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Woodfast M910-V WoodLathe

Discussion in 'Newbie' started by Jon Minerich, Jul 3, 2012.

  1. Jon Minerich

    Jon Minerich

    Dec 26, 2011
    Biloxi, Mississippi
    Hello Folks,

    A fellow up the road from me is selling a Woodfast M910-V lathe that he bought new from Craft Supplies in 1998. I haven't talked with him yet, but at $1900 seems to be priced right.

    Ode, from your postings you speak highly about your Woodfast. So I am thinking this might be the last lathe I will ever have to buy. Any tips when buying a used one? Does the price sound right?

    How about the rest of you guys. Any advice on buying a used lathe?

    Thanks in advance.

  2. hockenbery

    hockenbery AAW Advisor Staff Member

    Apr 27, 2004
    Lakeland, Florida
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    We have a 20" long bed Woodfast with variable speed we bought from craft supplies in 1995?
    I don't recall the model numbers. The had 16" and 20" models both available in long and shortbed.
    Craft supplies imported the bare lathes and had steel stands and electronics installed here.

    We kept our Woodfast as we got bigger lathes. It served us well and I turned enough bowls and hollow forms on it to pay for a ONEWAY.
    We still use the woodfast when we run classes and occasionally when it is more convenient to do something on it than on one of our other lathes.

    Used equipment is generally a good deal. And down the road you can probably sell the Woodfast for what you pay for it.
    It would generally be worth half the price of a new powermatic.

    I can't comment on the price. Prices I have seen lately have been all over the map.
    Recently I have seen the similar tricked out ONEWAY 2036 for $3000 and $5500.
    I almost pulled the trigger on $3,000 machine figuring I could sell it for $4,000 in a few months.

    If you are in a AAW chapter there are probably a couple of lathes that have been owned by several members.
    As people get bigger machines their old machines usually find good homes with someone else.

    Have fun,
    Last edited: Jul 3, 2012
  3. Jake Gevorgian

    Jake Gevorgian

    Sep 12, 2011
    Los Angeles, California
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    I've a Woodfast lathe, the same lathe that the query is about. It runs great. It doesn't produce lot of noise, which is great when you spend many hours working near the lathe.
    My Woodfast came with a variable speed (I think they all came with a variable speed control made by Vicmarc) and that itself is a must have feature.
    The only tini tiny (really nothing big) downside is that when I work near the chuck, I have to pass my left leg over the lathe's foot, because it's on my way. But it really isn't something to brag about.
    As for the price, Woodfast is hard to find lathe these days. I paid for mine way more than what's your friend offering. However I also got some accessories, like tools and faceplates and so forth.
    If someone came to me and offered his Woodfast, and if I had the money, I'd purchase it again!

  4. odie


    Dec 22, 2006
    Panning for Montana gold!
    Hi Jon.......The model number of my Woodfast lathe is M908 and is 16" swing. The lathe you are contemplating, I believe, is the 20" swing version with a variable speed. The VS models from CSUSA were 1hp. That is about the bare minimum power I'd be happy with. Mine was a five step pulley, but not VS, when I bought it in 1992. Since then, I've converted mine to VS with a 1 1/2hp motor. I paid right around $2000 for my lathe new, without the VS. At $1900, and if it has the heavy stand that CSUSA made for them, I'd say that was a very good price. If it's a bench-top model, the price is reasonable, but not as good.

    Yes, the original Australian made Woodfast is a quality lathe.........I intend for mine to last the rest of my life, and I see no reason why it shouldn't.


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