning through 10″ bowls. This 10″ work horse will help you more easily and effectively tackle all your turning projects. Five Speeds: 650, 1000, 1450, 2000, 3000 RPM. Headstock Thread is 1″ x 8tpi. Headstock and Tailstock Taper is #2MT. Distance between Centers is 18″. Swing over Bed is 10″. Tailstock and Spindle Bore is 3/8″. Quill Travel is 1-5/8″. (24) indexing positions with spindle locking. Included: tool storage rack, work light with 18″ flex cable, 6″ tool rest, 12″ tool rest, 3″ Faceplate, Spur Drive Center, Tailstock Live Center, Hex Wrench(set of 4), Rubber feet(4), Knockout Rod, Phillips Screw Driver, Tailstock handle & bolt, Safety Goggles. Cast Iron base accepts optional extension bed for turning projects up to 42″. Motor may run faster/slower.

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Colt & Riss Tool

Colt & Riss Tool SML-350 Stratos EVS Midi Lathe

With precision ground cast iron construction as the base of the unit we have created a well-balanced, very smooth running lathe with many beneficial features. From the most delicate miniature projects to the larger turnings and from the simplest beginner turning to the professional highly sophisticated works of art, the lathe will handle any smaller pen project, any mid-sized spindle or bowl and the largest high end vessel or longer spindle to a baseball bat, it can do the job. With an easy to change three pulley system and a high quality power inverter we are able to reach the RPM speed ranges of 80 to 800 RPM, 180 to 1800 RPM an finally 350 to 3700 RPM. The first range features lots of torque for spinning larger, out of balance pieces. The mid range should be used on symmetrical turnings for the majority of the turning and sanding and the high range for sanding and finishing work or melting some waxes and finished deep in to the grain. Because of the three wide speed ranges you will find no need to change the pulley in a single project but more likely to as the project sizes change.