Tool Test: Heavy-Duty Benchtop Lathes
With more muscle and mass than ever, one of these midsize models could be the first and last lathe you’ll need
We test the new breed of midsize benchtop lathes, which have beefier castings, larger motors, and more swing over the bed than older midi-lathes. For furniture makers, these machines are more than adequate. And they supply enough torque and mass to satisfy many turners, too. Models tested include the Delta 46-460, Penn State Turncrafter Commander, General Int’l 25-200M1, General Int’l 25-114M1, and Jet JWL-1220.
Correction: PDF updated 10/2010 to fix an error in manufacturer names. Two of the lathes tested are by General Int’l not General.
From Fine Woodworking #215