Craftsman Mid-Sized Lathe

WOOD magazine rating
Brand:
Craftsman
Model:
21715
Price:
$450

Description

* Item Weight: 175.0 lbs.
* Stationary, Corded
* Electric Rating: 120V AC
* Motor: 1 HP, Variable Speed
* Lathe Center Length: 38"
* Lathe Capacity: 15" [inboard], 20" [outboard]

WOOD magazine review

Powerful, but we'd like a better tool rest

Review Summary

High points: Great power for spindle and faceplate turning. Positive tool-rest and tailstock lockdown with large levers. The beefy headstock gives the feeling of a heavy-duty lathe, even with the use of some plastic components. Swiveling headstock. Low points: Ventilation hole in motor housing produces an irritating whistling sound. Accessing the indexing mechanism requires unscrewing a plastic pulley cover.
Plastic speed control knob proved uncomfortable and stiff to turn compared to a lever. Tool rest won’t go low enough to allow larger tools, such as a roughing gouge, to contact the workpiece at its centerline. The optional stand went together slowly and had one MDF panel that was too long. More points: Stand has a large (54x28") footprint.

Detailed Ratings

4.0
out of 5

Performance

5

Features

4

Ease of Use

3

Value

4

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