21 Jun. 1991|
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Innovation has not been easy to find in the woodworking machinery sector here at the International Woodworking Fair in Atlanta. In addition to the bandsaw and drill press, the gold-and-black folks had their new 24” wood lathe on display with renowned turner Nick Cook doing the turning. Actually, it’s two very similar lathes: both have 36” between centers, but one has a 20” swing with 2-hp motor ($3,300) and the other 24” and 3 hp ($3,900). Cook, a resident of the Atlanta area, has worked with Powermatic for the last 5 years in developing this lathe, a super-deluxe machine that sells for $7,500.
Among the lathe’s many features is a built-in vacuum system through the headstock spindle that allows you to grip (using a special chuck) a bowl or any other vessel by its already-turned end so you can finish shaping the other end. This feature, according to Laguna president Torben Helshoj, produces greater torque at lower speeds than traditional motors. General International will continue to make woodworking machines in Taiwan and import these for sale in the U.S.
This lathe is almost over-built, made of loads of cast iron and weighing in at nearly 950 lbs.
Both lathes have a tailstock mount that swings out of the way so you can slide the headstock down for outboard turning.