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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.

Excelsior Mini Lathe

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Excelsior Mini Lathe

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.

  • Spur center on headstock
  • Ball-bearing live center on tailstock
  • Heavy-duty knockout bar for spur center
  • Cam-locking ratcheting adjustment levers
  • Convenient belt access door
  • Chrome-plated hardware
  • Removable safety switch
  • Non-slip feet
  • There is an additional $20.00 shipping charge for this item.
(1) Excelsior 5-Speed Mini Lathe
More Information
Brand Excelsior
Manufacturer Part Number MC-1018
Weight 80.5000
Tech Spec
  • Distance Between Centers: 18"
  • Turning Diameter: 10"
  • Motor: 370W
  • Powerful 1/2 HP motor
  • Base Material: Solid Cast Iron
  • 6" Tool Rest
  • 3" Face Plate
  • 5 different speeds: 760, 1100, 1600, 2200 and 3200 RPM
  • Spindle Taper MT2
  • 1" x 8 TPI spindle
Technical Documents
Outlet No
HP 1/2 HP
Speed Range 760 - 3200 RPM
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4.4 / 5.0
198 Reviews
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Great little machine
February 14, 2019
4 weeks ago
Woodworking Experience:
Back in the shop
The overall quality is good. Adjustments to keep a good pace of work are easy. It has been 15 years since I last used a lathe and I am very comfortable with the excelsior.
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December 21, 2018
2 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Very nice well built mini lathe.made a few duck calls and the lathe worked perfectly.
December 21, 2018
2 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Very newbie friendly
This is an excellent little lathe for a beginner to turning. It's something I've wanted to get into for a long time and this lathe was a good affordable option. Once I set it up, turning my first project was a blast.

I was using padauk and cheap quality gouges, so I had a few catches, but the motor torque is low enough that for someone new to turning those instances were not a scary experience.

Overall, the fit and function of the lathe is great and I'm very happy with this purchase.
My first ever woodturning
My first ever woodturning
December 15, 2018
Woodworking Experience:
Love this thing. What a rabbit hole you fall into once you get going with the lathe. Turned a bunch of pens and bottle stoppers so far. You end up finding projects to go and turn something. Highly recommended.
December 12, 2018
7 months ago
Enjoying my turning time
Have really been enjoying my lathe.. Looking forward to adding to my turning tools and lathe accessories. Having a chuck would be nice.
November 23, 2018
1 year ago
Woodworking Experience:
Solid mini lathe!
I recently purchased the Excelsior mini lathe with extension and am very pleased with both quality and performance. I am mainly a wood carver and occasional furniture builder and needed a way to turn some cane blanks before carving them. With the extension it made it possible to do on this small lathe. It runs very smooth and is quiet and has adequate power to turn my maple blanks. I really like it and recommend it. I made a solid stand of basic construction lumber on 3” Rockler casters for ease in moving around my small shop.
November 9, 2018
Woodworking Experience:
Excelsior Lathe
I have not turned in over 30 years. Lathe is perfect size for my shop. Lathe has tremendous capability and with all the accessories you can turn professional looking projects in a mere fraction of the time you had to spend in years past. Highly recommended for any woodworker no matter what their skill level.
Fountain pen using buckeye burl
Bud vases made from laminated walnut and hard maple
Coffee scoop using buckeye burl
November 8, 2018
Woodworking Experience:
First Lathe since high school...and love it.
Easy to set up and use. I highly recommend it. Bought the extension for larger projects.
September 21, 2018
5 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
My Excelsior Mini Lathe
I got my new Mini Lathe set up Saturday 09/15/2018. I have turned five pen blanks since then. The lathe works very well. I wished the changing of the speed was a little easier. I took some picturs of the first pictures of the first piece I turned but for some reason I can't get them to down load. I'll add some later. I turn lots of pen and pencils for gifts.
September 17, 2018
6 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
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Why did you choose this?
Rockler Store
Looks like a good tool and I can use it in my condo storeroom.
Wayne B on Feb 9, 2019
I am not familiar with this product but it looked to be the most promising. I truly hope he likes both gifts. I am taking a big chance on both. Merry Christmas to you all.
Mary Beth C on Dec 21, 2018
Looks like a good tool and I can use it in my condo storeroom.
Wayne B on Feb 9, 2019
Shopping for wood lathe. Quality of yours seems to be be better than others previously looked at. Impressed with video and advertisements. Plus this is your expertise.
Dave W on Jan 5, 2019
I am not familiar with this product but it looked to be the most promising. I truly hope he likes both gifts. I am taking a big chance on both. Merry Christmas to you all.
Mary Beth C on Dec 21, 2018
Needed another lathe,a small one, great reviews on this one.
Robert T on Dec 18, 2018
Grandson requested a lathe for Christmas. This mini lathe appears to have good reviews and seems to be expandable as his skill improves.
Husband wanting to expand his woodworking abilities
Cynthia M on Dec 14, 2018
gift for my son
Ester Jensen J on Dec 14, 2018
David M on Dec 13, 2018
Decided on this lathe because it seems to have the most solid/ good reviews.
Carl N on Dec 9, 2018
I’ve read reviews that this is a solid lathe.
Dalton N on Dec 7, 2018
Great Pricing, good reviews here and elsewhere, wonderful Customer Service. Win win win!
Robert W on Nov 30, 2018
good price
michael s on Nov 29, 2018
This is a gift for my husband who has purchased other Rockler products and he loves the quality and performance they provide.
Brenda W on Nov 29, 2018
Great price
clinton w on Nov 28, 2018
High quality, great price! Small enough to fit on my workbench and I've been wanting one for some time
John M on Nov 27, 2018
I’ve been wanting to make chess sets for a while, but never found the right lathe for the right price. This looks like it!
James W on Nov 27, 2018
My husband has wanted to learn how to turn for a long time and I finally found something he can practice on for a small price tag.
Noelle S on Nov 27, 2018
I've been wanting this and the sale price made up my mind to order it.
Deborah D on Nov 26, 2018
Watched several YouTube videos on them and said it was a good starter lathe. Price was good
Diana M on Nov 26, 2018
because of the rating
Jerry W on Nov 26, 2018
Good reviews, great sale price.
Tim S on Nov 26, 2018
Nicholas C on Nov 26, 2018
Base on good reviews.
James F on Nov 6, 2018
for my nephews
cashmoney on Oct 11, 2018
as a beginner the price was right and the reviews convinced me this would be a good lathe to start with
michael jordan J on Aug 30, 2018
My first lathe, and this is very highly reviewed.
Carl P on Aug 28, 2018
The cost was decent.
Ronald W on Aug 27, 2018
price point - for something to do when I'm too old and frail to build big things!
Sue G on Aug 22, 2018
Size seems right for the things I want to do. The price was very good. You even saved me money with your free shipping on this date... Thanks
Roland S on Aug 19, 2018
I have alway like Rockler products. Years ago I worked in a machine shop that had all Rockler metal lathes
Ray P on Aug 18, 2018
on sale
Daniel L on Aug 13, 2018
Good price and good reviews
Ronald H on Aug 11, 2018
My 11 year old son has taken a class on wood turning and has asked for a lathe for his birthday.
Jason M on Aug 10, 2018
Nice mini lathe.
John John on Aug 9, 2018
I am a beginner. I am looking for a lathe that is well made from cast iron. The system seems to have sufficient horsepower and smoothness afforded by precision bearings.
David M on Aug 6, 2018
Ronald D on Aug 6, 2018
price & capacity
James A on Aug 6, 2018
I wanted to try something new instead of watching tv all day after work I'm good with my hands I want something I can make with my hands
Jasper A on Jul 26, 2018
I have limited space. Good reviews and can be adapted for a speed control.
cerrigan c on Jul 18, 2018
Great price for what appears to be a great product.
Scott B on Jul 5, 2018
Price plus usability
alan f on Jul 5, 2018
Pricing and Quality
Charles P on Jul 5, 2018
features, price, and rockler name
Allen T F on Jul 5, 2018
This is what I was looking for and the price and shipping costs was very good
Paul R on Jul 5, 2018
Good reviews Great price
William A on Jul 4, 2018
After researching several small lathes, this one seemed best for beginners. I'm excited to add this tool to my shop, and begin woodturning!
Don V on Jun 29, 2018
I have read that it is a quality product and it is now at a great price!
Brian L H on Jun 29, 2018
Price and quality. I own this same lathe and am buying it as a gift for a family member.
Thomas K on Jun 28, 2018
Good tool for a very good price. Size appropriate.
Allan R on Jun 27, 2018
good price for a very well reviewed lathe for starter
Mrs. Jennifer M on Jun 22, 2018
Shopping for wood lathe. Quality of yours seems to be be better than others previously looked at. Impressed with video and advertisements. Plus this is your expertise.
Dave W on Jan 5, 2019
Needed another lathe,a small one, great reviews on this one.
Robert T on Dec 18, 2018
Will this fit the Excelsior Mini Lathe with the bed extension?
Rick S on Nov 29, 2015
Excelsior Mini Lathe
Excelsior Mini Lathe
Lathe Duplicator
Lathe Duplicator
Bed Extension for Excelsior Mini Lathe MC-1018
Bed Extension for Excelsior Mini Lathe MC-1018
BEST ANSWER: Sorry no, this lathe duplicator is not compatible with the Excelsior mini lathe.
Where can I get parts?? In need of tailstock bolt
Trav T on Sep 21, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Rockler does carry extra parts for the Excelsior lathe, including the tailstock bolt.
Just give us a call at 1-800-279-4441 and we can help you
What 4 jaw chuck will fit this lathe?
A shopper on May 18, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Any chuck would work as long as is has a 1" 8 TPI.
I would recommend the Nova G3 Comet II Reversible Chuck Item #: 44597
After installing the jaws on it, you can screw it onto your lathe and start turning
Can you recommend an appropriate chisel set for this lathe? I'm a complete beginner, more interested in small bowls than in pens.
A shopper on Apr 24, 2015
BEST ANSWER: In my opinion so far, these Rockler carbide turning tools are ideal for a beginner like myself. I got them on sale recently which was great! The best part is that I never have to worry about sharpening, as the cutter heads have multiple cutting surfaces you can rotate through before eventually just replacing the tip. Carbide is built to last, so I'm not concerned about having to replace the tips very often at all, but time will tell. Lots of good tools out there I'm sure, but these are great.
Mini Ergonomic Carbide Turning Tools, 3-Piece Set
Mini Ergonomic Carbide Turning Tools, 3-Piece Set
Pen-Turning Ergonomic Carbide Turning Tools, 3-Piece Set
Pen-Turning Ergonomic Carbide Turning Tools, 3-Piece Set
I have been using this lathe for several months turning small bowls and wine stoppers'. I really like the performance but am concerned by how hot the motor gets in a very short period of time. So hot you really can not touch the motor casing. Is this normal?
Eric M on May 6, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Mine gets pretty hot also but hasn't caused any problems. I sometimes turn 3 or 4 hours at a time and there has been no problem with it overheating.
will the Rockler Router Speed Control, Item 25278 work with this lathe?
Jimmy D on May 27, 2015
BEST ANSWER: The speed control 25278 is only compatible with universal motors such as a router. The lathe has an induction motor so the speed control will not work with the lathe.
Is the motor reversible?
Chuck C on May 27, 2015
\Does this larhe come with the tool rest, chuck or any other item?
Buzzard on May 24, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Yes, it has a tool rest, drive center in the head stock and a center in the tail stock. All you need to add is the turning tools and you are set to go. It does not come with a chuch, but if you watch, you can pick them up on sale.
I would like to turn vessels, specifically urns at the maximum size which I guess is 10." I wouldn't be able to turn something that big because of the banjo, so is there a way that I could use a tool rest not attached to the lathe? Can this lathe handle something that size?
Stephen R on Nov 15, 2015
BEST ANSWER: I have not tried to turn anything larger than 8" and that was tough because of the banjo size. I have heard of after market products such as you are leaning towards. Myself, I would not want to try something free standing because of potential movement. I hope this has helped.
Inside the headstock there is play of about an inch of the drive pulley going back and forth. Is it supposed to be secure??
jim H on Apr 17, 2016
BEST ANSWER: You may have to tighten the screw that holds the pulley to the headstock shaft. Mine was loose but tightening it took care of the problem.
I'm going to build a new shop table for this lathe and optional extension. How long overall is it with extension ?
Michael S on Nov 5, 2015
BEST ANSWER: The length of the lathe with the extension is 52" long and the width is 8"
I'm looking for a present for my husbands birthday. He likes to work with wood and has made some rings and other pieces using his drill.. I don't know much about this stuff so is there a specific mandrel set for this particular lathe for ring/ jewelry making I can get?
Chash on Oct 13, 2018
BEST ANSWER: This is a great beginner's lathe and it will do all the pen projects and larger ones if he would need.
Is this lathe motor able to run with an external speed control?
Joe D on Nov 29, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I don't think you should put a speed control on a AC motor. I't could over heat. You will also loose power.
What extra items do I need to drill a pen blank with this lathe?
Tberry on Apr 3, 2017

To use the lathe for drilling the pen blanks is fairly expensive. I bought a Nova G3 Woodturning Chuck and a set of Nova Pen Jaws, you’ll also need a chuck to hold the drill bit, I bought a Nova 9018 Keyed Chuck which I don’t recommend for this lathe, the spindle is too long and had to be cut to fit the tailstock.

If you are new to pen turning, I recommend this web site for really good instructions, Google pen turning tutorial.

The initial costs to turn pens is pretty steep but one you’ve made the investment, they’re fairly inexpensive to make.

Good luck!
What extras would you advise for newbie to purchase with this late. Tools, etc.?
Joseph R on Apr 2, 2017
BEST ANSWER: I am not am avid turner, turner, but I would purchase either Robert Sorby 3 piece pen turning set. If you are going to do a lot of turning I would purchase Rockler Carbide mini turning tool 3 piece. I would also purchase a Nova chuck G3. These tools should get you started off right.
Can you retrofit a variable speed controller?
Alan F on Jul 7, 2016
BEST ANSWER: You can use Penn State industry conversion kit to allow for variable speed motor and control. I have converted my lathe with this unit and love it
My lathe is running hot is that normal and ok for the motor?
A shopper on Jun 1, 2015
BEST ANSWER: I've noticed that using mine for extended periods of time will also leave the outside of the motor shield being hot as well. I haven't noticed any change in how well the machine works and I would imagine there is very little insulation to prevent the motor from heating up the outside of the motor cover. Just to be safe, I will occasionally brush any saw dust or shavings off of the top of the motor as they tend to bunch up right on top.
Which pen mandrel do i get for this lathe?
Brennan M on Dec 27, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I use the number 2 mandrel. Seems to work best with this lath and for all the pens I have made. At least that is my experience.
Does this fit on an Excelsior lathe?
Krifred on Dec 23, 2015
Excelsior Mini Lathe
Excelsior Mini Lathe
Nova Mini Step Jaw Set
Nova Mini Step Jaw Set
BEST ANSWER: Yes,these fit with the Nova G3 Insert Chuck and a 1 inch, 8tpi adapter. Alternatively, the Nova G3 Comet II Reversible Chuck, which comes with 1" 8-TPI RH/LH threading. Separately sold step Jaws comes with the necessary screws to attach to these chucks. I have used these jaws on both of the chucks mentioned above, on the Excelsior. They worked perfectly!!!
Nova G3 Comet II Reversible Chuck
Nova G3 Comet II Reversible Chuck
Nova SuperNova 2 Insert Chuck
Nova SuperNova 2 Insert Chuck
Nova Chuck Inserts/Adapters
Nova Chuck Inserts/Adapters
Can you remove dead center and put in drill chuck?
Patches S on Oct 11, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Not sure if you mean the 8 tpi head or not, but there is a live center in the tailstock. What I have used for a Jacobs chuck (drill chuck) is one that threads onto the 8 tpi headstock with reasonable success. There are other Jacobs chucks for the tailstock, but it would be stationary instead of turning like the one that threads onto the head.
Do you have spare belts available? My belt is stretched after 8 years of using my Mpower lathe
Matt G on May 17, 2017
BEST ANSWER: yes we do, in fact the belt for this is item #29424
Does this operate from standard house-hold current power (110-120v) or do I have to upgrade my power source?
Skeeter on Apr 28, 2017
BEST ANSWER: It runs on the standard electric. I have had this lathe for 2 years. Works great
what is the working voltage of this lathe is it 220vac.?
Raja v on May 11, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Hello Raja , the working voltage on this lathe is 110vac.
I would like to have a drill chuck that fits the excelsior mini lathe. Is there one available?
Elwood on Feb 14, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Here is the link to rocklers web page with the chuck and the #2 taper you will need.
Is the Excelsior robust enough for turning hard woods like pink ivory and ebony?
Carolyn P on Sep 25, 2018
BEST ANSWER: In short, yes. I have not turned pink ivory but I have turned African Blackwood, ebony and prurple heart and the lathe did not have any issues. Hope this helps.
Is there a drill chuck that will fit the tail stock for this lathe?
Jeff B on May 2, 2017
BEST ANSWER: There is. The chuck that I bought came from Lee Valley Tools. The chuck will need a tapered #2 adapter to fit the tail stock. Lee Valley Tools have both. Hope you find this helpful.
Ok...don't judge. A magazine of kids tools had a lathe for $60 with 'kids safety precautions' but we would rather buy the real tool that is sturdier and will last longer for our kids. Any comments on safety features (will be used supervised) and the other Items we need to buy to put it to use? My daughter cannot wait to make a pen! Thanks!
Heather P on Dec 1, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I believe the tool is only as safe as the user
how is this lathe compare to the Rikon 10" x 18" Pen Lathe, 70-105 by Woodcraft?
Rebekah K on Jun 7, 2016
BEST ANSWER: It's a longer lathe and has the ability to add a longer bed extension to it. Sometimes you can get the extension for free with an order of the lathe. I've had mine for over a year and really like what it can do.
The instruction manual is so basic it does not tell you where to put the belt for what speed. If you are looking at the lathe and the belt is farthest to the left is that fast or slow? The pulley on the motor is five sizes - which is slowest? Thank you.
DAVID H on Jan 21, 2016
BEST ANSWER: The diagram in the manual is basically upside down. Best way to remember it is that the larger the motor pulley, the faster the work piece will turn.
I have never owned or even used a lathe but plan to get started in making rings and ink pens. I was told when buying a mini lathe I would be sure to get one that can use a chuck for drill bits. Will this model accept a chuck for drill bits?
Patricia on Jan 7, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Yes it will. You will need to buy a #2 Morse taper and chuck. I use my a lot on the tailstock for drilling and it works very well. Just remember to pull back to help remove material when using.
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