OVERVIEW: The American Beauty lathe is a premium woodturning lathe optimized for heavy duty bowl and vessel turning. It has a sliding headstock, stainless steel ways and industrial electronics. Get it with the patented Tilt-Away for true turning pleasure. More details can be found below and on the tabs above.
ADJUSTABLE HEIGHT: The American Beauty adjusts to fit you and each leg adjusts independently. The apron that holds the legs have lips to mount a shelf for tools or to add more weight.
POWER TO SPARE: Low end torque is ensured by the vector style motor drive with auto tune. The motor drive (aka: “VFD” or “Inverter”) is housed below the lathe in the leg assembly, protected and out of the dust. Motors are high-efficiency and industrial-grade. In addition, there are two belt ranges: high speed and high torque.
CONTROL: The corded pendent controller is fitted with two rare earth magnets and can be moved anywhere on the lathe except the stainless steel ways, which are non-magnetic. You can start and stop the lathe, change direction and change speed all with this unit.
BEARINGS: We use heavy duty 6300 series which carry 40% more dynamic load than the bearings the competition uses. Because of this, we are the only lathe manufacturer to warrant the spindle bearings for a full seven years. That's two years longer than any other major lathe manufacturer warrants anything.
SPINDLE: Spindles are machined from pre-hardened 4140 Chrome Moly Steel. The bearing journals are precision ground to within 0.0003". Standard spindle size is 1 1/4" – 8 TPI. A metric spindle threaded 33 x 3.5 is also available. Spindles incorporate a safety groove for a set screw.
Here's a popular feature: locking the spindle disconnects the controls, so you can't start the lathe. So no more burnt belts.
HEADSTOCK AND TAILSTOCK: The headstock is relieved in front, allowing great access to the back of the work. The headstock and tailstock are made from cast iron poured in a US foundry and then precision CNC machined to exacting tolerances. To move them, lift the large lever, slide to the new position, and push down on the lever to lock in place. To ensure center alignment, push both against the back way when you lock them down.
INDEXING: 48 position indexing is standard.
BED CONSTRUCTION: All Robust lathes come standard with stainless steel ways. We fabricate the bed using 3/8" thick structural steel square tubing. The tube is set on the diamond – letting the chips fall away much better than a round bed or a cast bed with reinforcing ribs. Bed extensions are constructed of the same heavy materials.
TILT-AWAY: The optional and patented Tilt-Away gets the tailstock completely out of the way and allows you to quickly and easily bring it back into position. Add a gas shock and make repositioning the tailstock a one finger operation.
Stainless Steel Ways
25” Inboard Capacity, 60” Outboard
Adjustable Spindle Height
Corded Pendant Controller
2 HP Motor - 220 volt
Premium Vector Drive with Auto-Tune
Variable Speed, Forward/Reverse
3 HP upgrade - 220 volt
Patented Tilt Away
Tilt Away Gas Shock Assist
Outboard Turning Attachment
Auxiliary 110 volt power strip
The American Beauty is featured in David Ellsworth’s recent book, “Ellsworth on Woodturning“