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Excelsior Mini Lathe

Item #: 33207

Regular Price: $299.99

Special Price $199.99

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With solid cast-iron construction, a robust 1/2 hp motor and a precision-machined live center, this little workhorse rivals features found in much larger lathes.
There is an additional $20.00 shipping charge for this item.


The Excelsior 5-Speed Mini Lathe can turn bowls of almost 10" in diameter and spindles up to 17-3/4" in length, making it perfect for chair legs, small table legs and an endless array of decorative turnings. A convenient door provides easy access to the belt, along with 5 different speeds: 760, 1100, 1600, 2200 and 3200 RPM. Cast-iron body provides mass for minimal vibration, stable turning and maximum durability. To increase your spindle capacity to 38-1/2", just use the optional Mini Lathe Bed Extension (32307) (Sold Separately).

  • Powerful 1/2 HP motor
  • Solid cast iron base
  • Spur center on headstock
  • Ball-bearing live center on tailstock
  • Heavy-duty knockout bar for spur center
  • 6" tool rest
  • 3" face plate
  • 5 different speeds: 760, 1100, 1600, 2200 and 3200 RPM
  • Convenient belt access door
  • Cam-locking ratcheting adjustment levers
  • Chrome-plated hardware
  • Removable safety switch
  • Non-slip feet
  • Spindle Taper MT2
  • 1" x 8 TPI spindle

Tech Spec

Brand Excelsior
Manufacturer Part Number MC-1018
Weight (lbs) 83.0000
HP 1/2 HP
Speed Range 760 - 3200 RPM

Technical Details:

  • Distance Between Centers: 18"
  • Turning Diameter: 10"
  • Motor: 370W
  • What's included:

    (1) Excelsior 5-Speed Mini Lathe

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    Customer Reviews

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    Good tool

    Tim Posted March 14, 2014
    I bought this lathe three weeks ago after shopping them for a year. I was hooked on turning pens by a friend and did my due diligence in research. For the price this is a solid unit and the guys at my local store assured me they can support any equipment issues that may arise. I got the lathe home and out of the box. There were minor damages to the box however, due to proper packing materials the lathe was not damaged. Took about twenty minutes to look it over and double check a couple of set screws, I'm a fleet maintenance manager it's habit, plugged the lathe in and it ran as expected. Solid piece of equipment and the guys at my store have been great getting me started! Great lathe to get started with.

    My lathe arrived in good condition,...

    Jeffrey L H from Bartlett, TN Posted June 10, 2013
    My lathe arrived in good condition, except that the lower belt cover was broken (fault of the delivery company, no doubt). I fixed that and set it up. The centers aligned very nearly perfect and everything was tight. So I started turning. I have turned bowls, boxes, spindle shapes, honey dippers, lamps, and parallel sided {cylindrical} knot-tying mandrels. My widest bowl was 9 1/2" diameter! my longest piece has been just over 12". I have turned with the drive center, faceplate, glue blocks, 4-jaw scroll chuck and screw chuck. I've turned lids on jamb chucks. I've drilled holes with it. The lathe is not overly heavy and will shake a bit with an out of balance piece, but mine is not bolted down yet and it works just fine. It is not a light-weight, though, and soaks up vibration pretty well. The belt change is not automatic, but is not really that hard. Move the belt first at the end where it steps smaller, then the end where it steps larger - that works like a charm. Reach under for the bottom pulley, and through the back for the top pulley. The real problem is the covers. They should be hinged instead of requiring full removal and replacement for each speed change. They are flimsy, too, but that is not a deal breaker. I may hinge mine. I've had it a month. I've turned dozens of pieces from skinny spindle work, to bowls from heavy oak. Everyone in the family (all five of us) has turned something. I added a 4-jaw chuck, 1/2" drill chuck, and a set of round-bar rests. My only real complaint is that the motor does get hot. It does not seem to overheat, but it gets very hot and lots of dust and shavings fall on it. I keep it clean! This lathe is a good deal for the hobbiest or learner. It might even be good for more serious folks who need a smaller machine.

    Just got this lathe. Turned three...

    Guest from Cincinnati, OH Posted March 19, 2013
    Just got this lathe. Turned three projects so far over a week. Compared to other "cheap" lathes, this one seems great. and it's half the price of other popular brands. They saved money with making the headstock spindle and bolt plate from iron, making the belt change doors screw down plastic and the paint isn't glossy. It doesn't have a quick shutoff paddle type switch. These belt change doors are in the same places as all of the 4 other brands I've seen including Jet - so belt changes are equally difficult. The door likes to swing closed if you don't screw it tight again in an open position: fix - I placed a rare earth magnet on the outside of the door and when I pivot it up... it stays put. I may even permonantly replace the thumb screw hold down and glue the magnet in its place. Out of the box: The spindle alignment was off by .25mm. loosinging the headstock to rail bolts and pressing against the back rail and retightened provided EXACT alignment. The belt pullies were out of alignment by 3/8". Quick adjust with allen wrench fixed that {and would. It was oil covered as expected. I ran it in a cold (40 degree) garage every time without problems. We'll have to see if the motor gets hot in summer. It's nicely quiet, though minimally louder that the Jet mini lathes. So far it's beyond my expectation. I plan to revise this after more extensive use to see how it holds up over time.

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    What People are Saying:

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