Sweet 16 - "Compact Capacity"

It’s not easy to improve something as good as our Sweet 16 lathe, but we listened and made a few changes we think you’ll like.  We’ve added digital readout and moved the bolts that attach the gap section to a more convenient spot on top. Our improved caster design keeps the casters on the lathe and engage with a flip of a lever.  Learn more by reading below and clicking on the tabs above.

REMOVABLE GAP: 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 Sweet 16 video demonstrates these features in action.

BED DETAILS: The S16 is available with a Short, Standard or Long bed. Like our other lathes, it adjusts to your height.  Ways are stainless steel.

MOTORS: All motors are high efficiency and industrial grade. The standard 1-1/2 HP motor can be wired either 110 or 220 volt. If you have 220v available, most people opt for the 2HP motor.  There is no belt changing and the RPM range is 50-2900

DRIVE: The USA made VFD (aka "Inverter") is mounted on the left side of the headstock and displays the spindle RPM.  . 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.

SPINDLE DETAILS:  The spindle is machined from pre-hardened 4140 Chrome Moly Steel and threaded 1 1/4 x 8 TPI.  A metric version is also availalbe.  Locking the spindle disconnects the controls, so no more burnt belts if you try to start the lathe with the spindle lock engaged.  48 position indexing is standard.


Removable gap section to increase diameter and length capacity
Digital RPM readout
Adjustable Spindle Height
Corded Pendant Controller with Variable Speed, Forward/Reverse and Stop
1.5 HP/110 or 220 volt  or  2.0 HP 220 volt
Premium Vector Drive with Auto-Tune
Graduated Quill


Short, Standard or Long Bed
Auxiliary 110 volt outlet
Tool & Tailstock Rack
Vacuum Adapter
Caster Kit
Bed Extension