My first lathe was a Delta mini lathe. The when I wanted something a little larger, I acquired an old Delta Rockwell lathe from a high school that closed their industrial arts department. After many years of struggling with that 1960 vintage lathe I knew I needed to upgrade. A member in my woodturning club said that if I wanted the best quality lathe around take a look at the Robust lathes. I contacted Brent English, and made an appointment to stop out and take a look at his lathes. After touring the shop and seeing the quality of workmanship that goes into his lathes, I decided to have them build a Sweet 16 lathe for me. Due to the small size of my dedicated woodturning room I ordered the short bed.
The quality and ease of operating the lathe is exceptional. The banjo and tail stock slide across the stainless-steel ways with ease. All the ergonomic handles are a real comfort to your hands. Robust lathes can definitely be passed on for generations to come.