Top 10 Best Variable Speed Lathes

People's Choice

These Are Some Of The Highest Rated Variable Speed Lathes Available Today
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2. Shop Fox W1704 Wood Lathe

  • (266 Points)
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In general I am very happy with the Wood Lathe! The machine is quiet and smooth as silk. So far, I'm very satisfied with this Wood Lathe. If you're a beginner, this Wood Lathe is for you. Screw the feet in place and you're good to go!

The fact is that the WEN 3421 Wood Lathe B07ZG9VTT2 was the Variable Speed Lathes that we rated most highly. That being said, there are a few other superb selections when it comes down to Variable Speed Lathes. We have a breakdown of them here.

The next in our tool break down is built by Shop Fox known to be a very highly regarded tool supplier. Shop Fox's Wood Lathes are great as well. It was fantastic to try the W1704. I was very happy using this tool!

The Shop Fox W1704 Wood Lathe, at $249.99 is a particularly excellent Lathe for the money. If you uncertain about our top choice, I'd consider the Shop Fox W1704 next. It's a first class tool at a great price.

Full Shop Fox W1704 Review

Shop Fox W1704 Features

Motor: 1/3 HP, 2 Amp, 110V, Single-phase, 60 Hz

12-inch distance between centers

8-inch swing over bed

Cast iron construction and infinitely variable speed control

Includes two tool rests

The JWL-1221VS by WMH Tool Group and the Delta FBA_46-460 are worthy of a look also. Both these tool manufactures are considered two of the top makers of high quality Lathes. both of these particular selections enjoy fantastic end user ratings as well. The JWL-1221VS received a rating of 4.4/5 as compared to 4.4/5 star rating given to the FBA_46-460 by Delta.

The JWL-1221VS by WMH Tool Group provides a few truly choice features like Unrivaled speed control. The FBA_46-460 by Delta by comparison, is hard to beat with Powerful 1 hp max, 1,725 rpm motor and even Large 12-1/2-inch swing capacity provides the largest capacity in its class. Drive spindle: 1 inch -8 RH TPI thread.

Each of these couple tools are a great decision if you're in the market for Variable Speed Lathes
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3. WMH Tool Group JWL-1221VS Wood Lathe

  • (252 Points)

It ran very smoothly with virtually zero vibrations. It pays for itself in just a few uses Can't think of anything bad on this Wood Lathe. This Wood Lathe will definitely handle heavy jobs. After reading the reviews I immediately placed my order.

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4. Delta FBA_46-460 Wood Lathe

  • (246 Points)

This Wood Lathe will definitely handle heavy jobs. If you're a beginner, this Wood Lathe is for you. I recommend that beginners buy this Wood Lathe. Easy installation and fit, works like a champ. So far, I'm very satisfied with this Wood Lathe.

Honorable Mentions

There are several more exceptional Variable Speed Lathes for sale. Here are a few to select from if the selections rated above don't be a good fit for you. We found a number of terrific Lathes throughout our review. Through exhaustive analysis and testing, the options mentioned above are our preferred Lathes. However, the Lathes shown below deliver some unique features and are all premium Variable Speed Lathes.

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5. Teknatool International 46300 Wood Lathe

  • (172 Points)

Zero vibrations even without being bolted down. This is one awesome Wood Lathe and well built. Overall, it runs smooth and is a great machine. Took only a few tries before I mastered it. I am a seasoned woodworker and it impressed me.

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6. Powermatic 1352001 Wood Lathe

  • (40 Points)

After reading the reviews I immediately placed my order. This Wood Lathe will definitely handle heavy jobs. A nice upgrade from my old Wood Lathe. It functions very well, quiet, no vibrations. The Wood Lathe was delivered in great shape .

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7. Grizzly T25920 Wood Lathe

  • (34 Points)

In general I am very happy with the Wood Lathe! The motor has a lot of power. I simply plugged it, and it's ready to go. The motor has a lot of power. Overall I’m very satisfied with this Wood Lathe.

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8. Laguna Tools REVO1836-110 Wood Lathe

  • (33 Points)

I am a seasoned woodworker and it impressed me. In my honest opinion, there's no better Wood Lathe for the money. Using it with the right tool can do a fine job. It pays for itself in just a few uses Has been a very reliable and fun little machine.

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9. Mophorn B07KP6SD8V Wood Lathe

  • (31 Points)

I would recommend this to all my friends and family. Have used it quite a bit and like what I have. You can easily sand, and work from it closely. All in all, I am glad I bought this Wood Lathe. Zero vibrations even without being bolted down.

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10. PSI Woodworking Products KWL-1018VS Wood Lathe

  • (27 Points)

I was really pleased with this Wood Lathe. Shipping was on time and the powerful. So far, I'm very satisfied with this Wood Lathe. All in all, I am glad I bought this Wood Lathe. A very good price for any Wood Lathe.