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The Shop Fox W1704 benchtop wood turning lathe gets points for offering variable spindle speeds, as well as for its ease of use and setting up. The machine is ruggedly built and leaves the impression that it can be used for long periods of time. It comes with a great set of features for the price, and buyers praise it as one of the best lathes for beginners who seek to learn the craft. Great for turning pens, sharpening, cutting and other small-scale wood turning projects.
Some customers complain at the late arrival of parts, and there are incidental reports of machine malfunctioning shortly after being started up. This may be because the 1/3 horsepower motor is not suitable for turning larger projects.