Fantastic Machine

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Review by reggle posted 04-04-2012 03:41 PM 5539 views 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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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 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 iron
Powerful 375W(1/2hp) DC permanent magnet motor
Electronic speed control
Speed range from 650rpm to 3,800rpm
Digital screen shows spindle speed

Spindle Taper: 2MT
Spindle Thread: 1” x 8TPI (Ref T04M)
Weight: 38kg

-- reggle/england/Nothing like a good piece of hickory

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#1 posted 04-04-2012 05:23 PM

Forget a lathe, I’m admiring that “The Beast” logo! :)

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#2 posted 04-04-2012 11:04 PM

Thanks for the review! I can never get enough!

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#3 posted 04-05-2012 08:09 PM

It’s interesting to see how many brands utilize that exact same casting – your Axminster, JET, Harbor Freight, I believe Grizzly and Penn State as well. I like the digital readout feature on yours, too. I know the Harbor Freight is only a number one morse taper – it would be interesting to see a little shootout of all these brands.

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#4 posted 04-24-2012 01:33 AM

Thanks for the review! Love the “The beast” logo also… my boyfriend wants to write it down too now!
I was wondering in what store you bought that? I live in Quebec and I’m having a hard time finding a good lathe.. thanks!

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#5 posted 04-24-2012 05:02 PM

i brought from a shop called axminister

-- reggle/england/Nothing like a good piece of hickory

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#6 posted 06-06-2012 03:07 PM

reggle, are you in england or did you rewire it to run off north american voltage/amps?

JPoitras, I’m from quebec as well (Quebec City actually), read my review of the haussman xpert lathe (stay clear!).


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#7 posted 11-13-2014 12:23 AM

I’ve had mine for about 6 months now (I bought it “used”) & what a great little lathe they are. Also, if you need any spare parts (I recently replaced the speed control unit. The magnetic switch gave up, but it was cheaper to buy the complete control unit than just a replacement switch!!) just give them a call. They are SO HELPFUL!

-- Keith, Norfolk England. Why Burn it when you can Turn it??!!

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