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

Item #
57746
Rating:
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Excelsior Mini Lathe with 3-Piece Rockler Carbide Pen Turning Tool Set
Excelsior Mini Lathe with 3-Piece Rockler Carbide Pen Turning Tool Set

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.
  • There is an additional $20.00 shipping charge for this item.
  • Ships directly from the manufacturer.
  • Must be shipped within 48 Contiguous United States.
  • Estimated Delivery time: 7-14 days.
  • The carrier will need to know if delivery is to a residential address (we'll ask you about that during checkout). There is no charge for this.
  • The delivery truck will need a lift gate if loading dock is not available. There is no charge for this.
  • 15% restocking fee on all returned merchandise.
  • Please call customer service before returning product.
(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
Technical Documents
4.7 / 5.0
10 Reviews
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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
2 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Intermediate
great value
great lathe and great value does what I need it to do, very stable
February 23, 2019
Purchased
2 months 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 month 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 month ago
Impressed
I am new to wood turning and so far this is a nice, easy to use beginners set!
February 7, 2019
Purchased
2 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Beginner
Best Bang For Your Buck!
I purchased this lathe and the wood turning tools for $299.99 when it was on sale. The excelsior lathe is beyond exceptional. The term "beginner lathe" suggests that you will upgrade in the future and only use this lathe as practice. That is simply untrue. The specifications of the lathe's motor suggest this lathe will last a lifetime, and will remain very useful throughout many years of turning wood. The only reason I would view this as a beginner lathe is if you later wish to turn metal, and stick to very precise tolerances. The motor gear ratios do not offer a high enough speed to turn metal, but can adequately turn even the strongest wood. I have used it to turn desert ironwood along with ebony and cherry and it has done it beautifully, with accordance to the listed limits. Also, there is some speculation that the motor doesn't offer enough hp and burns out easily, but I believe that is also untrue. I would simply stick to the specifications and read the associated documentation to determine the limits of the motor. It indicates a max swing of 10", so don't deviate from that unless you are experienced and have the wood mounted properly. If you get a carbide/stainless tool stuck between the wood and the turning guide, you can be rest assured to endure injury and burn out the motor. But that goes for ANY wood turning lathe. This is coming from a mechanical engineering bachelor's student who purchased the excelsior as a hobbyist wood-turner.
February 4, 2019
Purchased
2 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Advanced
Nice compact lathe
The lathe is compact and yet big enough for me as I am a beginner. I really enjoy working with wood and this is a great way to relax from the stress of the day.
February 4, 2019
Purchased
2 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Beginner
Excelsior Mini Lathe with 3-Piece Rockler Carbide Pen Turning Tool Set
I bought it for my 12 yr. old student. He loves it, and I think it will be a tool he will enjoy for ever. Its a well constructed tool easy to operate / user friendly.
January 21, 2019
Purchased
2 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Advanced
Nice Lathe for Beginers
Picked this unit up after years of various woodworking activity and looking to expand my skills. This Lathe is very solid and runs well with excellent spindle alignment. Bought the bed extension for full length capability and can't wait to get this set-up. Will be purchasing additional cutter tools as I expand into this new journey... Yes... it's entry level for price but good quality without having to invest $1000's for entering this woodworking category.... Highly recommend for anyone considering to start working with a lathe without spending a lot of money... Great deal during the Black Friday event since the tool came with a mini-3 tool carbide tip set for Pen turning... also picked up the Nova G3 Comet II reversible chuck at a great price... Looking forward to many projects and learning new skills with this lathe...
November 25, 2016
Woodworking Experience:
Advanced
A cheaply made product
Why would the manufacture of this product use plastic handles instead of steel? What an insult to woodworkers. The owners manual is worthless! I don't recommend it.
January 26, 2019
Purchased
2 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Intermediate
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Why did you choose this?
Rockler Store
My 16 year old son is interested in developing his lathe skills.
Katie Z on Jan 30, 2019
Price
Ned Y on Jan 23, 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
to get into turning
Patrick H on Jan 25, 2019
Interested in getting into Lathe wood turning and thought this would be a great start!
Donald B on Jan 23, 2019
Can this lathe accept a Jacobs chuck for drilling holes?
Brent M on Nov 26, 2016
Is it 240 voltage?
Rosli A on Jan 5, 2019
BEST ANSWER: This lathe operates on 110 VAC.
Can this Lathe be bolted down to a wooden work stand?
Willard H on Jan 21, 2019
BEST ANSWER: It is heavy enough on its own to withstand a large / @ 9" dia. bowl stock. I did make wood brackets that fit over and around the base, over the rubber feet and screwed them to the stand. Works great !
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.
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