Ridgid Wood Lathe

WOOD magazine rating
Brand:
Ridgid
Model:
WL1200LS
Price:
$300

Description

Motor: 1/2 HP Induction, 120V AC
Spindle Diameter: 3/4" x 16 TPI
Bed Type: Tubular Steel
4 Speeds: 875, 1350, 2250, 3450
Heavy Duty Stand with Mounting Platform Capacities: Yes
Swing Over Tube (Bowl Diameter): 12"
Swing Over Tool Rest (Spindle): 7.75"
Between Centers: 37"
Shipping Weight: 149 lbs.

WOOD magazine review

Low price, light-duty lathe

Review Summary

High points: Affordably priced. Tenacious tailstock grip. Second-quietest tested, at 73 db. Low points: Lacks power and capacity for turning large-diameter bowls. A small spindle and #1 Morse taper limit the availability of aftermarket accessories.Awkward tool-rest adjustment due to cumbersome handles. Changing speeds requires removal of plastic cover to expose step pulleys, and there’s no tension release for the belt. Excessive vibration, attributable in part to the machine’s light weight.
The 58×30" footprint is the largest in the test. More points: Though adjustments are cumbersome, this lathe functioned well considering its low price and light-duty design.

Detailed Ratings

3.5
out of 5

Performance

3

Features

4

Ease of Use

3

Value

4

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