Mini Lathes

We found 3 great machines priced from $225 to $1,550.
By Judy Ditmer & Kara Gebhart
Pages: 76-79

From the December 2004 issue #145
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Mini lathes, which used to be a tool for crafters, have evolved into capable, powerful machines. Most manufacturers now offer a mini, midi or maxi version of their full-size lathe. And most woodworkers have one or want one.

The market is diverse. You can spend $160 or as much as $1,550 and still be in the so-called mini lathe category. The premium Oneway aside, all the lathes we tested have 1⁄2 hp motors. All provide adequate power and torque for basic turning and have a 10″ swing. Differences arise when examining their moving parts.

From the December 2004 issue #145
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