The main feature of the S16 is its removable bed section. Removing the section creates a gap to let you turn a bowl or platter up to 32". Moving the section to the end of the lathe increases spindle turning capacity by 14".
The animation in the slide show on this page demonstrates how the moving the bed section reconfigures a Sweet 16 lathe to turn larger diameters and longer spindles. The Sweet 16 video demonstrates these features in action.
The S16 is available with a Short, Standard or Long bed. Like our other lathes, it adjusts to your height.
The motor drive (aka: "VFD" or "Inverter") lives behind the black panel that doubles as a tool rack. Another tool rack is built into the top of the headstock.
The Sweet 16 is available with a 1-1/2 HP motor in either 110 or 220 volt. A 2HP motor is also available in 220 volt only.
Locking the spindle disconnects the controls, so no more burnt belts if you try to start the lathe with the spindle lock engaged.
There is no belt changing with the variable speed Sweet 16. Low end torque is ensured the use of a vector style motor drive and further augmented by using a smaller pulley on the motor than on the spindle. High end speed (2900 RPM) is derived electronically.
48 position indexing is standard and accessed from inside the headstock as shown in the picture.
We use the same spindle on the Sweet 16 that is used on the larger American Beauty.
The Sweet 16 has:
Removable gap section to increase diameter and length capacity
Adjustable Spindle Height
Corded Pendant Controller
1.5 HP/110 or 220 volt or 2.0 HP 220 volt
Premium Vector Drive with Auto-Tune
Variable Speed, Forward/Reverse
Short, Standard or Long Bed
Auxiliary 110 volt outlet
Tool Caddy/Tailstock Rack
Watch the video or download the spec sheet to learn how to move the gap to the side and turn a 32” bowl or platter in one set up. You can also move the gap to the end for long spindles.
THE SWEET 16 TILT-AWAY™
While needed for so many operations, tailstocks are often in the way when turning bowls, vessels and boxes. The normal solution: take it off and try to find a clean spot that isn’t also a trip hazard. That's the easy part. Getting a heavy tailstock back on your lathe quickly and safely can be a chore.
That's why we invented and patented the remarkable Tilt-Away™, a COMPLETE solution that gets the tailstock out of the way, stores it, and quickly repositions it - PLUS gives you added spindle turning capacity.
The Sweet 16 Tilt Away is ambidextrous and can be used to place the tailstock to the front or back of the lathe. To use it, simply slide the tailstock onto the Tilt-Away and lock it down. Release the Tilt-Away locking lever, pull out the locating pin and tilt the tailstock to the front or back. Now the tailstock is COMPLETELY out of the way. To put your tailstock back in position, simply reverse the procedure.
PLEASE NOTE: adding the Tilt-Away to the S16 negates easily using the gap section as a bed extension.