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Oneway Large Lathes

Headstock | Bed | Drive | Spindle | Tailstock
Banjo/Toolrest Base | Toolrest | Quick Reference

View the Lathe Specification Sheet

Using modern design principles ONEWAY considered all aspects of power and ergonomic requirements for today's turning environments when designing our lathes.

Our lathe is made to meet (and exceed) all the features woodturners always hoped for. With a bed design that reaches almost perfect torsional rigidity, a radical new toolrest base design, four bearing headstock and a host of other features, this lathe is sure to be on the woodturner's most wanted list. ONEWAY presently manufactures 4 models of large lathes.

All four lathes are built with the same sturdy construction, only the capacities vary. The same precision spindle, the same bed construction, the same design of headstock, tailstock, and toolrest base are standard on all models of lathes which ONEWAY makes.

We were not satisfied with just meeting capacity turning requirements, we wanted to make the lathe fit you. To that end we have made available four different leg heights and three different horse power packages. All of these options are suitable and available for all four models of this lathe. If you purchase a lathe from us it should meet your needs right out of the crate.

If you have a large investment in accessories for your present lathe, a spindle adaptor is available which may adapt your spindle to the ONEWAY spindle size.

The table below provides a breif overview of our four models, and capacities which pertain to that particular model of machine (for a more detailed Specifications page, click here):

Large Lathes
Distance Between
Overall Length Swing over Bed Weight
36" 60" 24" 850 lbs
16" 40" 24" 650 lbs
36" 60" 20" 800 lbs
16" 40" 20" 600 lbs


  • Features a four bearing spindle: At the front are two 45 mm internal diameter ball bearings custom fitted with ground spacers, and locked to the shaft with a clamp ring and lock nut. This minimizes radial and axial play of the spindle. The 40 mm diameter rear bearings float axially to allow for heat expansion. Bearings are no maintenance greased for life.
  • Six position spindle lock and 7-1/2 (48 position) indexing is standard.
  • The spindle is 50 mm (2 inches) at maximum diameter, 16" long and bored 5/8" diameter through with number 2 morse taper at the inboard end. It is made from high alloy steel, hardened and ground to precision tolerance of 0.0003 thousands of an inch.

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The Bed

  • Bedways and ribs are welded to a 10-3/4 inch diameter * 5/16 inch wall tube. The assembly is stress relieved and precision machined.
  • Almost perfect torsional rigidity is achieved - many times more so than twin tube or cast iron bed designs.

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The Drive (AC electronic variable / 0 - 3000 RPM with full speed reverse)

  • The drive package is fully electronic with speed from 0 - 3000 RPM. Lathes are available in 1.5 HP, 2 HP, and 3 HP packages. Excellent torque is available at as low as 30 RPM with brute force available at as little as 100 RPM.
  • Speed ranges are 0-800 / 0-1800 /0-3000. Changing range is easy and can be completed in under one minute.
  • The drive motor is mounted directly below the headstock in a base housing welded to the bed tube.
  • Drive pulleys are 3 step 10 groove poly V.
  • The controller comes programmed ready for use with built-in ramp up, ramp down and dynamic braking. This is a top quality drive, 220 volt, single phase AC. It is the very best we could find.
  • Controls for this drive are mounted on a swinging pendant which can be moved to the headstock or tailstock for easy reach and clearance at all times.

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The Spindle

  • The spindle nose, which holds the front bearings, protrudes approximately 3" in front of the headstock allowing easy tool maneuvering when working on the backside of a plate or bowl.
  • The thread is M33 * 3.5 with a groove machined for a lock screw to allow full power forward and reverse turning. This design contributes to the safety of this machine, as it eliminates the possibility of chucks or face plates accidentally unscrewing from the spindle.
  • The spindle is the cartridge type and can be pulled fully assembled from the headstock by removing six bolts. If a belt ever needs to be changed, it should take less than ten minutes by even the most novice mechanic.

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The Tailstock

Barrel & Leadscrew
Both the Barrel & the Lead Screw are manufactured from high strength steel. This steel has tensile strength of over 110,000 lbs per square inch. That's twice as strong as standard 1020 steel.

The Banjo casting is ductile, and is designed to bend before it will break.

Other Features:

  • The tailstock has an 1-1/2" diameter quill with 4" travel.
  • The lead screw is a 3/4" diameter 6 pitch acme thread and the barrel has a 3-1/2" bearing length.
  • The 5" handwheel and the high lead on this screw allows rapid in and out feeds for drilling.
  • Precision design and a number three morse taper allows the use of stronger live centers and larger drills.
  • Super rigid tailstock clamp is designed so that no flexing will occur under clamp pressure. This will ensure that the clamp will hold firmly while requiring no adjustment for the life of the lathe, and will retain the ease of movement of the tailstock along the bed.
  • The through hole is 5/16" (8 mm) diameter which allows lamp base and similar drilling to be carried out.
  • The tailstock is handled for easy removal and adjustments.

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Banjo/Toolrest Base

The BANJO/TOOLREST BASE is a radical new design that assures even, powerful locking anywhere on the bed (PATENT applied for). The sliding cam is supported by a cam support block which rests on a ledge machined in the toolrest base.

Note: Also available as an aftermarket item to upgrade your flatbed lathe.



Banjo/ Toolrest Base Design*

The patent pending ONEWAY toolrest base is designed to solve problems associated with traditional camlock toolrest bases. This sliding cam clamping mechanism ensures tight clamping and smooth operation over the range of the lathe bed. Conventional long cam shafts suffer from cam shaft deflection. This causes non-uniform clamping over the range of the toolrest base. Cam shaft deflection causes a related problem; the clamp handle tightens in a different position when the toolrest base is moved from front to back.

This conventional clamping mechanism consists of a cam shaft that runs the entire length of the toolrest base. Deflection is unavoidable using this unsupported system. Because the cam shaft is so long, it bends when clamping pressure is applied when positioned in the middle. ONEWAY has solved this problem by replacing the regular long shaft cam with a sliding cam assembly.

What is a sliding cam assembly?

This assembly consists of: a rotating square shaft, a short sliding cam and a support block for the sliding cam. The square shaft rotates the sliding cam. The cam is supported on a cam support block which in turn is supported on a ledge machined in the tool rest base. The block moves with the sliding cam and supports the shaft. Deflection of the cam shaft is eliminated and there is no longer a clamping difference anywhere on the lathe bed. Unclamp is always at the 12 o'clock position and clamping may be adjusted to be repeatable anywhere between 10 & 6 o'clock with RH and LH clamping always at the same angle.

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The Toolrest

Now available is a 6 inch toolrest for your smaller work. The post diameter for the 6" and 14" toolrest is 1". The post diameter for the 18" toolrest (for the large turning outboard attachment) is 1-1/4".

The toolrest is clamped in the toolrest base with a captured non-marking block. As a result a very tight fitting hole can be bored. This improves the toolrest clamp position. The clamp screw handle may be adjusted at 45 rotations to assure minimum interference when turning.

The toolrest is designed to work with the banjo/toolrest so that you can get very close to the front and back side of turnings. Made from ductile iron, it is stronger than cast iron and will last longer. It is suitable for underhanded and overhanded grips. The toolrest base was originally designed for ONEWAY Lathes, but because it is a significant improvement over current designs, we are offering the toolrest base and toolrest as upgrades to replace existing banjo/toolrests for flatbed lathes. If you have a flatbed lathe, and you find your toolrest does not clamp sufficiently or slide smoothly, you can solve the problem with ONEWAY's new toolrest base.

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Quick Reference Specifications

  • The lathe is designed so the turner can always place his body and/or feet without interference from the base or pendant. (Important for fine critical work, as well as for heavy cutting).
  • Lathe runs extremely quietly
  • Spindle taper - #2 Morse
  • Tailstock taper - #3 Morse
  • Standard spindle height from floor-46"
  • Spindle thread - M33 * 3.5 RH
  • Optional heights of legs are available which make the spindle heights:
    • 20" models: 41", 42", 44", and 46"
    • 24" models: 43", 44", 46", and 48"
  • Two outboard attachments are available. The largest outboard attachment allows 44" turning on the 20" models or 48" turning on the 24" models. Alternately a smaller outboard is available which allows the same capacity turning as the model of lathe to which it is attached. Outboard thread is the same as inboard thread making attachments quickly interchangeable.
  • Two bed extensions are available; a 17" extension and 60" extension. Extensions bolt on to the end of the bed allowing the turner an extended distance between centers.
  • Lathe comes with a 6" face plate, #3 MT Live Centre and #2 Safe Driver as standard equipment.

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