I am a model ship builder and now pen kit enthusiast after purchasing this beast of a small yet powerful lathe. It has been a real asset in turning the masts for my builds yet it could do so much more! what I mean is when I started looking for a small lathe to help with my modeling needs there was a few choices available to me, I could either buy the Proxxon DB 250 Micro, a Charnwood W815 Mini Woodturning Lathe or the Axminster Trade Series Precision Pro Lathe. Now the Proxxon only has a 10mm diameter and some of the masts I make are 12.5mm so its a no there, the Charnwood W815 has everything I need but the Precision Pro has a bigger motor and a better speed ratio, but it doesn’t come with a chuck
I was pulling my hair out by this time as I just couldn’t decide which one I wanted so I popped down to my local branch where I was greeted by a really nice guy who seemed to have all the time in the world to help me, I discussed my needs and with that he introduced me to the Precision Pro which I had already been looking at, this guy knows his stuff. Anyway, I did inform him that I don’t always work with round stock, does this lathe have a chuck, it was at this point he informed me that Axminster was currently working on making one for this model, I asked him three times if he was sure this was the case and roughly how long before it would be available, he informed me that it could take a good year but was adamant that one was being made, with that I was sure this was the lathe for me.
It has now been 20 months since I purchased this lathe yet still no signs of the chuck becoming available, so after reading my essay my question is this, Are you really working on a chuck for this model or was it just a sales pitch? Let me just say this though, if you do create a chuck for this model it will knock the socks off any other lathe currently available for the pen/modelmaker in my opinion.
Thanks for reading and sorry for the long winded story to finally get to the question, Have a great day.