FAQ

FAQs about Robust Woodturning Tools

Q?

Where are Robust Lathes made?

A.

Barneveld, Wisconsin USA. We certify that by weight and value, all

Robust products are at least 85% US content. Most are greater

than 90%.

Q?

Why should I buy a Robust lathe?

A.

If you are a woodturner and like nice tools that may be reason

enough. We have a lot of unique features that you may find benefit

your turning experience. Customers often tell us the Tilt-Away is

worth its weight in gold. Because you interact with a lathe

differently than any other woodworking tool, you’ll appreciate our

attention to ergonomics. Stainless steel ways are really a plus. We

don’t skimp on any of the components. Everything is very industrial

quality and built to last. The list goes on quite a ways…

Q?

How are lathes shipped?

A.

Lathes for North America are shipped fully assembled in a full box

crate. We can arrange delivery right to your door.

Q?

Do you ship internationally?

A.

Yes. Duties, fees, taxes, etc. are the responsibility of the buyer.

There is a crating fee for international shipments.

Q?

How long does it take to get a lathe?

A.

Typically 6-8 weeks from order date to ship date, often less. Call for

a more specific estimate.

Q?

Is it better to buy direct or through one of your dealers?

A.

The price should be the same and shipping will be the same.

Sometimes dealers have stock machines that may shorten your lead

times. Some independent dealers may also include extra service,

such as a turning lesson, as part of the purchase experience.

Q?

There is no dealer in my area and I would like to see a lathe in person before purchasing. How can that be arranged?

A.

Please contact us. We probably have an owner within a reasonable

drive that would be more than happy to show off their machine.

Our existing customers are our best sales people.

Q?

How long have you been in business?

A.

We started doing market research and design in 2004. Our first

lathes were produced in 2005.

Q?

Did Robust really start in a garage?

A.

Yes.

Q?

Do you have a showroom?

A.

No, but if you make an appointment we are happy to show you

around. Because we make to order and ship right away, you’ll want

to make sure we have something on the floor to look at when you

get here. There is always some work in progress !

Q?

Do sliding headstock lathes have alignment problems?

A.

Because both the headstock and tailstock move, and both need

clearance to slide, there is always some potential for misalignment.

We make ours so that when you press both the headstock and

tailstock against the back way, the centers line up. Other factors

like having the lathe bed twisted and dirt and debris and mating

surfaces will affect alignment, just like any other lathe.

Q?

Which Robust lathe is best for me?

A.

We’re more than happy to talk to you about what you want to do

with your turning and help you pick out the right lathe for you.

Sometimes we even recommend the competition!

Q?

What is included in the seven year warranty?

A.

Everything.  All the electrical parts and all mechanical parts, including the
headstock bearings. We are the only manufacturer to warrant headstock
bearings that long.

Q?

Are tool rests really warranted for life?

A.

Yes, just send back any damaged rest and we will repair or replace

it free of charge.

Q?

Can the Tilt-Away be added later?

A.

Yes.

Q?

Can the gas shock for the Tilt- Away be added later?

A.

Yes, if you can drill and tap a hole.

Q?

Can a gas shock be fitted on the Tilt-Away for the Liberty/Sweet 16 or Independence?

A.

Because the tailstock is lighter we have not found that a gas shock

is needed on these smaller machines.

Q?

Does adding a Tilt-Away to the Sweet16 interfere with using the gap section as a bed extension?

A.

Yes. You will need to unbolt and remove the Tilt-Away if you wish

to use the gap section as a bed extension.

Q?

Can I upgrade my motor to the bigger horsepower later?

A.

Yes, but it is expensive because both the motor and the matched

drive (“inverter” or “VFD”) must be replaced.

Q?

Can the Outboard Turning Attachment be added later?

A.

Yes.  For the American Beauty, the end of the lathe is pre-drilled to accept it.
On the Liberty you will need to drill two holes.

Q?

What are the advantages of a sliding headstock?

A.

Ergonomics and access to the work. Being able to position the work

at the end of the lathe really lets you get to from a variety of angles

without putting your body in uncomfortable positions.

Q?

I am considering the Independence, but am not ready to set down full time yet. Can the Independence be raised to a comfortable height for standing?

A.

The Independence is designed to be used from the seated position.

You can raise it to about 44”, a standard lathe height. It is not

something you quickly can go back and forth on though.

Q?

I want to put my lathe in the basement. How hard is that?

A.

It’s usually a two-three person job. Click the links below to learn more.

Moving a Sweet 16

Moving an American Beauty

Q?

How do I know how high to have my lathe set up?

A.

The distance from your elbow to the floor when you are standing

normally is a good starting point. Try it there for a while and adjust

it up or down if needed if you are uncomfortable.

Q?

How heavy is the gap section of the Sweet 16?

A.

About 35 lbs.

Q?

How heavy is the tailstock on the Sweet 16, Liberty or Independence?

A.

About 35 lbs.

Q?

How heavy is the tailstock on the American Beauty?

A.

About 50 lbs.

Q?

Can I get digital readout on the American Beauty or Sweet 16?

A.

We do not offer this option, but we do include a chart in the

manual that gives you the approximate speed based on the position

of the speed control knob. It’s easy to copy and hang by your lathe.

Q?

What do I need for electrical service?

A.

For the 1.5HP 110 volt set up, any dedicated 15 amp line should be

fine. For the 2 and 3 HP models, we recommend a dedicated 20

amp, 220 volt circuit.

Q?

What plug is used on the 220 volt machines?

A.

The very common NEMA 6-20. This is the straight blade variety that

looks like a 110v plug, except one straight blade is turned 90°.

Q?

If I buy the caster kit, can I turn with the casters on the lathe?

A.

No, casters are for moving and storing the lathe only. They should

be removed when you turn.

Q?

Is it OK to bolt the lathe to the floor?

A.

Yes, so long as you don’t twist the bed.  See the manual for more.

Q?

What is an motor drive with “auto tune”?

A.

Modern motor drives (“inverter” or “VFD”) sense when the motor is

under load and change the wave form of the electricity going to the

motor to keep its speed constant – which provides full torque at all

speeds.

Q?

What else does the drive do?

A.

It allows you to run forward and reverse and vary the speed. The

dynamic braking function controls deceleration, the lathe powers to

a stop, it does not coast.

Q?

Do the lathes have a Radio Frequency Interference filter?

A.

Yes.  It is built in, not an add-on.