A quality wood lathe machine is key in any woodworking shop – every good carpenter will tell you that. Without a wood lathe, your ability to create beautiful woodwork is instantly limited.

Wood turning lathes are machines that help create circular wooden objects. These handy machines rotate a piece of wood at speed so it can be more easily cut, sanded, knurled, drilled, or turned into a shape of the craftsman’s choosing, using a variety of chisels and knives. But choosing one is sometimes easier said than done – especially when there are so many on the market today.

That’s where Kendal Tools can help.

We are a leading UK supplier of wood turning lathes and have a comprehensive range to choose from, including popular manufacturing brands, such as Charnwood, Scheppach, SIP, Fox and Draper.

The wood lathes for sale, here at Kendal Tools, are an excellent choice for hobby woodturners as they remain small enough to be transported comfortably in the boot of a car. Take the Scheppach DMT450, for instance. Heavier duty machines are also available to purchase from our online store, including the Scheppach Lata 5.0, which is aimed at the professional or serious woodworking enthusiast.

In addition to this, we can supply handy accessories to go alongside your new lathe machine, such as LED lights, allowing you to see what you’re doing when working on a more detailed piece. We also offer complete sets of chisels and other replacement pieces, so that you’re never caught short.

How to choose a wood turning lathe

It’s easy to get it wrong when choosing a lathe machine, that’s why we advise you to take your time and weigh up all your options before rushing your decision.

First things first, you need to consider how much space you have in your workshop because our wood lathes are available in all sizes. If you have the space to facilitate a larger lathe, we suggest you do so as it’s far more versatile than a smaller model and can be used to do small pieces too. But, if space is at a premium, or you only have a limited budget to work with, a good-quality small woodturning lathe is an excellent alternative.

Many of our wood lathes come with powerful 3/4hp induction motors and full electronic variable speed control. This means you can control the speed of your lathe at the simple touch of a button, which is especially useful when applying those all-important finishing touches to your work.

Order a wood turning lathe

Ordering a lathe machine from Kendal Tools is easy. Simply browse our extensive range and click on the ones that take your fancy to find out more about them. Once you’ve found the best one for your woodworking shop, add it to your online basket and proceed to the checkout.

Although our woodturning lathes are manufactured to an exceptionally high standard and allow you to create delicate pieces of woodwork, we guarantee competitive prices and ensure they each come with an affordable price tag.

Contact Kendal Tools

If you’re unsure which wood lathe machine to go for, or have any questions about the ones we have in stock, don’t hesitate to get in touch. Our team is always on hand and will be more than happy to share their expertise. Either call 01539 733 774, or drop us an email at info@kendaltools.co.uk, and we’ll do everything we can to help.

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What makes a good wood turning lathe?

When it comes to buying a wood turning lathe, you have two options: floor standing or benchtop. Floor standing lathes are often heavy and solidly built, providing maximum stability and minimum vibration. Benchtop wood turning lathes, on the other hand, are much smaller and must be bolted to a solid workbench for extra stability. These are useful for hobbyists and professionals alike. Though not something you can expect from all lathes, the best ones feature electronic speed control and run quietly and smoothly. For help choosing the perfect wood turning lathe for your application, give us a call on 01539 733 774.

How much does a wood turning lathe cost?

Charnwood, Draper, Scheppach and SIP manufacture some of the best wood turning lathes on the market – but these can vary in price. Other factors that impact the cost of lathes include the type of lathe required (e.g. floor standing or bench-mounted), size and functions. A larger, floor standing lathe is likely to cost you more than a smaller benchtop version. However, it will provide maximum stability for small and large-scale projects. Similarly, wood turning lathes with more advanced features and functions often come at a higher price but are extremely versatile – allowing you to complete more tasks. Here at Kendal Tools, we are proud to provide wood turning lathes to suit every budget – starting from just over £200.00. Why not browse our online collection and click through to find out more about the different lathes we stock? To narrow your options down, sort the results by price: low to high. This will reveal the cheaper products at the top of the page, and the more expensive models at the bottom.

Is a wood turning lathe easy to set up?

Yes! A wood turning lathe is simple to set up once you know how. Before you begin, make sure that the machine is switched off at the mains. This will reduce the risk of potential accidents and injuries. You then need to double-check the lathe is stable. If you’re using a floor standing model, it should have a sturdy floor stand, whereas a benchtop lathe is likely to have adjustable rubber feet that enable you to secure it in place. The next step is to organise the tools you’ll be using and place them on the tool rest in the order you’ll use them. In doing so, you won’t have to fumble around when operating the wood turning lathe – improving safety and productivity. It’s also worth checking that your tools are sharp enough for the task at hand. Blunt tools may cause your workpiece to chip or fly off, especially if it’s not secured properly!

Are wood turning lathes safe to use?

The simple answer is yes. However, you must have the appropriate safety equipment when using a wood turning lathe. For example, the lathe needs to be positioned in a well-lit area so you can keep an eye on your workpiece (and fingers) at all times. Before you switch the wood turning lathe on, double-check that all clamps and fittings are secure and the workpiece is free to turn. Safety goggles must be worn to protect your eyes from flying pieces of wood, and a face shield will stop you from inhaling sawdust and prevent breathing difficulties further down the line. On top of protective headwear, it’s also crucial that there are no loose bits of hair or clothing, as these could easily get caught in the lathe. For more tips on using a wood turning lathe safely and efficiently, get in touch with the team at Kendal Tools.