January 13, 2021

Laguna Revo 1524 lathe 110V Review

The Laguna 15|24 REVO lathe provides more power and capacity in a tight space while plugging into a standard 110V outlet. The headstock, banjo, and tailstock are fully removable from the bed. The tailstock features onboard tool storage for the live center and drives center. A tool shelf mounts to the left of the headstock with storage for the knockout bar and other lathe tools.

Reposition the headstock to the tail end of the bed for outboard turning. However, the optional 20-inch extension comes separately to expand your outboard turning options. A 24-position indexing plate allows the headstock to rotate in 15° increments. The headstock and tailstock accept an MT2 taper.

Precise Position adjusts the spur drive for the ideal point-to-point alignment between the drive center and the drive center. The adjustment is made successful with four screws, and manipulation of the drive center brings your 1524 lathe into ideal alignment for turning. Look at the review before choosing the lathe tool you wish to purchase.

Its headstock can be repositioned to the tail end of the bed, an excellent feature for outboard turning. If you happen to have relatively large projects, you can get the 20-inch extension which you will have to get separately as the lathe is sold without any accessories. The extension is not needed for medium scale as the lathe gives you 24 inches between centers, which is enough to fit most home furniture pieces. 

BrandLaguna
Model NumberRevo 1524
RPM50-650, 325-2100, 650-4200 RPM (three-speed)
Motor8 Amp, 60 Hz, PWM
Facelift Size3 inches
Weight131 kg
Dimensions52 × 22 × 22 inches 
Horsepower1.5
Voltage110
Warranty5 years

When you have a broad market, it’s in your best interest to keep it happy. There is no better way to do so than to produce quality products. The Laguna Revo 1524 features 24 indexing positions at 15 intervals, while the headstock and tailstock accept an MT2 taper for the best-detailed work. The precise position adjustment facilitates in precisely that it ensures an ideal point-to-point alignment. This is coupled with an easy-to-understand adjustment of 4 screws and minor manipulation of the drive centers bringing the lathe to the best possible alignment. 

The Revo 1524 uses transistors for light-speed communication between its Pulse Width Modulation motor and the seamless and smooth operation controller. Like most of the lathes, you will find them in large workshops. Most small lathes cannot achieve lower RPMs. This is mainly because their motors are too small to provide enough torque at those speeds. The PWM motor delivers more than enough torque at RPMs as low as 50. 

Its speeds are spread over three steps. The speed steps are 50-650 RPMs, the first one, 325-2100 RPMs, and the second and 650-4200 RPM. Overall the lathe has a minimum of 50 rotations per minute and a maximum speed of 4200 rotations per minute. Its legs can be easily adjusted to the height best suited to you and are great when you find an uneven flour, as you can level your lathe with ease. You can get your lathe and a set of wheels to sit on for a few extra dollars. Wheels are better than legs as they allow you to move your equipment anywhere and everywhere.

Pros 

  • 24 indexing positions 
  • Sliding headstock
  • PWM motor
  • Compatible with extensions 
  • Adjustable legs
  • Low speed
  • Precise
  • Powerful

Cons

  • The extension is sold separately 

Features

Motor

The PWM (Pulse Width Modulation) motor uses transistors for fast communication between the Laguna motor and controller. PWM controls to stabilize the RPM, giving consistent torque (voltage) when using speeds at low RPM. You can turn with confidence at any speed on the Laguna REVO 1524 Lathe.

Legs

Adjustable legs allow you to set the height of the 1524 lathe at just the right height. Leveling feet provide micro-adjustments to level the lathe.

Wheel system

Upgrade your 1524 REVO Lathe with a wheel system to move it around the shop. The base features large urethane wheels that allow you to move the machine around your shop with one hand. The 20inch steel extension fits in two positions for increased spindle or turning capacity. It provides large wheels on each corner of the Laguna machine and balanced dual gas struts raising and lowering a smooth experience.

Onboard storage

its headstock and tailstock are both removable from the bed. When working, one needs to have all the tools to get the job done close to save time and maintain energy. Laguna designers included onboard tool storage for the live center and drive center and another shelf for storing other tools.

Headstock 

The Laguna lathe has a conical shape that extends the workpiece outward. Its headstock can be repositioned to the tail end of the bed, a feature for outboard turning. The sliding headstock is for ergonomic outboard bowl turning. 

While tapering back gives the user better access to bowl bottoms without removing the workpiece from the lathe. This is beneficial with using chisels and provides access during sanding as well.

Bed Extension

If you have large projects, you can get the 20-inch extension which you will have to get separately as the lathe is sold without any accessories. For medium scale, the extension is unnecessary since the lathe gives you 24 inches between centers. That is enough to fit most home furniture pieces.

Tool rest

A tool rest is an adjustable horizontal surface designed to support and guide turning tools such as bowl gouges and scrapers used while woodturning (Turnawoodbowl.com). The ample 12-inch long tool rest is convenient when working on complicated projects requiring various tools. The 24-inch distance between centers and the 15.5-inch swing over the bed is enough to work on most prominent projects.

On/Off switch

It has its on/off switch safely covered to prevent accidentally turning the machine on by accident and leaving it to devour all that power before you notice it. The control panel accommodates the On/Off switch, Forward/Reverse switch, digital read-out, and variable speed control. The control panel is user-friendly. It is positioned at a neutral height at a convenient angle. That gives you easy access and viewing of the large format digital RPM readout. 

Buttons and dials are large, colored, and provide smooth operation. A large digital display indicates the actual spindle speed with real-time updates. That explains how one gets to appreciate the thoughtful ergonomics of this design.

Specifications

Indexing

The Laguna Revo 1524 features 24 indexing positions at 15 intervals while the headstock and tailstock accept an MT2 taper, producing quality products. The precise position adjustment is an ideal point-to-point alignment. 

When coupled with an easy-to-understand adjustment of 4 screws, and manipulation of the drive centers, it brings the lathe to better alignment. An indexing wheel attached to the lathe spindle can be invaluable in laying out equally-spaced lines on a turning (Docgreenwoodturner.com).

Speed

The Revo 1524 uses transistors for light-speed communication between its Pulse Width Modulation motor and the seamless and smooth operation controller. Most small lathes cannot achieve the lower RPMs because their motors are too small to provide enough torque at those speeds. 

The PWM motor delivers more than enough torque at RPMs as low as 50. Its speeds are over three steps. The speed steps are 50-650 RPMs, the first one, 325-2100 RPMs, and the second and 650-4200 RPM. The lathe has a minimum of 50 rotations per minute and a maximum speed of 4200 rotations per minute. 

Legs

Adjust legs to the height best suited to you. Wheels are better than legs as they allow you to move your equipment anywhere and everywhere. They work to your favor when you find an uneven floor as you can level your lathe with ease. You can get your lathe and a set of wheels to sit on for an extra charge.

Size

The Revo 1524 is not so big, allowing it to fit in any workshop.

Aesthetics

You do not need to get closer to notice the bold black color. That means business. It fits into any workshop setup and stands out as well.

Durability

Steel bed provides strength, stability, and a surface that the banjo will glide across smoothly.

Weight

It weighs 302 lbs. That is not too big, and you can still move it in tricky spaces.

Aesthetics

Even at a glance, you can see that this is a beast of a lathe which means business with its bold black color. It’s designed to fit into any workshop setup and stand out. 

Performance Review

One of the best standout features is the pulse width module speed control, other models have them, but they are not as active as in the Revo 1524. The torque you get at 50 RTM is almost the same as that you get at higher speeds. It is ideal for all types of woodturning, including detailed work through its 24 indexing positions. The considerably ample 12-inch long tool rest is convenient when working on complicated projects requiring various tools. The 24-inch distance between centers and the 15.5-inch swing over the bed is enough to work on most prominent projects.

Safety

The Revo 1524 is not so big; hence it will easily fit in any workshop, be it medium-scale or big. It has its on/off switch safely covered. This is to prevent accidentally turning the machine on by accident and leaving it to devour all that power before you notice it.

Who is this product ideal for?

As a professional woodturner, the Laguna Revo 1524 is a must-have in your workshop. You can get this lathe for yourself if you are a very enthusiastic beginner, but it’s rather expensive if you don’t have any money coming in because of woodturning. This medium to large-scale lathe keeps you steps ahead of schedule. It is the best investment you will make to take your woodturning career to the next level.

Our Verdict

The new Laguna REVO 1524 may be your top pick due to its size, 1.5 horsepower (110V) motor, the ability to adjust the height, center-to-center adjustment, and quality. The instructions are clear for quick assembling. The Laguna Revo 1524 is among the best medium to large-scale lathes for a reasonable price. This lathe can be an upgrade to someone who already knows their way around woodturning. You can get this lathe for yourself as a beginner, but it is not affordable. The investment can take your woodturning career to the next level.

Welcome to the big leagues. This lathe should be an upgrade to someone who already knows their way around woodturning. It is a significant upgrade, so we are happy to recommend it to all woodturners looking to make it big in the industry.

David D. Hughes

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