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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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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
  • 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
Customer Reviews

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Central-Machinery12 in. x 33-3/8 in. 3/4 HP Wood Lathe with Reversible Head
 
3.9

(based on 157 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (70)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (50)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (11)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (11)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (15)

83%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (52)
  • Durable (29)
  • Good design (29)
  • Good power output (24)
  • Safe (20)

Cons

  • Poor design (13)
  • Underpowered (9)

Best Uses

  • Home use (50)
  • Professional use (16)
  • Big jobs (9)
  • Bowls (6)
  • Spindles (5)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Avid do-it-yourselfer (82), Casual do-it-yourselfer (20), Professional (16), Beginner (9)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Great machine

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...Read complete review

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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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

Buy it!

By BanjoTater

from Concord Michigan

About Me Casual Do-It-Yourselfer

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

Use it to make banjo rims.

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5.0

I would buy this again

By Fisherman Bill

from Traverse city Michigan

About Me Avid Do-It-Yourselfer

Verified Buyer

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

We used it for turning hard wood and it did a superb job. HF was out of the smaller lathe at out store but we has a 20% off coupon an opted for the larger one and we're glad we did. It's very stable and easy to setup and use. It helps to have the better tools also as they stay sharp longer.

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5.0

Could not be happier!!!

By J B

from Murrells Inlet, SC.

About Me Avid Do-It-Yourselfer

Verified Buyer

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

I just want to say two things here. I was on my way to store to buy my lathes. Time was running out and it was close to time for the store to lock their doors, I was about 15 to 20 min. from the store I called them to let them know that I was on the way and that there were a lot of cars on the road. They told me that things were ok and that they would be happy to take care of me when I got there. I did not think that they would do that for meThe let me in and told me to look around while that got my lathe from the store room. This is what very good service is!!! My lathe is great, I could not be happier with what they did and the machine. Yes, I would say that any body looking for tools and or machines could do no better than going to this Harbor Freight in North Myrtle Beach, SC. I will try from now on to only go to this store. Great, Great people and tools.

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5.0

Outstanding Lathe

By bookdoctor

from Columbus, Ohio

About Me Beginner

Pros

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Handles And Bowls

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

      Was going to purchase a used jet lathe for twice the money but decided to purchase this lathe instead. The only part I did not like was to assemble everything together but once I got started it was a piece of cake. This lathe had all the features of the jet lathe for half the money. Lathe was very smooth running and with the variable speed was a joy to operate. I am sure I will get many hours of enjoyment out of this well constructed lathe. I would highly recommend this lathe as to its quality and ease of operation. Try it you will like it.

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      5.0

      Nice lathe

      By Rachus

      from Texas

      About Me Casual Do-It-Yourselfer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Mostly Preassembled

      Cons

        Best Uses

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

          This lathe is easily assembled by one person. I used two saw horses to place the carton on, and then assembled the legs beside it. I then placed one end at a time onto the legs and bolted them on. Don't let the center of gravity of the carton get below the leg set, or you will need two people to pick it up. The controls work well and the spindle is true and vibration free. The 6 inch faceplate and the live center on the tailstock seem to be well made. On the negative side, the tool rest is a little awkward to adjust and I had to glue back together the knob on the speed control lever.

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          5.0

          Wood lathe. Received in great condition

          By Madina4

          from Wales. Mi

          About Me Professional

          Verified Buyer

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

          I would like to start by saying that the staff at the port Huron store were excellent and very dedicated to their customers. I had a great shopping experience. I haven't had the opportunity to put my wood lathe together as of yet. I have opened the box and inspected. All pieces are in great condition.not a scratch. Packaged very well. It will be a great addition to my new wood shop that I am in the process of building,will add another review when I get the lathe set up.

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          5.0

          Tremendous turner

          By Rich

          from Idaho

          About Me Avid Do-It-Yourselfer

          Verified Buyer

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

          Truly a great value. Smooth turning Lathe. Easy to assemble. Very solid. Powerful motor. A bit noisy, but overall so nice!

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          5.0

          excellent value

          By Bassman

          from Pelican Rapids, Mn

          About Me Avid Do-It-Yourselfer

          Verified Buyer

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

          Staff member's at the store were very helpful assisting me. I found what I was looking for at a price that was an excellent value. Assembly was easy and operation smooth and easy. I have only used it one week, but happy with my purchase.

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          5.0

          one tough lathe

          By woodman

          from woodland CA

          About Me Professional

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Tough Lathe

          Cons

          • Stand A Little Weak

          Best Uses

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

            i ran the first one HARD for 9 years. i have a duplicator setup on it, so by no means i used it in a light way. i had to replace it, because i just wore out the variable speed drive.

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            5.0

            Excellent Value

            By Doug

            from Missouri

            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:

            Excellent value....if you have some mechanical aptitude. I've had one for 3 years, turned all kinds of stuff, up to ~14" bowls (600 rpm low speed limits bowl size), with excellent results.

            If you plan to take it home, plug it in, and turn for years with no problems, go spend a $1000 plus for a similar jet/grizzly. Like many HF products, this one needs to be finished, and a few things may need adjustment or replacement. Take it completely apart, everything, and degrease then deburr, and wax everything. The bed ways need checked with a file for flatness. The only place to use grease is for the Reeves drive pulleys. Replace the drive belt with one from the auto parts store.

            Use sandbags, concrete, etc. to add 100lbs weight. Bore out the banjo and arm to 1" and get some good tool rests with hardened steel inserts. I use a 15 mm wrench to tighten the headstock down - the handle isn't in the way and it provides more leverage.

            The only time it bogs down is with very heavy sanding. If it bogs with a cutting tool, you either have a dull tool or are taking way too heavy of a cut. Great machine if you know good shop practices.

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