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Own a Lathe Christened by Richard Raffan

comments (0) October 15th, 2013 in blogs

Ed_Pirnik Ed Pirnik, Senior Web Producer
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Own the Vicmarc lathe used by Richard Raffan in a recent Fine Woodworking video shoot.
Richard Raffan (L) is at Fine Woodworkings editorial offices shooting a series of turning videos for the entire week. Heres your opportunity to purchase the lathe seen in this photograph.
Own the Vicmarc lathe used by Richard Raffan in a recent Fine Woodworking video shoot. - CLICK TO ENLARGE

Own the Vicmarc lathe used by Richard Raffan in a recent Fine Woodworking video shoot.

UPDATE - October 17, 2013, 3:00pm EST: Pending payment, Richard Raffan's lathe has been sold.



All this week, Fine Woodworking is shooting a series of videos with celebrated turner Richard Raffan. When we began pre-production planning for all these videos, we were able to secure a new Vicmarc VL150 lathe for Richard to use on-camera. Woodworkers Emporium of Las Vegas, Nevada graciously provided us with the lathe but before we send it back to the desert, we've been given the opportunity to put the machine up for sale to readers at a discounted price. This is the exact lathe Richard used in the production of an upcoming DVD on Turning Toys, as well as a series of short videos on turning technique set to debut online in the coming months.


Own Richard's Vicmarc Lathe

The Vicmarc VL150 retails for $2,295.00 however, owing to the fact that it's slightly used, Woodworkers Emporium is offering it up to Fine Woodworking readers at a discount of just over 12%. That means, you can purchase the Vicmarc for $2,000.00 plus shipping. Of course, you can save on shipping if you're able to pick up the lathe yourself at our editorial offices in Newtown, CT.


To make things more interesting, we're going to have Richard sign the lathe before he departs for Australia at the conclusion of this week's shoot.


Contact Us for More Information

If you're interested in purchasing Richard's Vicmarc lathe as seen in the photos above, please send an email to and write "Richard's Lathe" in the subject line. The lathe will be available until Friday, October 25, 2013. Woodworkers Emporium will be handling the transaction as with any other piece of machinery they sell, but the lathe will be shipped from Fine Woodworking's editorial office in Newtown, CT.


*NOTE: Fine Woodworking will receive no financial remuneration for the sale of this lathe. We simply thought it would be an exciting opportunity for a reader.




About the Vicmarc VL150

The VL150 SM EVS provides up to 150% torque on low RPM, spindle speeds from 12-3500 rpm and a 0.75kW Motor.
Features include new and improved headstock indexing pin, pivoting headstock door, larger handbrake and tailstock handwheels, larger motor and headstock pulleys for greater torque transmission and a magnetic door latch to make belt changing faster and more convenient.

Specifications (converted from millimeters to inches)

Center Height: 5.9-in.
Swing Over Bed: 11.8-in.
Distance Between Centers: 13.8-in.
Work Height (Stand Bottom to Spindle Center): 19.5-in.
Indexing Holes: 24
Headstock & Tailstock Spindle: No. 2 MT
Spindle Bearings: Taper Roller
3 Speeds: EVS 12-3500 rpm
Quill Travel: 2.6-in.
Net Weight: 137 lbs.
Length x Width x Height: 29.9-in. x 13.8-in. x 24.4

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