No workshop is complete without good quality equipment and reliable machinery. Metalworking lathes are a key part of that and you'll find plenty of options available to keep your workshop going. So, whether you're looking for a brand new lathe, a spare part or maybe even an antique model that's for display only, you'll be sure to find just what you need.
Quality lathe, quality finish
To get the best quality finish for your metalwork a sturdily built lathe is key. Choose a lathe with a good solid housing with the cutting part of the machine firmly attached. If there are any loose parts there is a risk that the movement will cause the whole machine to judder and result in a poor piece of work. Luckily, you can find a good choice of lathes from recognised brands in a new or as-new condition.
Modern metalworking lathes will have a digital readout which can help the user get the exact finish they are looking for. For example, the Katsu mini-lathe features a digital readout, so not only will you be able to work quickly, you can be sure that the finished product is accurate.
Tabletop or free standing
If you're short on space then you might want to choose a mini-lathe or a tabletop metalworking lathe. You can find mini-lathes available from reputable brands such as Katsu and Sealey, so you can be sure of getting the reliability you need from a familiar name. Mini–lathes are particularly good if the projects you're working on are slightly smaller in scale; for example, working on hand tools, or making small metal sculptures.
Free-standing lathes are available, though they are much larger and you'll need plenty of space in your workshop for these.
Maintaining your metalworking lathe
As with any piece of machinery, metalworking lathes require periodic maintenance to help them perform at their best. You can find specific oil to keep the lathe moving smoothly and replacement parts too.