Axi AT406WL (1628vs) or the Twister FU180.

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    Are you sure? on the Axminster site it is 1850 bench mounted and on Simon's site its is Twister FU-180 Woodturning Lathe with legs 1750 at only .4 kw between the 2 ie .5 HP the cheaper one seems to be the better option!! I know that power is important and I use a 3.5 HP Axminster machine which now works as it should (except the indexing); but its only really important if you are going to make large bowls etc

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    1850 includes the legstand. The lathes bench mounted are very similar price wise. The Axminster is slightly larger but it lacks the ability to mount the bed extension at 90 degrees to the bed on the leg making it more versatile in my opinion.
    My calculations the twister will be about 100 less but there's still transport costs to factor in.
    I have seen the bigger FU 230 in action and was really impressed. This is only my opinion but I believe the German company may fettle each and every lathe to their standard and that could be why they claim to be manufactured in Germany. It's possible that only the castings come from Taiwan and the rest in Germany.......?
    The lathes seemed to be better finished than the ones from Axminster again my opinion.

     
     
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    So made the decision and ordered the Twister FU 180

     
     
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    Well done I hope it turns out well for you (pun intended) I'm jealous I fancy a new toy.
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