In The Shed: HAFCO Woodmaster WL-14V Mini Wood Lathe
The HAFCO Woodmaster WL-14V Mini Wood Lathe (Order Code: W385) is a worthy option for the professional or enthusiast turner looking for a reliable and sturdy compact lathe.
Boasting a solid construction and 46kg net weight, the critical components of the WL-14V (its bed, head and tailstock) are made from cast-iron for strength, rigidity and reduced vibration.
The 2-step motor pulleys offer a low range for slower spindle speeds from 450rpm to 1800rpm, plus a high-speed range from 900rpm to 3850rpm that’s ideal for miniature turning work. In addition, the powerful 0.75Hp (0.55kW) motor is controlled via an electronic variable speed dial — with digital readout speed display featuring dust-proof magnetic safety switch — which allows quick dial-in of the correct speed required for the task at hand. Maximum torque is maintained thanks to a 2-speed belt change system.
At the flick of a switch, this mini wood lathe has the capability to change direction from forward to reverse. This backwards rotation feature is ideal for sanding and finishing, particularly of tricky areas that can’t be reached with the forward motion.
The HAFCO Woodmaster WL-14V comes with 12-position spindle indexing lock, plus 2MT spur drive centre and live centre, providing equal pressure and positive drive.
• The drive centre (along with the included 80mm faceplate) gives a superior hold and is designed to hold wood together securely without splitting.
• Unlike traditional stationary centres, the live centre (also known as a revolving tailstock centre) rotates with the timber, eliminating burning and increasing hold.
Swing over bed is 356mm, while it measures 470mm between centres. Pitch spindle nose taper and tailstock taper are both 2MT, while the spindle nose thread is M30 x 3.5 pitch.
Convenient 300mm and 150mm tool rests are built-in for jobs both large and small, whilst a tool storage tray makes for quick and easy access. Also included in the package are a drawbar, spanner, hex keys and power lead.
An optional 650mm HAFCO Woodmaster WL-14X Lathe Bed Extension (Order Code: W385X) can be added to expand the WL-14V’s turning length up to 1120mm.
When adding the aforementioned bed extension to your wood lathe, you’ll also need the optional HAFCO Woodmaster WLS-1824 Adjustable Wood Lathe Stand (Order Code: W379) to raise the lathe at a safe working height and free up valuable workbench space.
If you’re looking for a quality machine that lets you work efficiently, the HAFCO Woodmaster WL-14V Mini Wood Lathe is a smart choice.