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R3 Lathe Variable Speed - 355mm x 510mm

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With class-leading spindle concentricity, this lathe features exceptionally low levels of vibration and noise, even at maximum speed and under full load. Powered by a reversible, high torque motor, you can turn bowls up to 355mm and spindles up to 510mm. The three step pulley and variable speed control allow you to fine tune the speed to suit small, medium and large turnings.
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R3 Lathe Variable Speed - 355mm x 510mm
Regular price £795.00
Regular price £0.00Sale price £795.00
  • 3 Year Warranty
  • Larger turning capacity, for spindles up to 510mm and bowls up to 355mm
  • Powered by an ultra-quiet 750w high torque, DC brush motor
  • Electronic variable speed control to suit small, medium and large turnings
  • Class leading spindle concentricity, running on extra wide, sealed for life roller bearings
  • Precision CNC machined castings ensure vibration-free turning
This premium performance lathe is favoured by both professional and discerning home woodturners, as it features class-leading levels of concentricity, electronic variable speed control, reverse action, an ultra quiet DC motor and a vibration dampening system. Weighing in at 57kg, the vibration level on this lathe is exceptionally low, due to the heavy duty grey iron castings which have the mass needed to dampen and absorb vibration. The castings are CNC machined to exacting tolerances to ensure perfect alignment of the headstock and tailstock and the bed is CNC machined and brush finished to allow for smooth movement of the banjo and tailstock.

The drive spindle is precisely aligned and runs in large roller bearings to ensure class-leading concentricity. The drive spindle has a M33 x 3.5mm thread with a No 2 morse taper to accept industry standard chucks and fitments. The tailstock has No 2 morse taper which is hollowed out to accept drill bits when turning lampstands that require electric cable to be passed through. You can turn bowls up to 355mm and spindles up to 510mm , which can be extended to 1120mm with the optional bed extension. The lathe is powered by a high torque, DC brush motor which is whisper quiet in use, even at maximum speed and under full load.

A non-slip poly V belt efficiently transmits power from the motor whilst the motor controller automatically increases the level of torque to maintain the speed, as load on the workpiece is increased. The step pulleys, in conjunction with the variable speed control results in three speed ranges of 250 to 720rpm, 600 to 1700rpm and 1200 to 3550rpm, enabling fine tuning of speed to suit delicate work, larger diameters and out of balance work pieces. The LED digital read-out of the spindle speed helps control your work and is positioned on the tailstock to offer perfect visibility. The reverse rotation is ideal for sanding and polishing when final finishing. The 24 stop indexing facility, features a spring loaded indent pin to securely lock the spindle into position which is an invaluable aid in laying out equally-spaced lines on a turning. All of the adjustment handles are ergonomic and can be locked off to prevent obstruction with the turning tool.

The lathe comes complete with a revolving centre, four prong centre, face plate, tool holder knock out rod and spindle locking wrenches . This lathe is ideal for turning bowls, platters, goblets, vases, egg cups, pens, lamp stands. This is a premium build lathe, which will give years of vibration free, quiet, powerful and controlled turning. ©
  • BrandRutlands®
  • Product CodeR2106
  • Voltage230V
  • Power750W
  • Dimensions1050mm x 400mm x 480mm
  • Weight57kg
  • Variable Speed Ranges3
  • Variable Speed Range250 to 720rpm, 600 to 1,700rpm and 1,200 to 3,550rpm
  • Diameter Over Bed355mm
  • Distance Between Centres510mm
  • Distance Between Centres with Optional Bed Extension1120mm
  • Spindle ThreadM33 x 3.5mm
  • Taper HeadstockNo. 2 MT
  • Taper TailstockNo. 2 MT
  • Tailstock Barrel Travel70mm
  • Tool Rest Stem Diameter25.4mm
  • Tool Rest Length203mm

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Customer Reviews

Based on 10 reviews
Bob W.
What I Expected

This particular lathe was recommended to me by a veteran woodturner at our local men's shed. He has one himself and has over 50 years experience so I took the plunge and ordered from Rutlands. I am just starting my turning hobby and I am more than happy with the lathe, it has done everything I have asked for it and I am surprising myself with the results I am getting, I guess the quality of the lathe is making a difference to my finished products.

Iain G.

Very easy to setup with clear instructions, I have turned a range of items, small to large, and I am surprised at how quiet it is. The digital readout is useful and saves heaps of time adjusting belts and stop/starting work. It has sufficient power for the larger items I have turned. A very solid machine that I would definitely recommend.

Jason H.
Excellent Product

I really like this lathe, the Rultands product is worth the money. The adjustable speed is so nice as well as the reverse option for sanding. Delivered the next day in two boxes but easy to set up, I was turning within an hour of delivery! Very quiet and very smooth.

Nick S.
First lathe and Im mightily impressed

First lathe and Im mightily impressed. Im enjoying the steep learning curve that comes with wood turning and feel as though any hitches must be operator error, as this is a professional bit of kit in every sense of the word. Im a big fan of the all black finish, as this looks quite striking in person and is far removed from the toy look (multi coloured paint jobs) which other manufacturers opt for.

George L.
I was impressed from the moment I started

I was impressed from the moment I started to unbox this lathe. It was extremely well packed in a polystyrene mould, there were no chips or damage to the paint surface and all I had to do was plug and go. I have had two other lathes in the past and neither compare to this. It is remarkably quiet and simply purrs when you turn the speed dial. I balanced a penny coin on the headstock, that's how smooth it is. It is in a different class to any other lathe I have owned. It looks very similar to the Rikon lathe sold in America. I have turned a couple of bowls out of Bubinga and I am delighted with the finish. It really is an excellent lathe.

R3 Lathe Variable Speed - 355mm x 510mm

Class leading concentricity

The precisely aligned drive spindle runs on extra wide, sealed for life roller bearings.

R3 Lathe Variable Speed - 355mm x 510mm

R3 Lathe Variable Speed - 355mm x 510mm

R3 Lathe Variable Speed - 355mm x 510mm

R3 Lathe Variable Speed - 355mm x 510mm

R3 Lathe Variable Speed - 355mm x 510mm

R3 Lathe Variable Speed - 355mm x 510mm