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12 in. x 33-3/8 in. 3/4 HP Wood Lathe with Reversible Head

Central-Machinery 34706 12'' x 33-3/8'' Wood Lathe with Reversible Head

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Turn high quality woodworking projects with this wood lathe

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Product Overview
Description
This high quality wood lathe is ideal for crafts, hobbies and professional woodworking! The 3/4 HP motor on this CSA listed lathe reaches speeds of up to 2,400 RPM for quick and precise turning and facing on your wood projects. Features include a pivoting headstock to allow extra-large bowl turning capacity.
  • Pivoting headstock for extra-large bowl turning capacity
  • Headstock rotates and locks in position at 45°, 90°, 135° and 180°
  • Swing over bed: 12 in.
  • Variable speeds: 600-2400 RPM
  • Turning distance between centers: 33-3/8 in.
  • CSA Listed
  • Overweight Item subject to $89.95 additional Freight Charge
  • An additional lift-gate charge may apply.
Specifications
Name 12 in. x 33-3/8 in. 3/4 HP Wood Lathe with Reversible Head
SKU 34706
Brand Central Machinery
Amperage (amps) 6
Application Belt
Certification CSA
Distance between centers (in.) 33-3/8 in.
Horsepower (hp) 3/4
Maximum speed (rpm) 2400 RPM
Minimum Speed (RPM) 600
Number of speeds 10
Phase Single
Tailstock taper MT2
Product Height 45-1/2 in.
Product Length 5 ft.
Product Width 15 in.
Shipping Weight 175.00 lb.
Spindle size (in.) 1 in.
Travel length (in.) 2-1/4 in.
Accessories Included Stand, tool rest, drive center, 6 in. disc, and Allen wrenches
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Central-Machinery12 in. x 33-3/8 in. 3/4 HP Wood Lathe with Reversible Head
 
3.9

(based on 127 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (53)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (41)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (10)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (9)

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    (14)

82%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (51)
  • Durable (29)
  • Good design (29)
  • Good power output (23)
  • Safe (20)

Cons

  • Poor design (13)
  • Underpowered (9)

Best Uses

  • Home use (50)
  • Professional use (16)
  • Big jobs (9)
  • Bowls (5)
  • Spindles (5)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Avid do-it-yourselfer (59), Casual do-it-yourselfer (16), Professional (14), Beginner (7)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Awesome, best lathe for the $$$ going

I added this to my shop recently, and it makes number 4 that I have owned and the third currently in my shop.
I was looking at a similar machine that was slightly...Read complete review

I added this to my shop recently, and it makes number 4 that I have owned and the third currently in my shop.
I was looking at a similar machine that was slightly larger and 5 times the price, and ended up with this after going to a HF store and looking it over and being very impressed with what I was getting for the money.
I have added some weight to the machine for extra stability, though it did fine without it.

I haven't had any of the issues mentioned by others, though I knew to lube the inner workings as I have another lathe that has a similar drive system. As for the tool rest, it works great and holds without any issue, though I don't crank it super tight either.

I HIGHLY recommend this lathe if you don't want to spend a ton to get a very useable product.

I will say that I have another lathe that cost more than double what this did, and it doesn't produce better turnings.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Decent starter lathe

I've had this lathe for 3 years and put hundreds of hours on it. I have turned everything from salad bowls (offset) to pens on it. At first I missed the hand wheel...Read complete review

I've had this lathe for 3 years and put hundreds of hours on it. I have turned everything from salad bowls (offset) to pens on it. At first I missed the hand wheel and the quick access to a sanding (or tool tip touch up) disc some of the other models have mounted on the far side of the headstock, but then realized that once I moved up from the sewing machine types to the big boys, I had to give some of those up.. now I don't even notice them!

Pros: decent power for size, inexpensive initial cost, fast and solid adjustments, quiet, fits in the garage well, paint holds up well, finish and fit are good, the hollow shafts on head and tail stock allow the use of some higher end tools. The heavy cast iron bed really helps hold this in place while you work, and you won't warp or bend the bed rails like in some VERY CHEAP other brands.
The optional parts selection for this lathe is pretty slim through HF. I had to go online and find some of other MFGS to fit. Fortunately the 1"x8 TPI thread is pretty common so you should be able to find what you want. Keep in mind the initial low cost of this lathe will allow you to buy some of the more expensive toys to go along with it!!!

Cons: If you break a belt, order (because the stores don't carry them) both a new one AND a set of the variable speed pullys. These incredibly cheap castings warp and crack if you look at them wrong. Seriously, I dropped one on my shoe and it broke. You WILL break one the first time you have to mess with the innards. Keep looking for a "how-to" guide to change these out, as I have not found one yet.

The cooling air intake for the motor is directly under the working area. All the sawdust and shavings get sucked into the motor, and causes heating which shortens the life. Really poor design-which for some reason they use on their other lathes, too! Blowing it out regularly with a leaf blower helps, but I solved the problem by attaching a short section of air conditioning vent- it extended the intake towards the tail stock to get it out of the dust zone.

The adjustment handles on the locking setscrews for the tool rest are dismal. After snapping off or stripping 3, I just replaced the handle and screw with a hex bolt and keep the matching box wrench hanging from the stand. Works fine, now.

It took a little tweaking to get the points of both head and tail stock to match up perfectly, but that is to be expected.

To date: (Keep in mind I've had this for about 3 years and use it most weekends) I have had to replace 2 sets of pullys, 2 belts, one plastic tail stock hand wheel (that was MY fault), the power switch (sawdust got in it), the locking setscrews for the tool rest, the locking bolt assembly for the headstock (OK-I tried to offset turn a piece of 10" knotty oak and the "catching chatter" broke the cast iron motor mounting brackets-had to buy an entire new motor assembly-cast mounts couldn't be welded.) On the good side again, the parts I needed were all fairly inexpensive and drop shipped pretty quickly.

Would I do it again? Sure, absolutely, in a second. I recommend this lathe for the average Joe (or Jane) and have taught many people how to turn wood on it. Other than the poor quality adjusting lock handles (I recommend throwing them away right out of the box and putting hex bolts in), I was more than 100 hours into the lathe before I had ANY of those other problems, and I have to admit I demand a LOT out of my lathes (got both this one and their mini lathe), probly much more than 90% of you out there. I think for the casual hobbyist, this is a great way to determine whether or not you really like turning, and takes you a step up from the mini or pen lathes. I routinely turn 6 inch wide bowls and 18 inch long shafts, and feel you will be hard pressed to find a better machine for the price.

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5.0

Great machine

By LES815

from Richmond, IL

About Me Beginner

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        Comments about Central-Machinery 12 in. x 33-3/8 in. 3/4 HP Wood Lathe with Reversible Head:

        Purchased this lathe about a month ago. I made a mistake of installing 3" wheel on each of four lags. As I vacuumed the machine moving it around the lathe fell over in slow motion! I caught it and the weight was over whelming as I was on the opposite topside of the fall to the floor...it about pulled me over. The problem is 2 fold: the welds on the foot of each leg are very poor with soft metal. The second is if the wheels become aligned parallel to the lathe it will fall. Lucky I stopped a hard crash and the a 3" vac hose softened the motor case as it hit! No problem no damage after I picked up the machine. (my ego was hurt LOL)
        I next used the H.F. Tool Base #95288 and made middle and lower shelves where I can put sand bags on the bottom and tools on the middle shelve. I next attached 3/8" plywood across the legs side and back with 1/4" bolts and it very stable now.
        As a beginner in turning I think this is a very good machine for me so far. The comments from other owners really helps (thank you all). I would like to know if anyone has ideas on the attachment of a hand wheel on the headstock side ..Looks like 12 mm 12 TPI thread odd size where the push rod goes (need to know the thread pitch).
        I also used four H.F. magnets #67488 to hold air condition filer material over the motor vent.

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        5.0

        Really like the lathe it works great

        By Tim

        from Enid,Oklahoma

        About Me Beginner

        Verified Buyer

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              Comments about Central-Machinery 12 in. x 33-3/8 in. 3/4 HP Wood Lathe with Reversible Head:

              I wish I had been smart enough to have bought the lathe sooner,It does a fantastic job

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              5.0

              Great lathe for the price

              By Red

              from Memphis, Tn

              About Me Professional

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                    Comments about Central-Machinery 12 in. x 33-3/8 in. 3/4 HP Wood Lathe with Reversible Head:

                    I bought this lathe from a friend of mine because he did not have room for it. I got into turning this year. I have talked to other wood turners and most of them recommend a different lathe. I have turned bowls, vases, lamps, small candy dishes, and gouge handles. This lathe is the best I have seen for the money. I am looking a turning a 20" x 6" platter soon. If i had room i would probably buy another one. This will probably happen next year since I will be making this my secondary job.

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                    (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Great Lathe for bowls

                    By TJT Handyworks

                    from Redwood Coast, California

                    About Me Avid Do-It-Yourselfer

                    See all my reviews

                    Pros

                    • Parts Availability
                    • Price
                    • Quiet
                    • Versatility

                    Cons

                    • No Reverse

                    Best Uses

                    • Bowls
                    • Spindles
                    • Turning

                    Comments about Central-Machinery 12 in. x 33-3/8 in. 3/4 HP Wood Lathe with Reversible Head:

                    Great Lathe and easy to get parts and service.

                    A friend was moving and didn't want to move his lathe so he gave it to me. It had been left in a outdoor lean-to type shed and had some surface rust. I took it home and cleaned it up and found the pulleys had broken. I searched online for parts and got frustrated. I finally called Harbor Freight, and they had the parts in stock and quite reasonable! I should have called them first. This lathe purrs like a kitten. Smooth, quiet, and stable.

                    This is my second lathe (my first was an old Crafts man) and I am very pleased with it. I have made over 50 bowls and other projects on it ranging in size from small 1" ornaments, to 12" hardwood salad bowls.

                    Best upgrade is a Baracudda 2 chuck. It makes turning so much more fun.
                    I also built a shelf on the legs to give them a little more support.

                    Great lathe!, Great customer service!

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                    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    more for your money

                    By friedrice

                    from albany or

                    About Me Casual Do-It-Yourselfer

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                          Comments about Central-Machinery 12 in. x 33-3/8 in. 3/4 HP Wood Lathe with Reversible Head:

                          this lathe works really well. having the ability to rotate the head stock is really helpful, you would pay twice the price anywhere else for this option.

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                          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          more bang for your buck

                          By papaw's tom

                          from wisconsin

                          About Me Avid Do-It-Yourselfer

                          Pros

                          • Great Value
                          • Great Value Durable Dep

                          Cons

                          • Stand Needs To Be Stronge

                          Best Uses

                          • Craft
                          • Hobby

                          Comments about Central-Machinery 12 in. x 33-3/8 in. 3/4 HP Wood Lathe with Reversible Head:

                          On sale and 20% off it is the best lathe I could ask for. Tails stock needed shim and reinforced stand with 2x and osb.Do not crank down on any of the lock down screws,they are a little cheap. Other than that, I've been running fairly steady for three years now and no problem.I just got a replacement belt from Motion Ind. as the original is wearing a bit.only 4.00. Get a good chuck and add chisels to the good HF set.Woodcraft or Rockler. Check the belt and pulley regularly and blow the dust out Lithium grease pulley.

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                          (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          Great lathe

                          By Dave

                          from Vermont

                          About Me Avid Do-It-Yourselfer

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                                Comments about Central-Machinery 12 in. x 33-3/8 in. 3/4 HP Wood Lathe with Reversible Head:

                                This lathe is well worth the money. I had a delta lathe in the past, which was comparable to this lathe, but it cost twice as much as this one. For the price you can't beat it. Time will tell, if it last as long as my Delta then this is probably the best deal I ever got. Motor works well, changes speeds smooothly, and I didn't change the belt yet as others suggested. Quality is as good as any of the big names, just not the big price. Same lathe as the Jet lathe, just different name on it.

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                                (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                                 
                                5.0

                                I Love It!!!!

                                By Herb

                                from Astoria, Oregon (beautiful Oregon Coast)

                                About Me Avid Do-It-Yourselfer

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                                      Comments about Central-Machinery 12 in. x 33-3/8 in. 3/4 HP Wood Lathe with Reversible Head:

                                      I use this lathe to turn surf found drift wood into different items. From small lidded containers to larger ones. Uses for the containers range from pocket pill holders to lip balm holders to dresser top jewelry holder. It's never seemed under powered, always does what I expect. I added the ONEWAY lathe chuck, and wow!, it made life much easier and the types of uses grew exponentially.
                                      It's EASY to operate, and works like a much more expensive lathe does. I've since purchases a JET lathe, and I work between the two of them all the time. If you want to buy a reasonably priced lathe, this one should work just fine. Another feature I like is the ability to find add-ons. It's 1" 8tpi spindle makes adding those add ons a breeze! Wait for a sale price, then add the 20% additional off offer. Can't beat it for the money. Thanks HARBOR FREIGHT!!!!

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                                      5.0

                                      #1 tool in my shop love this lathe

                                      By frogman

                                      from Hodges, Alabama

                                      About Me Avid Do-It-Yourselfer

                                      Pros

                                      • Great Tool For Any Shop

                                      Cons

                                      • None Whatsoever

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Turning Anything

                                      Comments about Central-Machinery 12 in. x 33-3/8 in. 3/4 HP Wood Lathe with Reversible Head:

                                      Had this lathe about a year, strong and powerful,very sturdy,and best of all SMOOTH.I have turned everything from bowls to bats candle holders to stair rails no problems whatsoever. People take time to learn this machine its a lot of fun and a great moneymaker. The more you use it the better you get. Thank you Harbor Freight for a great product.Bought a chuck for it and now no wood in my shop is safe its going to get TURNED.

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                                      5.0

                                      Great Lathe!

                                      By Larry

                                      from St. Louis

                                      About Me Avid Do-It-Yourselfer

                                      Pros

                                      • Easy To Set Up
                                      • Easy To Use
                                      • Great Price
                                      • High Quality

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                        • Make Round From Square

                                        Comments about Central-Machinery 12 in. x 33-3/8 in. 3/4 HP Wood Lathe with Reversible Head:

                                        The first lathe I've ever had. I set it up and just started using it. Very easy to operate. Smooth cuts. I still need to learn more but on this machine it will be easy to learn. Solid bed of cast iron has good stability and will hold alignment. Quiet enough that I can use it while my wife sleeps at night. Assembly was easy enough I did it my self with NO help. I plan on using this lathe a lot for making anything I need. Grizzly dose have the chuck for it too at a reasonable price.

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