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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

comp at $347.99
Sale: $319.99
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 147 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (65)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (47)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (10)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (11)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (14)

84%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (52)
  • 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 (6)
  • Spindles (5)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Avid do-it-yourselfer (76), Casual do-it-yourselfer (18), Professional (16), Beginner (7)

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

Wood lathe. Received in great condition

By Madina4

from Wales. Mi

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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    5.0

    Great lathe

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    By Runnerbear

    from West Virginia

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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 to get back into my woodworking it is the best lathe for the money I feel it's a good lathe for the beginner or an advanced turner. It heavy so you need help setting it up. I have only had it for a month or so but it has been doing what it's made to do and does it well.

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    5.0

    Great lathe

    By John

    from Bloomfield, KY

    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 is great for the price, you would spend three times as much on a name brand lathe to get the same features.

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    5.0

    Great lathe for the price,

    By sawmiller

    from Bethpage Tn.

    About Me Avid Do-It-Yourselfer

    Pros

    • Good Starter Lathe

    Cons

    • Motor Gets Very Hot

    Best Uses

    • Having Fun

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

    Went together easy enough, put together by myself with no problem, my first lathe so have nothing to compare it to. Very affordable for a lathe this size. I turned the legs and spindles and made my new granddaughter a rocking chair, have made a couple baseball bats, several rolling pins, numerous candle sticks. Just having a blast with this. I just got a new 4 jawed chuck so I want to turn some bowls now. The motor gets very hot if you run it too long at a time so I run it a while and then we rest, I get too hot too:) I suppose if a friend asked me about it I would tell them I would buy again but you should know that it's a hobby machine and not expect it to stand up to a lot of abuse. Take care of it, grease the pulley shafts occasionally, blow out the motor after using and it should give you decent service.

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    5.0

    Ton of lathe for the money

    By Turned out great

    from Rochester NY

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    Pros

      Cons

      • Really Heavy I Made My

      Best Uses

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

        If you want a larger capacity lathe with easy to change speed control at a low price look no further. These things are great value and easy to assemble. Do not buy the stand they have in store listed by product. It comes with one.

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        5.0

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        By jt

        from royston ga

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

        I have tried this equipment several ways and it has preformed as expected with no problems. a good lathe

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