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12'' x 33-3/8'' 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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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 degrees
  • Swing over bed: 12''
  • CSA Listed
  • Includes stand, tool rest, drive center, 6'' disc and Allen wrenches
  • Overweight Item subject to $89.95 additional Freight Charge
  • An additional lift-gate charge may apply.
Specifications
Name 12'' x 33-3/8'' Wood Lathe with Reversible Head
SKU 34706
Brand Central Machinery
Capacity 12 in.
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
Reversible (y/n) Yes
Tailstock taper MT2
Variable speed (y/n) No
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
Warranty 90 Day
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Central-Machinery12'' x 33-3/8'' Wood Lathe with Reversible Head
 
3.9

(based on 94 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (39)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (33)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (9)

85%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (46)
  • Good design (28)
  • Durable (26)
  • Good power output (21)
  • Safe (18)

Cons

  • Poor design (11)
  • Underpowered (9)

Best Uses

  • Home use (46)
  • Professional use (15)
  • Big jobs (9)
  • Spindles (4)
  • Bowls (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Avid do-it-yourselfer (42), Professional (10), Casual do-it-yourselfer (8), 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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(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Bought it as damaged for half price!!

By Bert

from Pittsburgh, PA

About Me Avid Do-It-Yourselfer

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Good Design

Cons

  • NONE

Best Uses

  • Home Use

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

Great lathe for the price. The power switch is on the head unit instead of the stand like the Jet-jw1236 making it easy to take apart and easy to access while turning bigger pieces at 90 degrees. Simple to set up and get turning in an hour! Great variable speed from rough cut to polish sand! the HF lathe tools are kinda wimpy but do the job just fine with routine sharpening.

As far as damaged, the motor starter cover has a small dent and one handle was broken but came with a spare. runs flawlessly...

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(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Awesome deal

By WI Woodworker

from West Islip, NY

About Me Avid Do-It-Yourselfer

Verified Reviewer

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:

    this is exactly the Jet-jw1236 down to the parts diagrams being identical in every detail down to parts numbering. It was exciting to get such a high quality machine at a harbor freight price. this unit will live well above the undeserved reputation that harbor freight has for power tools.

    a little research goes a long way - this is a steal!!

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    (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    from a non pro woodworker

    By RUSTY

    from ERIN TENNESSEE

    About Me Avid Do-It-Yourselfer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Good Design

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Home Use

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

      I've been wanting a wood lathe for years,but didn't want to spend a lot of money on one.I bought this one and didn't expect it to be as good as I would want.I was pleasantly surprised!!It performs great!
      Assembly and set up is simple,and it's easy to operate.It has performed perfect thus far on everything I've used it for. I absolutely love this
      machine!!!

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      (9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      An excellent bargain

      By JS

      from Parkersburg, W.Va.

      About Me Avid Do-It-Yourselfer

      Pros

      • Durable
      • Easy To Use
      • Fair price
      • Good Design
      • Safe

      Cons

      • Head Sometimes Lifts
      • Hf Needs To Stock Accesso
      • Speed Lever Hard To Turn

      Best Uses

      • Hobbyist

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

      I have used the lathe for more than three years and the only part I have replaced is the belt, which I purchased at NAPA auto parts. It is nearly identical to the Jet lathe, except for the color, but at a third of the price. I recommend adding ballast to the frame with blocks or sand bags. The stock drive center and faceplate are adequate. I use my lathe about 15 hours a week making Christmas ornaments, vases, candle sticks and rolling pins.

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      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Central Machinery 12'' x 33-3/8'' Wood L

      By Jose

      from Bronx, New York

      About Me Avid Do-It-Yourselfer

      Pros

      • Durable
      • Easy To Use
      • Powerful
      • Safe

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Home Use
        • Professional Use

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

        The tool works well. I am satisfied with it. The only problem is the release levers are weak. I have to be careful not to over tighten and strip them. the tool is easy to use, first time I used it, I picked up the tools and turned it on and started having fun right away. Other than that I am very satisfied with it.The price was great.

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        (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        I am very pleased with this product

        By Gene

        from Cathlamet, Washington

        About Me Casual Do-It-Yourselfer

        Pros

        • Durable
        • Easy To Use
        • Good Design
        • Powerful
        • Well Worth The Money

        Cons

        • Tailstock Release Lever

        Best Uses

        • Home Use

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

        The tool works well. I am very satisfied with it. The only problem is the tailstock release lever is on the wrong side. I have to reach over the tail stock to release it. I am old and my joints are sore so it is very hard to use it. Other than that I am very satisfied with it.

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        (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Easy to use hobby lathe

        By Micah

        from Caldwell, Tx

        About Me Beginner

        Pros

        • Durable
        • Easy To Use
        • Powerful
        • Safe

        Cons

        • Tool Rest Loosens

        Best Uses

        • Entry Level Lathe
        • Home Use
        • Small To Medium Work

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

        Only problems I have had is the tool rest comes loose a little bit if you do not have it tightened really good. But that has only happened a couple of times, mostly my fault. It was easy to use, first time I used it, I picked up the tools and turned it on and started having fun immediately. Be sure to wear a full face shield, I did not have a piece of wood secured good enough at first and it came loose and flew up and cut my lip. Once again mainly just my errors nothing wrong with the machine.

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        (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Very good lathe for starting turners

        By upper dave

        from Marquette, Michigan

        About Me Avid Do-It-Yourselfer

        Pros

        • Durable
        • Easy To Use
        • Good Design
        • Safe
        • Very Inexpensive

        Cons

        • Add Some Weight

        Best Uses

        • Bowls From Round Blanks
        • Spindles

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

        This inexpensive lathe has seen hard use by me without a problem. Add a shelf and sandbags for more mass. I turn bowls from round blanks and it does well. I have used a Grizzly 0733 and a Jet 1642. Both go slower (100-200 rpm) This allows you to power sand and turn rough pieces. You have to spend 500 to 800 for a slow lathe. This unit is a bargain.

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        (4 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Not bad for the price

        By Sam The Pipe Man

        from Auburn, AL

        About Me Professional

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Good Design
        • Powerful

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Big Jobs
          • Home Use
          • Professional Use

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

          This lathe is a great starter... and more than that if you buy a few things to improve it. One caveat... DON'T BUY THIS LATHE IF YOU DON'T KNOW HOW TO FIX BOLT/HOLES. I have had to redrill and re tap a few different fixtures on the lathe, mainly the tailstock. If I had to pick one part about this lathe that was poorly done, I would say tailstock. Other than that, it's a solid machine through and through... and at 1/4 of the price of comparable lathes, It's totally worth having to fix a couple things.

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          (10 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Good unit and hope it lasts

          By spittenkittens

          from Oregon

          About Me Avid Do-It-Yourselfer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Good Design
          • Powerful
          • Safe

          Cons

            Best Uses

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

              I have only had this lathe a week but I have read all reviews here about lube and better belt. I have ordered a better belt and used lithium spray. I ran it for a moment before the lube and could tell the difference immediately. I have used a smaller lathe for the past few years and wanted to able to turn larger bowls. I have turned a few smaller bowls and today turned a 16 inch bowl outboard. Although this is only 1/4 hp more than my other lathe it feels much more powerful and when I made cuts I know would slow down my smaller lathe it did not slow down any. I did get a newspaper ad and for the money it can't be beat. Even if down the road I have to replace the reeves pulleys or the motor it is a good deal. Many chisel sets and chucks cost more than this lathe. I have many HF tools and so far all have been great. Since there all made in the same country and maybe even at the same foundry why pay more?
              I have hf chisels, good set but lacks a bowl gouge.
              If I where rich I would have bought a bigger lathe but I think this will fill my need to turn for awhile. (it is addicting) The only negative I can see is the low speed of 600 rpm is a little high for big bowl blanks. I have mine screwed to 2x6's and did not walk as I turned outboard. A little more ballast would be of use. Hopefully with a little tlc from the start I can made it last. Keep the pulleys clean and a good lube. I might look into a dry lube also. Oh and you might want to put a little super glue on the tool rest and rear stock large bolts when you adjust them, there are a little to loose to stay put. Also take the paint off the top of the tool rest and make it smooth and clean. A few extra minutes work can make a difference.

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