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Midi pro woodworking lathe.
The first professional small-sized swivel-head lathe with grown-up capabilities!
M33 x 3.5 spindle
1HP motor with 3 x pulley range.
65KG cast iron construction
14" swing over the bed
420mm in between center. (650mm with bed ex)
1" tool post for max strength
2MT head and tailstock.
100mm bearing distance for strength and stability.
Tailstock stroke 100mm.
It can be bolted to a benchtop.
Bex ex will fit on the side or end to increase the spindle length and is an optional extra to the lathe.
For the English manual please click here: MIDI-PRO_BDA_2020-V1-0_ENG-2
Well know owners of the Midi pro:
Gary Lowe RPT.
|Engine:||0,75 kW / 1 HP|
|Centre height:||178 mm|
|Between Centres:||420 mm|
Midi Pro Lathe
Having downsized my workshop space, I was desperately in need of a reorganisation and needed to sell off some of the larger equipment and my existing lathe. I was fortunate that having been turning for some time I knew what I liked to turn, mainly hollow forms, bowls, and what may be described as arty pieces. When looking for a new lathe I was after something compact, and 95% of the things I turned I knew would fit on the Midi Pro. Before I pulled the trigger to buy one, I had to see one in the flesh (I’m old fashioned in that way), once I had done this (thanks to Pete Thompson), I was convinced it was the lathe for me.
I bought it with two extension beds and have one on the tailstock end and one on the side permanently fitted. I have had the lathe now approaching 6 months I believe, and this configuration has allowed me to turn a huge variety of pieces, when I get those troublesome pieces of grain I can adjust with minimal fuss and turn in reverse (with a locking chuck of course). The versatility of this lathe is amazing as I can be configured in so many ways, the swivel head only adds to this. It has coped with ease everything I have asked of it; I did have doubts when I mounted a 12Kg out of balance piece of oak, but it never missed a beat, it was a slow turn but made easy with some incredible torque at 200rpm and no wobble.
If you are a new turner looking at this lathe, I would thoroughly recommend it! It will probably be the only lathe you will ever need unless you go BIG at some time in the future. If you don’t take to turning, there’s always a ready market for quality kit, and there is no doubt about it this is quality kit. I know it seems a bit pricey for the size, but it has all the features of a much larger lathe and without a doubt it’s worth every penny in my opinion.
A superb lathe
It's now been 15 months since I bought my Midi Pro and it has been a joy to use.I use it in a very compact space but the sliding and rotating headstock has meant that I can turn big pieces with no problem. I turn mainly hollowforms and this lathe can handle a 12" log, maybe 14" long, with no problem. I originally intended to bolt it down to my steel workbench but there has been no need - it has always remained stable even with out-of-centre pieces. I can't imagine a better lathe for the money and have recommended it to several people who have gone on to buy one and been delighted. I've been trying to think of any negatives or things that could be improved but, honestly, I can't come up with a single one.
KS Midi pro lathe
This is a follow up to my previous comments....I have now had a good chance to use this lathe for a while now and I really, really wish I had known about it a long while ago. I know it has been the most expensive lathe I’ve bought but if I knew then what I know now I would have stumped up the extra and got one! It’s got a really good control over speed and I can get it turning really slow so I can paint on colours and other finishes with great control. Within the same belt setting I can get it to just short of 2000 rpm which is fine for most things. The sliding and rotating head stock and motor is so damn useful for me especially because of the smaller space I have. The add on lathe extension on the side to take the banjo is so useful and I must admit I’m chewing over getting the quick change-over plates as sometimes it catches my gouge handles as I have it in position all of the time. It seems so sturdy and feels like it’s got the “wumff” for anything I’d be involved in! Overall I’m really happy with it and if I win the lottery I definitely would be looking at the Stratos range!!
The only midi sized lathe with full sive lathe features!
I wanted to upgrade my hobby rated midi lathe which lacked the power to turn a bowl it claimed to have the capacity to turn. Looking at full-sized lathes, the features I liked were the swivel headstock and the movable control panel. However, a full-sized lathe would mean something in my shop would have to go. So, sticking with a Midi lathe would be better for me.
I considered a couple of cheaper lathes neither had the movable control panel. One didn’t even have the self-ejecting tailstock you find even on entry-level machines! I have to say the 100mm stroke of the Midi Pro tailstock is great, saves keep shuffling the whole tailstock forward. So, for me, the extra £200 was worth it to get the 'grown-up' features. To my way of thinking it was the only midi sized full-size lathe out there!
I’ve turned a 12” bowl on it and the lathe had more than enough power to deal with it. Even though it is a fairly heavy lathe for its size, the 12” bowl had unbalanced grain so I found bolting it down to a solid bench that’s bolted to the wall was necessary (The Midi Pro weighs 65Kg compared to at least 150Kg of a full-sized lathe). It runs very quiet as you’d expect, has plenty of power, solid build quality, great tailstock and the motor doesn’t lurch into action, it speeds up slowly. All round a pleasure to use.
Midi Pro lathe
Dear Simon, just wanted to say thank you for the extremely efficient service with the delivery of my Midi Pro lathe and bed extension. Super quick and well packed, and delivered well too, on a mini pallet by a chap with a pallet truck.
Lovely lathe and will help me so much as the sliding and angling head stock means I can work without straining my back!! I suppose I should say thanks To Ed Oliver as it was his YouTube demo of the lathe which inspired me!
Best wishes, Nigel Oram