Thinking of getting the Shop Fox W1758? Are you thinking of taking up woodturning? Or perhaps you want to change the current machinery you have? Or maybe you are thinking that the lathe you have now is just not cutting it (pun intended). 

Whatever your reason is, choosing a lathe can be tricky business if you don’t consider the necessary things. It is necessary to think about what you will want to be woodturning. The size of your project will determine how much power you will need the lathe to have. 

Shop Fox W1758

You also need to think about the amount that you are willing to spend on the machinery. Keep in mind that you will need to buy other accessories to use along with the lathe. 

When buying a lathe that sits on its stand means that you need to have enough room to place it in, and still be able to work efficiently. Keeping the lathe away from the walls will allow you ample room to maneuver. 

The ShopFox W1758 16″ x 46″ Wood Lathe with Stand and DRO, is a wood lathe with a large capacity that will allow you to carve a variety of projects that you ordinarily wouldn’t be able to. It has a powerful 2 horsepower motor as well as a variable speed spindle. 

It also has a precision ground cast iron bed, headstock, and tailstock. It is set on heavy cast iron legs, which give it amazing stability and help enhance your woodturning skills. The optimum environment for the best woodworking. 

Aesthetics

Whilst looks are not everything, especially when it comes to machinery and tools, it does help to have something easy on the eyes. The W1758—16″ x 46″ Wood Lathe with Stand and DRO, is an all-white late, on a cast iron stand, keeping the entire machine stable and sturdy. 

The 2HP motor hangs off the end of the lathe bed, and also has a 6-Inch faceplate, MT#2 spur center, MT#2 live center and tool rest with an extension. The maximum distance between the centers, i3 46 inches. 

This is quite the imposing piece of machinery that you can not miss in any room. It is 76-1/2 inches long,  19inches wide, and  48-3/4inches high.

Looks may not always count, but this lathe gives you the confidence that it can help you deliver what you need. Woodturning does not need to be difficult or inaccurate when you have the right tools.

Performance Review

This wood lathe will be a great addition to your workshop. It is a powerful machine that gives you precision and accuracy. This is thanks to its 2 horsepower motor, with 10 speeds and a swivel board for outboard turning. 

The sturdy stand that it sits on, keeps your work grounded and this helps you get the desired result. There is no vibration with this machine and this helps you keep the work steady and smooth. 

It is a necessary and required feature when making anything that needs the precision required as when you want to make something as asymmetrical as a bowl.

This lathe is a heavy-duty machine that will easily become the staple and centerpiece of your workshop. This is easily one of the best lathes on the market. 

It has variable speeds from 600 RPM to 2400 RPM. Outboard turning is easy with this lathe and it also has a standard three-way adjustable tool rest extension. This is the feature that gives you the support that you need when you are working. 

You can easily adjust them to the height that you prefer and lock in place for safe use. You can use the tool rest extension when you need to turn the wood and the headstock is at 90 degrees. One of the advantages of this lathe is the fact that it can perform outboard turning which is a variation of faceplate turning. 

Safety

This is a reliable machine, that has a heavy-duty motor and very large capacity. This means that you will need to be careful when you are using it. Make sure to switch it off and unplug it from the power source when you are not using it. 

Even if you think you will just be stepping away for a few moments. You would rather be safe than sorry. Also, unplug it whenever you need to make any sort of adjustments. It can cause serious injury and even be fatal.

Also, make sure that you are appropriately dressed when working. This means that you need to watch out for any clothing items hanging over the lathe and running the risk of getting caught in it. Make sure everything is tucked away and out of reach. 

You also need to consider to wear personal protective equipment. This includes dust masks, which will keep out dust and other particles that can be harmful to you. 

Above all, take the time to read the manual and learn how it works so that you can take the necessary precautions and also get the work done right. This is a powerful machine that needs to be handled skillfully to avoid injury.

Who is this product ideal for?

It is important to have the necessary experience when you are working with this lathe. It is best used by trained professionals. If you are not sure how to use it, attend a class, or get a tutor to help you understand. Improper use of this machine can be very dangerous.

Pros

  • It is  a sturdy lathe
  • It can perform outboard turning.
  • It is a heavy-duty lathe that is good for larger projects
  • It has a powerful motor. 

Cons

  • It is very heavy and can not easily be moved around. 

Our Verdict

The Shop Fox W1758 16″ x 46″ Wood Lathe with Stand and DRO, is a sturdy and powerful lathe that has many features going for it.

Whilst it may seem pricey at first, it is a worthy investment and will last you for many years to come. We think it is a good buy as far as woodturning tools go. Happy shopping!

David D. Hughes
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