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Axminster AWVSWL 1200 / Laguna 1847

Axminster AWVSWL 1200 / Laguna 1847

10-26-2012 12:02 PM by AlexHarris | 9 comments »

So you may remember that in my last shop tour I gave a quick mention to my new lathe the Axminster AWVSWL1200 which appears to me to be the same as the Laguna1847. A few of you have asked me for more detail and what i think of the lathe so here it is! It was quite a long article so check it out on my website: thiswoodwork.com Here is the link: http://thiswoodwork.com/axminster-awvswl1200-laguna-1847/

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Midi Lathe Duplicator Vega 8500 - Worth the price? maybe

Midi Lathe Duplicator Vega 8500 - Worth the price? maybe

10-25-2012 09:50 PM by Nick_R | 4 comments »

I have a delta midi lathe and have been using it for over a year now. I can get things done pretty quickly and have done quite a bit of turning, but one consistent problem has been duplication of pieces that is accurate… I have wanted to build a chess set and a duplicator is necessary. After much research I went with the Vega duplicator because it looked the most complete and easy to use. Not many knocks against it and most actually seems more than satisfied.. I ordered mine fr...

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initial thoughts upon assembling

initial thoughts upon assembling

10-02-2012 06:18 AM by Jimnl | 17 comments »

It looks like Nova needs a little more quality control. While assembling the stand, I cut myself on the leg braces. The edges on the cast iron are jagged and sharp on my unit. The cut wasn’t bad, but enough to make me stop putting the lathe together and take a file to all the cast iron edges. Hopefully tomorrow I will be able to get the motor attached and try it out. The pictures are from after I’ve filed the sharpest edges off.

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Awesome lathe

Awesome lathe

09-01-2012 01:23 AM by dpoisson | 1 comment »

A little about me and where I’m coming from. I’m a newbie turner. Having started just about a year ago or so. I mainly turn game calls. So I won’t be able to comments on this lathe’s ability to turn bigger pieces. I started with a mastercraft 12” lathe 1/3hp (reviewed here on LJ) with electronic variable speed. It did the job surprisingly well, although it lacked a bit of power. The thing that was a bummer with this lathe was that it only accepted MT1 accessor...

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Nova DVR XP lathe

Nova DVR XP lathe

07-18-2012 07:49 PM by Darell | 12 comments »

I’ve had my Nova DVR XP about 16 months and I guess it’s about time to post my review and let other LJ’s know how I like it. Well, I just Love it. For my crowded shop it’s the perfect heavy duty lathe. The DVR has a 16” swing and 24” between centers. It features a 1.75 hp at 115 v or 2.3 hp at 230 v. The DVR is a direct drive variable speed lathe with a speed range from 100 to 3500 rpm. #2 Morse Taper, 1.25×8 headstock threads. It features a 360...

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Great Lathe for Limited Room

Great Lathe for Limited Room

05-28-2012 03:54 PM by plantek | 5 comments »

I bought this lathe last February. Since then I have turned a bunch of pens and a few bowls/vessels.The lathe is great. I haven’t had any trouble with it bogging down. The reverse is big plus when it come to finishing.The variable speed is a must have.I have a couple of chucks to go with it (Nova G3 & Nova 2) which makes for versatility. I have the lathe on the stand also sold by Delta fitted with Rockler Workbench Casters which make moving it around the garage when not in use a br...

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Fantastic Machine

Fantastic Machine

04-04-2012 03:41 PM by reggle | 6 comments »

After looking around for a while i decided to opt for the AWVSL lathe.This is a graet lathe i have no problems with it yet.you get 440mm (17”) between centres or with the optional bed extension 965mm (38”).the Max Diameter over Bed is 240mm (9.45”).the only problem i have is the speed only gets as low as 650rpm bit to fast when turning big logs.apart from that its a great bit kit Key features Constructed from cast ironPowerful 375W(1/2hp) DC permanent magnet motorElec...

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Powermatic 4224 24" Lathe

Powermatic 4224 24" Lathe

04-04-2012 02:12 PM by Jon Spelbring | 12 comments »

I bought this used, and having used it for the past couple of months, I thought I’d post a review.For background, my first lathe was a Jet Mini. I turned on that for about a year, then wanted to do larger work, so I upgraded to a Nova DVR. Both of these are excellent lathes. I have become much more serious about turning, and I’m moving toward larger hollow forms, and large platters/bowls. When I decided to upgrade (again), I researched quite a few large lathes – Robust...

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It was the best of times, and the worst of times

It was the best of times, and the worst of times

04-03-2012 04:04 AM by usnasis | 10 comments »

This was not my first lathe- the first lathe I got was the $89 lathe reviewed here if you want more information. For a starter lathe it wasn’t bad but I was desperate for something a little more… more. The Delta 46-460 VS was a Christmas gift from my family (desperately needed to create my family’s Christmas gifts!) and compared to what I had been using, it was huge improvement. Right out of the box the VS control box was cracked and would have been unusable, except it turns...

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The big little lathe that couldn't...

The big little lathe that couldn't...

03-30-2012 02:48 PM by dpoisson | 12 comments »

In this review, I do a lot of comparing with the Mastercraft 12” lathe, because that’s the only other lathe I’ve ever used and that’s the one I was looking at replacing. I went to my local Rona (hardware store in Quebec City) during my lunch break and saw a lathe. Hmm, I thought. Interesting. It seemed well build (very well build actually: solid and uses an MT2 instead of MT1 like my mastercraft lathe, which, as I start buying accessories for my lathe, seems to now ...

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