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Excelsior Mini Lathe with 3-Piece Rockler Carbide Pen Turning Tool Set

Item #
57746
Rating:
96% of 100

Excelsior 5-Speed Mini Lathe

With solid cast-iron construction, a robust 1/2 hp motor and a precision-machined live center, the features of the Excelsior 5-Speed Mini Lathe rival those found in much larger lathes. It 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).


Rockler 3-Piece Carbide Pen Turning Tool Set

At only 9-1/2'' long, these tools are the perfect size for turning pens, bottle stoppers and other small items. Carbide cutters can be easily rotated to expose a fresh edge. The set includes one high speed steel 1/8'' parting tool, and two tools with replaceable carbide cutters: a 1/2'' round cutter and a 1/2'' square cutter with a 2'' radius that produces an exceptionally smooth finish cut. Handles are solid ash encased in thick, molded rubber for excellent ergonomics and a sure grip.

Features:

  • Total overall length of Pen Turning Tools is approximately 9-1/2''.
  • Ash handles are 6-1/2'' long from the butt of the handle to the top of the ferrule.
  • Length of the shaft is approximately 3''.
  • Round cutter head is used for roughing out the blank and general turning.
  • The radius square cutter is ideal for smooth finishing cuts, where it's slight radius helps reduce the risk of gouging.
  • Use the 1/8'' parting tool for parting off, and for creating grooves.
  • Carbide cutters are not interchangeable between the different tools.
  • When replacing the carbide insert for the Radius Square Cutter, use SR1 47377) only. This tool will not accept a standard square cutter.
(1) Excelsior Mini Lathe
(1) 1/2" Round Carbide Pen Turning Tool
(1) 1/2" Square (with 2" Radius) Carbide Pen Turning Tool
(1) High Speed Steel 1/8" Pen Parting Tool
(1) Wrench
(1) Case
More Information
Weight 84.6000
Tech Spec
  • 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
4.8 / 5.0
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Excessive lathe and pen tools
I love the lathe and the pen turning tools are nice for doing pens but I love my full size tools for doing anything other than pens. Built a table for the lathe and tools and already spent a ton of hours turning.
My lathe table.
My lathe table.
February 12, 2020
Purchased
5 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Advanced
Excellent for a first lathe
Excellent starter lathe - the adjustments are easy to do, and it's straightforward to get a smug hold. The tools add tremendous value, too.

I do wish it were simpler to adjust speed, but I can't complain for the price point.
February 7, 2020
Purchased
6 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Beginner
Very Good
Just starting out, found this lathe to be exactly what I needed without having to break the bank. Does exactly as advertised.
January 31, 2020
Purchased
6 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Beginner
Jealous father
This is my second excelsior lathe. I bought one a while back and loved it. My father also decided he loved it but doesn’t know how to order stuff online so he made me order this one for him. The tools that came with it seem to be of excellent quality and my father is absolutely loving his new hobby.
June 5, 2019
Purchased
1 year ago
Woodworking Experience:
Intermediate
Just right
Perfect for my project, now I'm turning ash firewood into handles for everything. Pretty fun, fits my bench and works very well.
May 14, 2019
Purchased
1 year ago
Woodworking Experience:
Intermediate
Great starter set
This is my first lathe and with a few more pieces it makes a fantastic starter set to turn pens and other small items. It is a great value and I am thrilled with my purchase.
March 9, 2019
Purchased
1 year ago
Woodworking Experience:
Intermediate
great value
great lathe and great value does what I need it to do, very stable
February 23, 2019
Purchased
1 year ago
Woodworking Experience:
Advanced
I am new to wood turning, but a long time woodworker.
I am new to wood turning, but a long time woodworker. The lathe has worked well for me right out of the box. The first attempts were a little rough but more recent items have been much better, leading me to believe that the lathe is good quality.
February 20, 2019
Purchased
1 year ago
Woodworking Experience:
Intermediate
Did a whole lot of research and ended up with the Excelsior. Highly recommend this lathe to anyone looking to get into wood turning, truly awesome
February 15, 2019
Purchased
1 year ago
Impressed
I am new to wood turning and so far this is a nice, easy to use beginners set!
February 7, 2019
Purchased
1 year ago
Woodworking Experience:
Beginner
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Why did you choose this?
Rockler Store
Looks like a good starter lathe. And the included tool set really added to the value.
Jeremiah D on Jan 26, 2020
Just getting into woodworking and I thought this would be a good starter lathe. I also liked the reviews and the price.
Jesse H on Jan 23, 2020
Looks like a good starter lathe. And the included tool set really added to the value.
Jeremiah D on Jan 26, 2020
Great price! I have used this lathe at my friends,shop and loved it!
Cheryl W on Jan 26, 2020
Just getting into woodworking and I thought this would be a good starter lathe. I also liked the reviews and the price.
Jesse H on Jan 23, 2020
on sale
Bill V on Jan 22, 2020
Good reviews
Timothy B on Jan 19, 2020
A great price for a new woodworker!
Lisa J on Jan 13, 2020
In need of a new lathe to replace my old one and this one meet all of the requirements and was the best price
Chris n on Jan 13, 2020
on sale, good reviews, great for beginners.
Christopher H on Jan 10, 2020
Good reviews and it was on sale
Charles L on Jan 4, 2020
Learn how to turn pens. Also cost of product and name of Rockler
Robert M on Jan 3, 2020
It fit our budged and Rockler always has good products
Diane C on Jan 1, 2020
Wanted to start turning wood.
Jonathan C on May 20, 2019
My 16 year old son is interested in developing his lathe skills.
Katie Z on Jan 30, 2019
to get into turning
Patrick H on Jan 25, 2019
Price
Ned Y on Jan 23, 2019
Interested in getting into Lathe wood turning and thought this would be a great start!
Donald B on Jan 23, 2019
I've been looking at the Excelsior for a long time after doing some research and finding that it seem to fit my needs of an entry level lathe; a balance of quality/accuracy and cost. It may not have all the bells and whistles of some of the other mini lathes on the market but I'm not sure how much I'll use it outside of one very important project I need it for so I didn't want to over invest right out the gate.
Beau T on Jan 10, 2019
I think it will be an excellent tool to start a young woodworker on.
Ron M on Jan 3, 2019
Needed an additional lathe at my work.
Darius B on Jan 2, 2019
to add to my items to my inventory sale items
Gordon K on Nov 30, 2016
Excellent Price!!
PHILLIP C on Nov 24, 2016
Great price! I have used this lathe at my friends,shop and loved it!
Cheryl W on Jan 26, 2020
on sale
Bill V on Jan 22, 2020
Can this lathe accept a Jacobs chuck for drilling holes?
Brent M on Nov 26, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Yes. Get a #2
Is it 240 voltage?
Rosli A on Jan 5, 2019
BEST ANSWER: This lathe operates on 110 VAC.
I want to start wood turning, so would this be a good starter lathe to make small projects such as ice cream handles, cake handles and pen turning?
Brandon on Jan 25, 2020
BEST ANSWER: I think that decisions about lathes are rather complex. Frequent considerations are cost, size and complexity. I believe that, if you have the room and possibly more money, you should consider a larger lathe, in case you might eventually move on to larger objects. (I own a larger lathe and bought this one because it is semi-portable). If you are just beginning, I would advise you to take a basic turning class, with the idea that it could give you perspective on the possible long-term turning goals that you might eventually develop.
Can this Lathe be bolted down to a wooden work stand?
Willard H on Jan 21, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Yes it could, using a 5/16 bolt.
what else do you need to turn a wood bowl?
Bob LaBove on Jan 24, 2020
BEST ANSWER: A scroll chuck is helpful but not entirely necessary. A longer tool is helpful but you can get a bowl with the tools provided. Keep in mind that on a smaller lathe like this you will not be able to make large bowls due to the limitations of the swing.
What size Morse taper do I need for a drill chuck on this lathe?
David C on May 23, 2019
BEST ANSWER: This lathe is Morse Taper 2
When I move the belt down for lower speed the belt stays loose, and the motor is as low as it can go? How can i tighten the belt?
Leann G on Feb 4, 2019
BEST ANSWER: I would advise verifying that the belt has moved equally on both the upper and lower pulleys. The total distance that the belt should have to cover should remain unchanged, only the ratio of the pulley sizes should be different. I tend to find it easiest to first move whichever side needs to go to the smaller pulley, and then move the other one to the larger pulley, after that the motor should be able to take up the slack with room to spare.
Is there anything not included with this sale that is included in the standard mini lathe posting?
Christopher H on Jan 9, 2020
BEST ANSWER: This special offer incorporates all of the normally-included components of the lathe as well as the Rockler Carbide Pen Turning Set.