The Top Full Size Wood Lathes and How They Compare

Full-size wood lathes are designed for the serious woodturner and they are generally used for industrial purposes or people making serious money from wood turning. These huge full sized lathes will be perfect if you plan on turning bigger chunks of wood and you like to get serious about the wood turning business.

The full sized wood lathes are designed for industrial purposes and they are also much heavier. The motors are a little bigger and they can easily handle those larger chunks of wood that you might need to turn into bigger products. These lathes also require a ton of space and might not be ideal for the backend of the garage.

Model

Weight

Motor

Swing

JET 708359 JWL-1642EVS

410 lbs

1.5 HP

16 inch

JET 708359 JWL-1642EVS 

What we like:

  • Cast iron / Very stable
  • Electronic variable speed
  • User friendly controls
  • JET history & quality

What we dont' like:

  • Expensive

Powermatic 1352001Model 3520B

Powermatic 1352001Model 3520B

682 lbs

2.0 HP

20 inch

JET 708359 JWL-1642EVS 

What we like:

  • Electronic variable speed
  • Large swing
  • Great value

What we dont' like:

  • Its hard to find fault with this lathe.  The fixed height can be an issue for some.

Shop Fox W1758

Shop Fox W1758
Powermatic 1352001Model 3520B

307 lbs

2.0 HP

12 inch

JET 708359 JWL-1642EVS 

What we like:

  • Cast iron legs and bed
  • Great for beginner/intermediate turners
  • Hard to beat price

What we dont' like:

  • 10 variable speeds (vs. electronic)
  • Cannot reverse rotation
  • Tool rest is a little flimsy

Jet JWL-1440VSK

Jet JWL-1440VSK
Shop Fox W1758
Powermatic 1352001Model 3520B

413 lbs

1.0 HP

14 inch

JET 708359 JWL-1642EVS 

What we like:

  • Optional extension bed
  • Sliding headstock pivots 360 degrees
  • A lot of lathe for the price

What we dont' like:

  • The lowest speed setting is 400RPM 
  • Cannot reverse rotation

Pros and Cons of Choosing a Full Size Wood Lathes Over Midi and Mini Lathes

The full sized lathes are a little different from midi and mini lathes in multiple facets. They are large and they are heavy, while the smaller lathes are more ideal for turning smaller pieces. Here are a few of the pros and cons of buying a bigger lathe over the smaller ones:

Pros:

  •  Allows for bigger projects: Bigger projects require a bigger lathe and these full sized lathes are perfect for turning larger chunks of wood. Thanks to the bigger swing and spindle, you could be turning wood pieces of up to 300 lbs. 
  •  Stability: The bigger the lathe, the heavier it will obviously be and this could potentially help with stability.While you might take chances on your midi lathes, the bigger lathe will give you great security and stability when turning bigger wood pieces.
  • Enhanced Durability: The materials used in the construction of bigger lathes have to be much more durable. This is one of the reasons they are so much more expensive. Great durability is something that is needed when turning bigger chunks of wood.
  • Bigger and more powerful motors: While the midi lathes still have decent motors, the full sized lathes have better motors to help turn those bigger projects. The more powerful the motor, the better and more efficient your results will be.

Cons:

  • Expensive: The bigger lathes are much more expensive and since they have a ton of key features, this will add to the price. The lathes also take longer to construct and this does give them a little more durability. These lathes will cost you a big price, but they will last you for multiple years.
  • Not as much control: The bigger lathes might offer you much more stability and this will be great, but you will not have as much control over what the lathe does. Moving around it will also take a little more time and you will have to fully rely on the settings to ensure that everything is perfect.
  • Large and heavy: These big lathes might not be ideal for any home garage and this could potentially make them harder to move and to get where you would like them to be. The lathes are designed for industrial and professional use at this size and getting one in your tiny workshop might not be the best option.

Now that you have a better understanding of what the top wood lathes can offer you, we have decided to choose a few and look a little deeper at them. These 4 lathes are the top of the range and using them to judge any new ones will be highly beneficial.

4 Top Wood Lathes and Their Key Features:

JET 708359 JWL-1642EVS 

Weight: 410lbs

Dimensions: 63.5x 20 x 50-inches

Swing Size: 16 inches

Motor: 1.5 Horsepower

The Jet 708359JWL-1642EVS is a large full sized lathe with a decent 16-inch swing. The lathe has been constructed from durable casting iron and this also adds to the immense weight. This will give you great stability to work with.

The 3-phase 1.5HP motor is essential for turning different sized wood pieces for different purposes. The large spindle also features an index for drilling and fluting to give you great multifunctional use to work with.

This lathe is quite expensive and will be highly recommended for the serious turner and industrial purposes. The inclusion of a solid 5-year warranty will also be highly beneficial to those turning often and heavy.

Powermatic 1352001Model 3520B

Weight:  682lbs

Dimensions: 50x 24 x 44-inches

Swing Size: 20-inches

Motor: 2.0 Horsepower

The Powermatic1352001 Model 3520B lathe is a little larger lathe that has also been constructed from durable cast iron. The lathe includes a powerful 2.0 HP motor and exerts around 220 volts of power. The lathe includes a decent motor that should keep your motor from overheating after prolonged use.

One of the main selling points is the larger swing size and the built-in storage that can be found on the tailstock. The tool rest is around 14-inches and should give you ample versatility and support to keep you safe.

This lathe includes a decent 5-year warranty and it is also a little cheaper. We would recommend this lathe currently as a great budget buy that should give you good value for your money if you are turning professionally.

Shop Fox W1758 Wood Lathe With Cast Iron Legs And Digital Readout

Weight: 307lbs

Dimensions: 76.5 x 19 x 48.75-inches

Swing Size: 12-inches

Motor: 2.0 Horsepower

The Shop FoxW1758 Wood Lathe is a good digital wood lathe that has also been constructed from durable cast iron. The 2.0 HP motor should work perfectly for you and the single phase 110 volt output will be good for turning medium-sized pieces.

The lathe is capable of adjusting the speed in 10 different ways and this should be ideal when it comes to versatility. The turning capabilities will range between600-2400RPM. The headstock is also capable of rotating up to 180-degrees to give you further versatility.

This wood lathe includes a decent 2-year warranty that should keep you protected and even though it is still large, the price is really affordable and you will get great value for your money. This full-sized lathe will be ideal for beginners to the industry.

Jet JWL-1440VSK 1HP Wood Lathe with Legs

Weight: 413lbs

Dimensions: 88x 58 x 39 inches

Swing Size: 14-inches

Motor: 1.0 HP

The JetJWL-1440VSK 1HP wood lathe is a great affordable alternative to the first lathe from Jet. This lathe is a little smaller, but the construction is still rather affordable. The decent 1.0 HP motor will be ideal for turning large-sized pieces.

The lathe features a headstock that can pivot up to 360-degrees and the tool rest can slide to virtually anywhere on the lathe. This gives you great functionality. The lathe also has various speeds that range between 400RPM and 3000RPM.

Ideally, this large lathe will be ideal for turning on a large scale and it might not be perfect for every home. The lathe includes a 5-year warranty that should keep you covered and the reasonable price will give you great value for your money.

Final Thoughts:

In comparing these lathes to the midi and the mini lathes, you will find that they actually are a little better and more durable. The designs are much more durable and they offer great stability. These 4 full-sized lathes are currently at the top of the range and they would be highly recommended by most experts.

Shop Fox W1758 Wood Lathe With Cast Iron Legs And Digital Readout

Weight: 307lbs

Dimensions: 76.5 x 19 x 48.75-inches

Swing Size: 12-inches

Motor: 2.0 Horsepower

The Shop Fox W1758 Wood Lathe is a good digital wood lathe that has also been constructed from durable cast iron. The 2.0 HP motor should work perfectly for you and the single phase 110 volt output will be good for turning medium-sized pieces.

The lathe is capable of adjusting the speed in 10 different ways and this should be ideal when it comes to versatility. The turning capabilities will range between 600-2400RPM. The headstock is also capable of rotating up to 180-degrees to give you further versatility.

This wood lathe includes a decent 2-year warranty that should keep you protected and even though it is still large, the price is really affordable and you will get great value for your money. This full-sized lathe will be ideal for beginners to the industry.

Jet JWL-1440VSK 1 HP Wood Lathe with Legs

Weight: 413lbs

Dimensions: 88 x 58 x 39 inches

Swing Size: 14-inches

Motor: 1.0 HP

The Jet JWL-1440VSK 1HP wood lathe is a great affordable alternative to the first lathe from Jet. This lathe is a little smaller, but the construction is still rather affordable. The decent 1.0 HP motor will be ideal for turning large-sized pieces.

The lathe features a headstock that can pivot up to 360-degrees and the tool rest can slide to virtually anywhere on the lathe. This gives you great functionality. The lathe also has various speeds that range between 400RPM and 3000RPM.

Ideally, this large lathe will be ideal for turning on a large scale and it might not be perfect for every home. The lathe includes a 5-year warranty that should keep you covered and the reasonable price will give you great value for your money.

Final Thoughts:

In comparing these lathes to the midi and the mini lathes, you will find that they actually are a little better and more durable. The designs are much more durable and they offer great stability. These 4 full-sized lathes are currently at the top of the range and they would be highly recommended by most experts.

4 top wood lathes and their key features:

The full sized lathes are a little different from midi and mini lathes in multiple facets. They are large and they are heavy, while the smaller lathes are more ideal for turning smaller pieces. Here are a few of the pros and cons of buying a bigger lathe over the smaller ones:

Pros:

·         Allows for bigger projects: Bigger projects require a bigger lathe and these full sized lathes are perfect for turning larger chunks of wood. Thanks to the bigger swing and spindle, you could be turning wood pieces of up to 300 lbs.

·         Stability: The bigger the lathe, the heavier it will obviously be and this could potentially help with stability. While you might take chances on your midi lathes, the bigger lathe will give you great security and stability when turning bigger wood pieces.

·         Enhanced Durability: The materials used in the construction of bigger lathes have to be much more durable. This is one of the reasons they are so much more expensive. Great durability is something that is needed when turning bigger chunks of wood.

·         Bigger and more powerful motors: While the midi lathes still have decent motors, the full sized lathes have better motors to help turn those bigger projects. The more powerful the motor, the better and more efficient your results will be.

Cons:

·         Expensive: The bigger lathes are much more expensive and since they have a ton of key features, this will add to the price. The lathes also take longer to construct and this does give them a little more durability. These lathes will cost you a big price, but they will last you for multiple years.

·         Not as much control: The bigger lathes might offer you much more stability and this will be great, but you will not have as much control over what the lathe does. Moving around it will also take a little more time and you will have to fully rely on the settings to ensure that everything is perfect.

·         Large and heavy: These big lathes might not be ideal for any home garage and this could potentially make them harder to move and to get where you would like them to be. The lathes are designed for industrial and professional use at this size and getting one in your tiny workshop might not be the best option.

Now that you have a better understanding of what the top wood lathes can offer you, we have decided to choose a few and look a little deeper at them. These 4 lathes are the top of the range and using them to judge any new ones will be highly beneficial.

Full-size wood lathes are designed for the serious woodturner and they are generally used for industrial purposes or people making serious money from wood turning. These huge full sized lathes will be perfect if you plan on turning bigger chunks of wood and you like to get serious about the wood turning business.

The full sized wood lathes are designed for industrial purposes and they are also much heavier. The motors are a little bigger and they can easily handle those larger chunks of wood that you might need to turn into bigger products. These lathes also require a ton of space and might not be ideal for the backend of the garage.

  • September 12, 2017
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