If you’re in the market for an inexpensive wood lathe we’re taking a look at the best lathes at different price points.
Risky territory here. If you have less than 100$ to spend but you need to do some woodturning there’s not a lot of great options. Still if you have a drill press or even a hand power drill there’s a few things to look at.
#1 Shop Fox D4088 Lathe Attachment for drill press
This kit from Shop Fox will let you adapt your drill press into a vertical wood lathe. It comes with a 12″ toolrest and required centers. How much you can get out of this set depends on what kind of drill press you have. This is a decent option if you have a pressing need to do some woodturning, but don’t want to invest much money, but for anything else I would suggest stepping up to a benchtop lathe. Can be had for less than 50 bucks on amazon.
If you’re in the market for a large wood lathe we’re going to compare several different popular models from top manufacturers and provide an in depth look at the feature sets and specs of each one.
We’ll be looking at lathes that have swings of at least 16″ and more than 32″ center to center. Tools of this size tend to include motors at least 1.5 HP and in most cases there are extensions available if you need something with a bit more length. If you’re looking for something smaller you might be interested in this summary of mini wood lathes.
The full size wood lathes we’ll be looking at today are the W1758 by Shop Fox, the JWL 1642EVS from Jet Tools, the Powermatic 3520B and the Nova 1624-44 . These four lathes offer a lot of different features and cover a wide range of prices, so there should be a good fit for anyone. Continue reading
The Powermatic 3520B has a lot of features that any woodturner wood love to have in a lathe. And really there’s not a lot to dislike. Here’s the nitty gritty on this lathe:
- The Powermatic 3520B lathe
The TCL10VS commander from PSI woodworking is a very nice little lathe. It has a great feature set for the money and solid construction. While PSI might not have the brand reputation of some of the other major players they do offer a lot of value, and the reviews on this particular lathe have been quite positive.
The PSI TCLC10VS Commander wood lathe
Are you looking for a small wood lathe? We’ll look at four lathes from different manufacturers and compare them in terms of size and weight, motor, features and price.
First off what is a mini lathe? Different people will tell you different things, but for our purposes we’re going to stick with lathes that have less than 12″ of clearance over the bed, less than 18″ center to center and motors smaller than 1 HP. Anything bigger than that we’ll call a midi lathe instead.