Woodturning Lathe with 1/2hp High Torque Induction Motor
Rutlands Part No. DK6730
• Ultra quiet 1/2hp high torque induction motor
• Precision machined heavy cast iron construction
• Stepped pulleys provide five spindle speeds between 760 and 3200rpm
• Bowl turning capacity of 240mm and a spindle capacity of 440mm
• Main drive spindle has industry standard 1" x 8tpi thread
• Headstock and tailstock feature No 2 morse tapers
• Supplied with a four prong centre, 75mm face plate for bowl turning...
revolving centre and 150mm cast iron tool rest
• 3 year manufacturer's warranty
Weighing in at 37kg the headstock, tailstock and bed of this woodturning lathe are constructed of heavy cast iron that has been precision machined for accuracy. The 1/2 hp high torque induction motor runs extremely quietly and has more than enough power to turn large diameter projects without stalling. By moving the poly v belt on the stepped pulleys, five spindle speeds between 760 and 3200rpm can be achieved. This allows for a bowl turning capacity of 240mm and a spindle capacity of 440mm between centres. This lathe also has the advantage that as the wood turners skill develops the lathe can also develop, by simply adding the optional DK6731 bed extension kit. This cast iron bed extension kit provides for up to 965mm between centres, allowing for the turning of standard lamps, stair spindle or chair legs.
Despite the relatively low price I was expecting
a little better from this machine. The main issue I have found is lack of torque when turning larger pieces and overall quality of components . This lathe just feels budget and I found myself wishing I had invested more. For the price it's an OK hobby machine but you do get what you pay for as is the case here.
Written By:Nigel Wild
Excellent service - ordered 8 April, delivered SW France 13 April for only £15. Very pleased with the lathe, well designed, well made, centres match exactly, whisper quiet, vibration-free. Instruction book is very poor, numbers do not match parts, speeds in wrong order, no explanation of some parts. I am looking forward to learning the art of woodturning.
Written By:Valma Mcgraw
A cracking small lathe for the money. Very smooth, hardly a sound from it and accurate enough for any job. Slightly lacking oomph for larger work but that's not it's job anyway. You can't go wrong with this one.
Written By:A Wright
I bouht this as a spare lathe to do demos and make pens on to supplement my fixed lathe in the workshop. it's a grat bit of kit, quiet and sturdy. Would highly reccommend
Written By:Geoff Feehan
this is an excellent product. easy to use, highly recommended, but the instruction book seems to be back to front. needs some common sense. could do with rewriting. lets lathe down.
part numbers are incorrect and speed instructions back to front. love the actual lathe.
Written By:Allan Hamlen
I recently purchased this lathe to start turning again as I wanted to expand my small woodcraft shop. The build quality is very acceptable for a lathe of this price and it's a dream to operate. No problems at all and would recommend it. Great value for money!
Written By:J K
Similar to the other reviewer I bought an electronic variable speed lathe and had nothing but problems with the switch. Some days it would work other it wouldn't. The retailer refunded me after trying three new switches and I went and bought this lathe. I have just completed a set of goblets from 5" x 10" Bubinga sections and the lathe has performed admirably. Simplicity is the best solution.
Written By:Jamie Holt
Recommended this lathe by a friend who has been turning for 20 years. Arrived in two very heavy boxes. Bed with motor, pulley and switch in one box (all set up), and tail stock, head and saddle in another. Took roughly 1/2 hour to assemble. Like others say very quiet and large rubber feet absorb and dissipate what vibration there is - which is negligible. Very please.
Written By:A Martin
Very good, reliable lathe that will give you hours of enjoyment. Super quiet and no vibration. Excellent.
Written By:Paul Cantrel
I bought this lathe having had repeat problems with an electronic variable speed lathe of a similar size. My advice is buy the mechanical step pulley version and eliminate the risk of electrical failures. Electronic PCB boards and dust don't like each other.
Written By:Robin K
My local wood turning club have 3 of these lathes permanently set up. One is fitted with the bed extension. They are very solid and really smooth running. You don't even need to bolt them down. Changing speeds is a bit fiddly as you need to raise the motor with one hand to slacken the tension off and then move the belt onto the next pulley level.Secret is to wedge a piece of wood under the motor to give you two free hands. We have just placed another order for two more - so that tells you what we think!