GENERAL INTL Variable speed MAXI-LATHE Model# 25-200 M1 REVIEW

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Review by brian watts posted 09-13-2013 09:25 PM 11347 views 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
GENERAL INTL Variable speed MAXI-LATHE Model# 25-200 M1   REVIEW GENERAL INTL Variable speed MAXI-LATHE Model# 25-200 M1   REVIEW No-picture-s Click the pictures to enlarge them

For one, it’s at least 50 lbs heavier than others — and extra cast-iron is always a benefit for lathes. Mass soaks up vibration, which translates into smoother, steadier cuts. A heavy lathe is also less prone to do the jitterbug across your bench——————————————————————-Inboard, this lathe offers comparable swing (meaning the largest diameter you can turn) to the competition, but there’s a twist: you can unlock the headstock and spin it around to do larger outboard turnings. That function adds another 7? or so of capacity for turning bowls up to 16-5?8? round. The lathe comes with a bed extension and longer tool-rest post to accommodate this outboard work. I tried the rig out on a 13?-diameter blank with good results. The tool-rest base was a little tricky to tighten down, but the lathe was stable otherwise and worked fine.——————————————————————————————————This machine has digital readout, so you can determine precise speed settings. The 3/4 hp motor is located high on the headstock instead of under the bed to enable the swiveling function. That placement also keeps the motor clear of debris, shortens the drive belt for improved power transfer and makes the belt easy to change. All nice plusses. I wish the pulley door had a quality latch instead of a Phillips screw, though.. —————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————-this is the first review I have done so be easy on me if I have forgot… I GOT THIS LATHE ABOUT 1.5 YR AGO for me I really wanted something different if I could find something this lathe fit the bill. one thing that sold me on this was you can turn the head 360 like the bigger lathe . I donot turns many bowl BUT if I wanted to I could turn outboard . the other smaller one you cannot do this . I had a HF lathe that DONE just fine for 3 yrs heck I did not want to but another lathe for MANY yrs and think I got a very good now. I really wanted a sweet 16 lathe but I had to wish on.hehe just cannot spend that kind of money.the reason I wanted to post here because I look here and did not see anything about this lathe to look at if other people are looking at this lathe to buy . go ahead your will not reget it for sure. if anyone has question about the lathe feel free to p.m. I try my best to answer them. here a few pic I took today making some calls


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#1 posted 09-14-2013 08:29 AM

Looks like a great lathe with ample power and well designed. I suggest you make a handle for that phillips screw to make it easier to open the latch.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#2 posted 09-14-2013 11:47 AM

yea I hear you I got my belt in the middle goes from 600 or so to 1800 rpm that were I turn all my stuff.


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#3 posted 10-24-2014 10:34 PM

thank you for the review this is the lathe i hope to get by xmas

-- Robert Ajax Ont. keep on turning

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