16 Apr A Small, Portable, Variable Speed Pen and Miniature Turning Lathe from Grizzly
The new T32536 lathe has a 4” swing, so it can handle bowls up to 8” in diameter, and that makes this the most compact lathe in the Grizzly catalog. And there’s 13” between centers to hold pen mandrels. It has cast-iron construction, a 5-3/4″ faceplate and two interchangeable 4-1/4″ and 7″ tool rests with 12mm posts. The tailstock has an MT#1 taper, a fine adjustment knob, and a cam-action clamp for positioning along the bed. A turner can adjust the variable-speed range between 750 and 3200 RPM by just twisting a knob. The lathe has extra-large knurled spindle and tailstock knobs that help provide an ergonomic grip for manually rotating your workpiece and changing out centers – a real boon for older hands. The quill travel is 1-3/8”.
The lathe has a 1/3 HP motor (single phase, 110 Volt, 3.2 Amps). The clearance over the tool rest base is 2-1/2”, which delivers a 5” swing. The spindle has ¾” x 16 TPI right-hand threading, and both the head and tail stock tapers are #1 Morse. The lathe weighs in at 41 lbs (52 lbs. shipping weight), and its overall dimensions are 29″ W x 10-1/2″ D x 13″ H. Those specs make it ideal for traveling in an RV, or perhaps doing demos at shows. The company says that “its small size makes it perfect for hobbyists, wood-turning beginners, and anyone limited to small workspaces, such as apartments or crammed garages.”
There’s a safety paddle with a removable key for child safety, and the machine comes with a spur center, a live center, the two tool rests and the faceplate. It has shielded and permanently lubricated bearings. Included accessories are a knockout tool plus three wrenches.
The T32536 also comes with a 1-year warranty which covers parts and factory defects. It was made in an ISO 9001 factory in China and is ETL certified (Electrical Testing Laboratories is based in the U.K. and is the testing and certification division of Intertek Testing Laboratories). ISO (the International Organization for Standardization) is an independent, non-governmental, international organization that develops standards to ensure the quality, safety, and efficiency of products, services, and systems.
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