Tuesday 29 January 2013
The AT1628VS is part of the Axminster Trade Series range making it an ideal choice for serious, production woodturners. The quality and performance of this lathe is so impressive that it is now replacing many of the lathes in the Axminster Skill Centre.
It is supplied as a bench top model with the option to add a leg stand if desired. Both lathe and leg stand are made of heavy cast iron construction to minimise vibration. It features electronic variable speed supplied via an inverter with two speed ranges for maximum torque at low speeds. The advantage of variable speed is that the lathe can be fine tuned to suit the type of work being turned. This is especially important when turning large or out of balance workpieces and is convenient for fast speed changes. Spindle indexing is at 5° intervals and a magnetic control console with start/stop, speed control and forward/reverse can be conveniently positioned for the work in hand. Spindle thread is M33x3.5mm and the lathe weighs 96kg.
Everything about this lathe feels just right, with cam-lock action of the tool rest banjo and tailstock, all controls work smoothly and effortlessly. A swivelling headstock can be useful, especially if bench mounting the lathe and it will also slide along to the tailstock end of the bed. This allows the turning of larger diameter bowls and platters off the end of the bed and increases the capacity considerably.
A 460mm bed extension kit is available as an optional extra and this can be bolted onto either end of the lathe bed. If you have the lathe fitted to the cast iron leg stand, it can be attached in a lower position offering an impressive 875mm swing over the bed. This is achieved by moving the tool rest banjo down onto the bed extension and fitting the tool rest extension post which is supplied with the bed extension kit.
If you are serious about your woodturning and want lathe that offers excellent performance, features and value, this lathe would be a sound choice.
Prices: AT1628VS lathe - Â£1,259.50; Bed extension kit - Â£160; Leg stand - Â£275.50 (prices inc VAT)
Contact: Axminster Tool Centre
Tel: 03332 406 406
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