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General International 25-200M1 Variable Speed Maxi-Lathe VS +

3.7 out of 5 stars 7 customer reviews

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  • Stable cast-iron frame, head and tailstock for smooth vibration-free turning
  • 3 variable speed ranges with quick change belt tension lever - 300-900, 600-1800 and 1200-3600-RPM
  • Headstock pivots 360-degree with 180-degree positive stop for outboard turning
  • Spindle thread 1-inch by 8 TPI
  • Digital spindle speed display
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Product Description

Product Description

With its 12 In. swing over bed, electronically controlled variable speed and pivoting head for outboard turning, the 25-200 M1 maxi-lathe VS + is loaded with features, making it an attractive option for those looking for a high quality starter to advanced bench top lathe for precision turning. With a 17-1/4 In. capacity between centers, live and spur centers installed, a full cast-iron bed, head and tail stock for smooth vibration-free performance, and 36 positive indexing positions at 10 degree increments, for reeding and fluting, the 25-200 M1 is equipped with a 3/4 HP 110 Volt motor, and digital spindle speed display providing all the versatility needed for most small to medium sized turning projects, no matter your skill level. Included accessories: number 2 Mortiser taper live center and spur center, 3 In. face plate, tool rest with extension post, for outboard turning, knockout bar

From the Manufacturer

With its 12-inch swing over bed, electronically controlled variable speed and pivoting head for outboard turning, the General International model 25-200 M1 Maxi-Lathe VS + is loaded with features, making it an attractive option for those looking for a high quality starter to advanced bench top lathe for precision turning. With a 17-1/4 inch capacity between centers, with live and spur centers installed, a full cast-iron bed, head and tailstock for smooth vibration-free performance, and 36 positive indexing positions at 10 degree increments, for reeding and fluting, the 25-200 M1 is equipped with a ¾ HP 110 volt motor, and digital spindle speed display providing all the versatility needed for most small to medium sized turning projects, no matter your skill level. Included accessories: number 2 Morse taper live center and spur center, 3-inch face plate, tool rest with extension post, for outboard turning, knockout bar, and safety glasses. Note: expand distance between centers to 49-inches with optional bed extension, item number 25-205.

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Technical Details

Part Number 25200M1
Item Weight 144 pounds
Product Dimensions 36 x 19.5 x 17 inches
Item model number 25200M1
Color Green
Power Source corded-electric
Warranty Description All products not covered by our lifetime warranty including products used in commercial, industrial and educational applications are warranted for a period of 2 years (24 months) from the date of purchase.

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ASIN B002KHNLZC
Customer Reviews
3.7 out of 5 stars 7 customer reviews

3.7 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #950,990 in Home Improvements (See top 100)
#82 in Home Improvement > Power & Hand Tools > Power Tools > Lathes > Wood Lathes
Shipping Weight 144 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
Date First Available August 19, 2009

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By N. Calhoun on October 18, 2011
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This is my first lathe and as usual, I went overboard for a novice and bought the best I could possibly afford...in this case...a General. I wish it was made in North America but at this entry level, I guess the only way they can make a profit is to manufacture in China. Lathe came on a pallet shipped and delivered curb side. Packaging was good, everything was right where it should have been and in pristine condition. Its a heavy sucker...get help lifting or good health insurance. I put it on bench by myself and I regretted it.

General does not throw in a bunch of extras which would help some of us swallow the big price tag for a midi lathe but its got 2 great features, one that simply is not found in this class.

1.) Swivel head stock. If all you plan to do is turn small diameter objects (< 10") this is a waste. But if you want to go bigger, you can pull a spring-loaded pin on the front of the headstock and rotate it 90 or 180 degrees. Notice the motor is mounted to the headstock to allow for this and keeps the drive belt very short. In the 180 position, you can now go much bigger with whatever you want to turn. I didn't see this in any other lathes around same price point.

2.) The electronic display for variable speed is great. You still have to move the belt (which is pretty easy) to get into the desired speed "bin" but once there, the front knob works great to dial in exact RPM. Its great when applying a finish to pens as you can start at a low speed and then ramp up as the CA is setting to get more friction.

Couple negatives...
Should come with a work lamp or tool holder, nicer safety glasses, a face shield ...throw me a bone here. Something to make the ~ $700 easier to part with.
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It's seems potentually to be a very nice lathe but General International's problems remain related to the electronic variable speed control. It was totally bad on my part to assume the problems were ironed out by now. In my defence, In my research, I talked to an area distributor and they said they don't hear of that problem anymore. So, I purchased a new one in Dercember 2013. Well a day ago mine shut down while turning a tool handle and now has intermittent start issues. Generals customer service seems great and have sent a complete replacement headstock assy. In conversation with their tech. support they have "not" addressed the engineering issues within the speed controll and they state the problems will carry on through to the replacement parts. So yes, at this point in time they are sending you parts which will have the clock ticking for the same failure. Since they haven't fixed the issue by now I don't think they plan to. That doesn't give you a good feeling at all knowing the warranty is for 2 years on the electronic components of the lathe for the original owner. So until you stop seeing reviews like this one keep your money in your pocket. New or used. Don't do it!!
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I just burnt up my 3rd power supply. When It works, it works great, but I have spent much time repairing the electronics. While you can turn up to a 10 inch diameter, I dont recommend it for it is under powered. For pens it would be great if you can keep the speed control from burining up. At this time, i will buy an aftermarket power supply to repair it. The adjustable speed is nice but not worth the headaches.
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Pro: silent and smooth speed control. Good design and construction, pleasant to use.

Con:
- Live center tip was bent
- I can't get the hand wheel on the headstock centered
- The packaging was destroyed by the time it arrived, and it cracked the plastic electrical box on the back.
- Toolrest is too short, can be hard to slide to the side.
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