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    Axi AT406WL (1628vs) or the Twister FU180.

    Hi everyone
    Which one of these lathes would you choose ?
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    It looks like the twister comes with legs and the axi doesn't; is that the case? in which case surely the one with legs wins since they are both about the same spec.
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    There you have it....I thought as much.... Pierre is a leg man
    Nice conundrum to have....if both lathe's are a similar spec I would start looking at support and customer services..... I use a rebadged Chinese lathe from Axi, because I know I can get spares!
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    I have the 1628 and is a great machine, that said if the Vicmarc does look a nice machine and is supported well by dealers in the UK now I understand.

    Simon Hope has used Vicmarc machines for a while at his shows and is now a UK distributor.

    Maybe doesn't help your decisions but you could always ask him what supoort, assesories and spares are like in the UK.

    Never had a problem with mine, however it hasn't done much big stuff for a couple of years now as unable to manage and hold the tools when turning bowls and the like.

    I had put it up for sale at one point, I may be putting it up again if you are interested in 2nd hand one.

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    his is what some one put up on an other site I just happened to come across,

    Here are some questions that might make you want to spend less..

    - Do you need 2hp
    - Do you need a rotating headstock (or a sliding one)
    - Do you want a different length warranty (including possibly longer)
    - Are you really going to use the capacity of the 1628 or could you accept less diameter for the long term
    - Do you need Axminster quality or would you be ok with lower (or possibly higher)
    - Is it going to be too heavy to move around

    Here are some questions that might make you want to spend more
    - would you like a longer guarantee
    - would you like higher quality components
    - would you like more turning capacity
    - would you prefer a fixed headstock or just a sliding headstock
    - would you prefer a more flexible working height
    - would you like a substantially heavier machine
    - would you like stainless steel bedways
    - would you like a tailstock tilt away or equivalent
    - do you mind a machine made in China

    Maybe some good advice.

     
     
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    Ultimately it comes down to one thing in the end no matter what the lathe is and so long as it will take the accessories that you intend to put on it. It is absolutely essential that the drive point meets the counterpoint precisely, don't accept a .5 mm off centre on the points with the salesman saying 'that's within tolerance sir' ; you will regret it later, so I recommend that you check the lathe you are going to buy with that in mind, I had to send a lathe back to Axminster which had that problem among other problems (like the transporter trying to break it.) There are ways of twisting a bed to make this work with small differences but any twisting has an impact elsewhere especially with a lathe where the head stock is designed to slide up and down the bed as well.

    Here is the example:

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    You are correct Pierre . When I first came over to the UK a very well known company here marketed there products as made in the UK so that's where I bought from, what a mistake twice I had major problems and in the end I decided not to give the green and yellow livery a space in my workshop.
    I do have a lathe from Axminster ,made in Taiwan, but Axminster don't hide that fact not a bad little lathe.
    I want a larger lathe and have been researching all that's available (except the green and yellow livery not interested) within my budget.
    Two lathes on the short list the Twister FU 180 and the Axminster AT406WL. But there's another possibility and that's to wait for about 2 months and I am sure there will be a fair few hardly used ones becoming available.
    I must say that I am leaning towards the FU 180 at this stage.

     
     
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    Keep your eye out for a Vicmarc, seen a few for sale in the UK.

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    I had a good look at the the range Simon Hope sells at the Exeter show and was impressed by the quality. I particularly liked the FU-230. Stratos FU-230 Woodturning Lathe | Lathes & chucks | HOPE woodturning As far as alignment of the head and tailstock are concerned this should be perfect straight out of the box on a fixed head lathe like my AT1416VS and it is. If you have a swivelling head model then all bets are off unless the lathe comes with or you buy an alignment tool. Axminster Lathe Alignment Centre 2MT - Woodturning Lathe Accessories - Lathe Accessories - Machinery Accessories - Accessories | Axminster Tools & Machinery
    I also like the look of the OneWay lathes from Canada and the American Powermatic but I donít have the space.

     
     
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    No legs are separate on both

     
     

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