General International 25-200 12" Wood Lathe

WOOD magazine rating
Brand:
General International
Model:
25-200 M1
Price:
$760

Description

• Quick lock control levers easily position tool-rest
• Large 12” inboard bowl turning capacity
• Stable cast-iron frame, head & tailstock to reduce chatter and vibration for smoother turning
• Maximum distance of 17 5/16” between centers
• Maximum distance of 49” between centers with optional bed extension
• Quick release lever for quick belt positioning changes
• 3 variable speed ranges: 300-900, 600-1800 & 1200-3600 RPM
• Digital spindle speed display
• 6” tool rest with sturdy 1” diameter support post
• Headstock pivots 360° with 180° positive stop for outboard turning
• Features positive spindle indexing in 10° increments - total 36 index positions

• Spindle speed: 300 - 3600 RPM
• Swing over bed: 12”
• Swing over tool rest: 9.25"
• Swing over side bed: 19.25"
• Swing over side tool rest: 16 5/8”
• Distance between centers: 17 5/16”
• Spindle thread: 1” - 8 TPI
• Tailstock through hole: 3/8” DIAMETER
• Morse taper: MT #2 (HEADSTOCK & TAILSTOCK)
• Self ejecting travel: 2 1/8”
• Tool rest: 6” (152 mm)
• Face plate: 3” (80 mm)
• Indexing positions: 36 x 10°
• Motor: 3/4 HP, 110V, 8A, 2500 RPM
• Weight: 146 lbs.

WOOD magazine review

Rotating headstock for outboard turning

Review Summary

Compared to the other five VS midi-lathes lathes I tested head-to-head, this lathe displayed average power while making parting cuts. This lathe features a 1” diameter toolrest post, which minimized some of the vibration while using its 12” toolrest. But the banjo does not lock securely, and the toolrest lock must be tightened excessively in order to prevent movement.
The tailstock moved and locked securely with only 0.003” play between the tailstock and bed at 18-3/4” between centers and 0.006” at 19-1/2”. The quill is difficult to use because the quill handle does not rotate and the keyway extends the entire length, permitting over-travel while drilling. It does have a dual scale with metric and 1/8” markings to aid in drilling. With a pivoting and sliding headstock, the centers must be aligned manually after orienting the headstock for up to 19” of outboard turning. Trying to use the outboard bed is problematic because the banjo doesn’t lock securely and the tool post extension requires the same excessive tightening as the toolrest. Although the lathe has the most indexing stops of any lathe I tested, the system is hard to use and there’s no reference point for each location. Despite the rubber feet, the lathe still vibrated some, whether or not it was clamped to the bench. Changing between speed ranges requires removing a screw (and possibly your bowl blank), but the belt is easy to adjust and the belt only slipped occasionally when making heavy cuts. The small dial on the front of the headstock easily adjusts the speeds within each range, but the posted ranges are only accurate at the low end, and the ranges actually extend much higher than stated. I liked the large paddle switch located in front of the headstock, but had to be careful not to bump it or the speed dial while leaning into the lathe during use. The digital read-out is easy to read, but differed consistently from the actual speed by about 20 rpms. The 3” faceplate accommodated #12 screws and being the heaviest lathe tested made it a bear to move around in the shop. —Tested by Brian Simmons, WOOD turning expert

Detailed Ratings

4.0
out of 5

Performance

4

Features

5

Ease of Use

3

Value

4

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