Exploring Lathe Styles

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Mini-Micro Lathes

Mini/Micro Lathes

The smallest lathes in the lineup – the mini/micro lathes – are lightweight benchtop units, which are perfect for smaller turning projects such as bottle stoppers, ornaments, ice cream scoops and, of course, pens. These lathes are perfect starter lathes for the woodworker or hobbyist that is looking to get into turning but wants the convenience of a lathe that can be transported and stored easily.

Common features are:

  • Maximum Turning Diameter: 10" or Less
  • Maximum Distance Between Centers: 20" or Less
  • Horsepower: 1/2 HP or Lower
  • Speed Ranges: 5 or 6 Speeds Using Step Pulley
  • Bed Construction: Cast Iron or Steel
  • Weight: Typically less than 70 lbs.
Midi Lathes

Midi Lathes

These lathes are relatively new to the scene and are quickly becoming the most popular style, and for good reason. Midi lathes combine the power and performance of a full-size lathe with the size convenience of a mini lathe. With optional bed extensions, these lathes can provide the turning capacity of a full-size floor model.

Common features: 

  • Maximum Turning Diameter: 12"
  • Maximum Distance Between Centers: 20"
  • Horsepower: 1 HP
  • Speed Ranges: Variable Speed With 3 Speed Ranges Using Step Pulley
  • Bed Construction: Cast Iron  
  • Weight: Typically Between 100 lbs. – 125 lbs.
Full-Size Lathes

Full-Size Lathes

For the serious woodturner, there is no other option. Everything a turner needs or wants in a lathe can be found in a full-size lathe. Power, turning capacity and weight distribution – the sky’s the limit!  

Common features: 

  • Maximum Turning Diameter: 14" and Up 
  • Maximum Distance Between Centers: 20" or More
  • Horsepower: 1-1/2 HP  up to 5 HP
  • Speed Ranges: Variable Speeds or Multi Speeds using Step Pulley
  • Bed Construction: Cast Iron or Steel
  • Weight: Typically 175 lbs. up to 1,000 lbs.

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