Review

With Laguna’s Platinum Series 18-47 lathe you can turn a workpiece up to 18" in diameter and 47" long.
Despite turning a piece that large, I couldn’t bog down its 2-hp, 220-volt motor no matter how hard I tried. I like its digital readout and electronic variable speed that ranges from zero to 3,200 rpm. And when finished shaping a workpiece, its reverse feature comes in handy: I was able to sand smoother than in just the forward rotation. The heavy-duty cast-iron legs and ways (500 lbs total weight) eliminated vibration, even when I roughed out a near-capacity bowl blank. This machine sports many big-lathe features, including a 1-1/4"×8 tpi headstock spindle and 36 indexing stops, for a mid-size price. However, there’s no handwheel on the headstock, and the locks for the headstock and tailstock sit on the back side of each, making it difficult to reach over to make adjustments. And it comes with a 6" faceplate, which works well for large turnings, but is just too big for medium to small bowls and vessels. —Tested by Marlen Kemmet

Product

Performance

4
Average: 4 (1 vote)

Features

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Average: 4 (1 vote)

Ease of Use

4
Average: 4 (1 vote)

Value

4
Average: 4 (1 vote)
4.0
out of 5