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