1236SD Lathe - Fine Woodworking Tool Review
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1236SD Lathe

Oneway Manufacturing - 1236SD Lathe

The new Oneway lathe works as a conventional stand-up machine, but it also can be rotated 90° and used while sitting

$2,900 (As of 7/1/2008)

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Editor's Review: Tool Test: Heavy-Duty Lathes

by Andy Barnum

review date: July 1, 2008

A new lathe from Oneway, model 1236SD, works as a conventional stand-up machine, but uniquely, it also can be rotated 90° and used while sitting. I tested the lathe while recovering from back surgery.

Using a rolling stool, I found the sit-while-you-turn experience to be surprisingly comfortable. Wheelchair users should as well. In fact, I’d consider sit-down turning even if my back was problem-free.

A jackscrew lets you raise or lower the 485-lb. lathe to a comfortable height just by cranking a wrench.

When sitting, though, as I quickly learned, there is one extra step: You need to regularly clear shavings from your lap.

Thanks to a 1-hp motor, the lathe had plenty of power and the electronic controls were smooth and efficient. The headstock has heavy-duty ball-bearings and a 24-position index.

To shift from stand-up to sit-down mode took two minutes at most. I just had to loosen two knobs at each end of the lathe and change out the tool-rest bases.

When turning a bowl, the tool rest had a somewhat limited range, so it had to be moved frequently. The 1236SD sells for around $2,900. For more information, go to www.oneway.ca or call 800-565-7288.

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Editor Test Results:

Stability of Base N/A

Manufacturer Specifications

Manufacturer Oneway Manufacturing
Manufacturer's Web Site www.oneway.ca
Manufacturer's Phone Number 800-565-7288
Taper Size No. 2 Morse Taper
Distance Between Centers 36 in.
Maximum Swing 12 in.
Outboard Turning Option Yes
Faceplate Included Yes
Speed Variable in two ranges: 0 to 1200 rpm and 0 to 4500 rpm
Horsepower 1 hp
Amps N/A
Volts 110 v

My very first large lathe. I am 71 and have back problems so I thought it would be a good idea. It works fine. I still do most of my turning standing but when I hurt, I put on the special toolrest holder and turn sitting. Requires shorter handled tools and you can't use a hollowing device like the Jamieson. It needs weight as it tries to walk out the door. I put concrete slabs on the angled lower front metal piece and draped them with sand bags. Seems to work well until you start vibrating. I will epoxy stops to the floor in front of the lathe and it will stay still. Belt cover vibrates a little. I put some cushioning in and it is quiet. All in all, a nice invention for us old guys. Beware, it is made in Canada and everything is metric.

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