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Harbor Freight has a New Woodworking Lathe

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Harbor Freight launched a new Central Machinery 10″ x 18″ woodworking lathe, featuring a 1/2 HP motor, cast iron construction, and tool-free speed changes.

Harbor Freight’s user manual describes the lathe as a 5-speed wood pen lathe, but their marketing images show it off being used to make wood bowls and other common wood-turning projects.

Harbor Freight Central Machinery 10x18 Woodworking Lathe

The new Harbor Freight Central Machinery lathe comes with a 3-inch faceplate, 6-inch tool rest, knockout bar, live center, spur center, accessory holder, and hex wrenches.

Key Features & Specifications

  • 1/2 HP motor
  • 10″ diameter and 18″ length capacity
  • Belt driven spindle
  • 5 speeds: 760, 1100, 1600, 2200, and 3200 RPM
  • Tool-free speed changes
  • Cast iron construction
  • 33-3/4″ overall length x 9-1/2″ width x 14-3/4″ height
  • 1-3/4″ quill travel
  • Weighs 77 lbs
  • ETL certification

Price: $300


This looks to be a competitive wood lathe, and I was impressed more with the presentation than the feature set.