Brands of Wood-Turning Lathes

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Brands of Wood-Turning Lathes
One of the keys to producing quality turned products is using very sharp tools. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

A wood turning lathe is a woodworking tool used to create a turned object. There are two types of wood-turning lathes; the faceplate turning and the spindle turning. The faceplate turning is also used for metal carving and involves a cast iron or metal plate being attached in the lathe. The spindle turning involves placing the wood in the centre of the lathe and is ideal for furniture legs, bats, and candlesticks.

CNC Auto-Motion Ltd.

CNC Auto-Motion Ltd. designs and manufactures a full line of routers and lathes designed to work with wood, plastic, metals, composites and even stone. CNC stands for computerised numerical control, which means these lathes are controlled by computer controls. The majority of CNC Auto-Motion machines are built for large company production, but the company does manufacture some smaller models that would be ideal for small woodworking shops and new businesses working with small budgets.


Grizzly wood lathes are distinguishable in the industry by their mint green colour. The founder of Grizzly began the company on the foundation of making affordable and quality machines available to the public. A quality measure Grizzly employs is locating a customer in your area and having that person discuss his experience using a Grizzly product in his home or business.


Powermatic was started by a lumber mill owner who felt he could increase his business if he planed the wood for the customers. As his business grew, so did the demand for machines available to the public market. Each product by Powermatic has its own warranty on both industrial and nonindustrial, and any service that needs to be conducted can be set up through and authorised service location near you.


Jet was started as a distributor of quality machinery and tools, but as demand grew it began to develop its own line of machines for the industry. Jet started manufacturing metalworking tools but soon branched out into the woodworking industry. Jet works with both domestic and international suppliers. Jet is one of the most easily recognisable brands for wood lathes among consumers.

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