A motorized spindle lathe is a tool that allows you to easily make some of the most intricate woodturning projects. It has been around for decades but is still gaining popularity. If you are considering purchasing a spindle lathe, you will want to know about the different types, so that you can make an informed decision.
Spindles are available in either cordless or corded models. There are pros and cons of each, depending on what type of performance you want to get out of your lathe. If you are only going to use a motorized spindle occasionally or use it at home to turn a few pieces of furniture, you can probably skip the corded model.
Cordless motors are powered by batteries. These are the same batteries you use to power your cordless telephone. The difference is that when you turn the spindle on, the motor is turned as well, not just the battery. This can be very convenient when you have many pieces of wood to turn.
You can get some really nice results using these electric motors. One thing to be aware of is that they are not recommended to be used for turning heavy objects. This is because the cords may pull the spindle off balance. Also, this type of motor does not come with a power switch, which makes using the tool very difficult if you don’t know how to reset it.
The corded motorized spindle, on the other hand, comes with a power switch. When you turn it on, it will turn off the power source. You do need to reset it if you are not using it, though. This can be done by disconnecting the power source and then turning the spindle off and then connecting it again. A power switch is available, however, so you can make sure that you do not run the risk of tripping over the cord while turning on the spindle.
Knowing the differences in the different motorized spindle types can help you choose the best one for your needs. If you spend some time looking at different models, you can find the right tool for your needs.
Another option is a manual spindle. These are easier to use, but are harder to turn with a machine that is battery operated. They work just like a regular wood lathe, with the exception that there is a lever that you use to turn the tool. The advantage of a manual spindle is that they are usually quite cheap.
If you don’t mind using batteries and you are planning on turning heavy items often, the battery powered spindle is the best choice. The downside is that they are less powerful than their corded counterparts. They are also not as portable, but that may be an option for some. If you want to use the motorized spindle more than just occasionally, the cordless versions are probably a good choice.
In short, there are several different ways to turn a spindle. Each will have its advantages and disadvantages, depending on what type of experience you want to get out of the tool.