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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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Central-Machinery - item#34706
Turn high quality woodworking projects with this wood lathe

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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.
Headstock taper Yes
Horsepower (hp) 3/4
Maximum speed (rpm) 2400 RPM
Minimum Speed (RPM) 600
Number of locking positions 4
Number of speeds 10
Phase Single
Tailstock taper MT2
Variable speeds (RPM) 600, 750, 910, 1080, 1260, 1460, 1680, 1910, 2150, 2400
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'' disc, and Allen wrenches
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Central-Machinery12'' x 33-3/8'' Wood Lathe with Reversible Head
 
3.9

(based on 121 reviews)

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    (39)

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    (10)

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    (13)

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 (57), Casual do-it-yourselfer (15), Professional (13), Beginner (5)

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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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Lathe for bowls

By TJT Handyworks

from Redwood Coast, California

About Me Avid Do-It-Yourselfer

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Pros

  • Parts Availability
  • Price
  • Quiet
  • Versatility

Cons

  • No Reverse

Best Uses

  • Bowls
  • Spindles
  • Turning

Comments about Central-Machinery 12'' x 33-3/8'' 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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(1 of 1 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'' x 33-3/8'' 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'' x 33-3/8'' 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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        (3 of 3 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'' x 33-3/8'' 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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              (2 of 2 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'' x 33-3/8'' 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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                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    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'' x 33-3/8'' 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'' x 33-3/8'' 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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                      (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Awesome lathe!

                      By Cabin 1

                      from Wise Va.

                      About Me Avid Do-It-Yourselfer

                      Pros

                      • 1 To 8 Tpi
                      • Easy To Adjust
                      • Heavy Weight For Size
                      • No Belt Changes By Hand
                      • Strong Motor
                      • Very Few Tool Marks

                      Cons

                      • Alignment
                      • Easy To Fix
                      • Motor Vents Need To Be
                      • Protected From Chips
                      • Slowest Speed Is 600 Rpm'

                      Best Uses

                      • Baseball Bats
                      • Bowl Turning
                      • Ornaments
                      • Pens
                      • Plates
                      • Platters
                      • Salt And Pepper Shakers
                      • Tops

                      Comments about Central-Machinery 12'' x 33-3/8'' Wood Lathe with Reversible Head:

                      Picked this little jewel up a month ago to try my hand at bowl turning and to keep me entertained in the winter months and did not want to get wood chips on my metal lathe. First off I noticed the head stock and tail stock didn't center up perfectly. I may go back and mill a few thousands off one side of the ways or the tail stock but right now I'm not too concerned about it. No rocket ship building in my future. The little lathe is very heavy so get help when setting it up, I used my engine hoist to set it up on my work bench. Leveled it out and bolted it down. Degreased the ways or bed and tail stock to prevent the tail stock from sliding. Next, when you tighten down the tail stock or the tool rest you may need to adjust the nut underneath each item. Easily done with your fingers.
                      Do yourself a favor and pick up a four jaw self aligning chuck if you want to get the most out of your lathe. I picked up the PSI Woodworking CSC3000C and love it. Next you will need some wood turning tools. I bought the cheap set from Harbor Freight to learn on and practice my tool sharpening skills. They work good and will allow you to learn the art of sharpening to suit your needs and wood turning skills. I will be ordering a better set eventually when I feel I'm ready. I can't comment on the stand because I never used it. Mounted mine to the bench. You will want to cut the bottom out of a plastic gallon jug and mount it over the vents on the motor to prevent wood dust and chips from getting in the motor and shortening the motor life. Overall it is a good little lathe for the money. I have no basis of comparison as this is the only wood lathe I've used. If your a machinist don't expect it to compare to your engine lathe with regards to run out and tolerances. Safety First. Face shield is a MUST.

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                      (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Smooth

                      By winsprint

                      from Gettysburg, PA

                      About Me Avid Do-It-Yourselfer

                      Pros

                      • Durable
                      • Flexiable
                      • Value

                      Cons

                      • Locking Handles

                      Best Uses

                      • Home
                      • Shop

                      Comments about Central-Machinery 12'' x 33-3/8'' Wood Lathe with Reversible Head:

                      I have had this lathe for over a year now. I have made numerous 13" bowls and other projects. This lathe has performed well and very versitile. It is deffinatley a great addtion to my shop and the value is unbeatable. The only negative are some of the locking hadles aren't very sturdy.

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                      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Excellent budget lathe

                      By R

                      from Georgia

                      About Me Casual Do-It-Yourselfer

                      Pros

                      • Durable
                      • Easy To Use
                      • Good Design
                      • Powerful
                      • Safe

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Home Use

                        Comments about Central-Machinery 12'' x 33-3/8'' Wood Lathe with Reversible Head:

                        I purchased this lathe to replace a smaller, cheaper model. For the price, it seems to be well built and well designed. Because it has a heavier bed than my previous lathe, it vibrates much less while in operation. The speed control seems to work smoothly (I did replace the belt and grease the pulleys prior to first use as recommended by other reviews). The head pivots easily. The tailstock is solid and slides easily. It did appear to be about 1/8" out of line with the headstock. The tool rest will not tighten to the bed as much as I would like. Overall, for the money, I would purchase this same lathe again.

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