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DC servo motor serves up greater low-speed torque
Woodturning requires torque just as much as it does speed, but with most lathes you lose torque at low speeds. Laguna's Revo lathes use brushless DC servo motors, providing greater torque in the lower speed range than typical AC- or DC-motor lathes. The tailstocks on these lathes swing away for turning large chuck-mounted pieces without having to remove the heavy tailstock. You can get a Revo lathe with either a 20" or 24" swing and 36" between centers.
Revo Wood Lathes, 20-36 (MLA REVO 20-0180), $3,300; 24-36 (MLA REVO 24-0180), $3,900
Laguna Tools, 800-234-1976, lagunatools.com
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