ROBUST Lathes

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The American Beauty has:
Sliding Headstock
25” Inboard Capacity, 60” Outboard
Adjustable Spindle Height
Corded Pendant Controller
2 or 3 HP 220 volt
Premium Vector Drive with Auto-Tune
Variable Speed, Forward/Reverse

Popular Options:
Tilt Away
Tilt Away Gas Shock Assist Long Bed
Outboard Turning Attachment
110 volt outlet
Vacuum Adapter
Caster Kit
Tool Caddy

The Sweet 16 has:
Adjustable Spindle Height
Corded Pendant Controller
1.5 HP/110 or 220 volt or 2.0 HP 220 volt
Premium Vector Drive with Auto-Tune
Variable Speed, Forward/Reverse

Popular Options:
Short, Standard or Long Bed
Auxiliary 110 volt outlet
Tool Caddy/Tailstock Rack
Vacuum Adapter
Caster Kit
Bed Extension



The 16" Liberty has:
Sliding headstock
Adjustable Spindle Height
Corded Pendant Controller
1.5 HP/110 or 220 volt or 2.0 HP 220 volt
Premium Vector Drive with Auto-Tune
Variable Speed, Forward/Reverse

Get it as a bench lathe or with legs

The optional Tilt Away™ moves the tailstock completely out of the way and quickly repositions it.


Popular Options:
Leg Set
Tilt Away
16” Bed Extension
Outboard Turning Attachment
110 volt outlet
Vacuum Adapter
Caster Kit
Tool Caddy

The 16" Independence lathe was designed for turners who work from the seated position. The lathe is height adjustable and the bed can be tipped towards the turner to improve access to the work.

Indpendence has many of the features of our other lathes and shares the same seven year mechanical parts warranty. In addition:

Sliding headstock Corded Pendant Controller 1.5 HP/110 or 220 volt or 2.0 HP 220 volt Premium Vector Drive with Auto-Tune Variable Speed, Forward/Reverse












 



Features you’ll like on all Robust lathes:

Stainless Steel Ways:  Stainless steel ways are standard equipment on all our lathes.  Whether you turn wet wood or exotics, your Robust ways will not rust.

Spindle: The spindle is pre-hardened 4140 Chrome Moly alloy with an 1 1/4"-8 spindle nose drilled and readily equipped for vacuum.  There is a groove for a safety set screw and a #2 Morse taper. A metric spindle, threaded 33 x 3.5 is also available.

Spindle lock: The spindle lock electronically disconnects the controls when it is engaged.  No more burnt belts when you forget to unlock the spindle.

Bearings:  Heavy duty permanently lubricated bearings are fitted. They carry 40% more load than leading competitors. That's why Robust is the only manufacturer that warrants the headstock bearings, and warrants them for seven years.

Handwheel: All lathes are equiped with a highly polished and comfortable handwheel.

Indexing: 48 position indexing is standard

Motor and Drives:  We use Leeson or Baldor motors and quality matched drives. All systems are 220v single phase, with the exception of the 1.5 HP motors which are also available in 110v. The drive can be slowed to a creep for operations like applying finishes. Because we use a vector drive with auto-tune, full torque is available at ALL speeds.

Controls: Variable speed and forward/reverse are standard. All the lathe controls are on a corded pendant with a magnetic back.  Place them on the headstock, tailstock, or anywhere else that is convenient for you.

Sliding Headstock: The American Beauty, Liberty and Independence feature sliding headstocks that can be slid the length of the bed, allowing full access to the work from a variety of natural body positions. Sliding headstocks quickly release and lock down via a lever extending from the end of the headstock. Because it is bigger, actuating the lever on the American Beauty engages two lock-downs. The headstock on the Sweet 16 is fixed.

Bed Construction:  Beds are constructed of structural and stainless steels, fully welded and stress relieved before final finishing. 16 " bed extensions are available for the American Beauty, Liberty and Sweet 16.

Comfortable Center Height:  Adjustable legs easily adjust the spindle height from just under 42" to almost 50".

Warranty: Robust offers and exclusive seven year warranty on all mechanical parts, including the headstock bearings. Electrical components are warranted for one year.

Standard Accessories: Every Robust lathe comes with these standard accessories at no extra cost:

  • Handwheel
  • Spindle Lock with electronic interlock
  • Magnetic backed, corded pendant remote control with variable speed, forward/reverse and stop
  • 48 Position Indexing
  • Knock-Out Rod
  • 12" Robust Tool Rest with Hardened Rod
  • Robust Drive Center - cup style with adjustable point and threaded for accessories
  • Robust Live Center - cup style with adjustable point and threaded for accessories
  • Operator Manual
  • 3.5" Aluminum Face Plate