Metal lathe in focus – Warco 918

Update: This is now an archived post from 2010, we’ve since discontinued this machine. For the most up to date details on our current product range, please see

The belt drive metalworking lathe that superseded the 918 is the Warco WM 240B. This machine offers upgrades such as increased capacity, induction hardened and ground bedways, much more powerful motor and now proven long term reliability just like its predecessor. The WM 240B still has the traditional belt drive system that the 918 had, meaning it will be just as familiar to many of our customers that started out on a vintage or antique lathe like a Myford Seven.

In addition, there is also the rest of the Warco WM series to consider. These are variable speed lathes, meaning they have the convenience of electronic speed control. This group ranges from the WM 180 through to WM 290V, so we can offer machines to match just about all requirements and budgets.

Original post below.

Continuing with our current feature showcasing some of our most popular products, we’re going to share a little more information about the 918.

Originally introduced by Warco all the way back in 1985, this is one of our longest running products.  In all that time, it’s never changed in any significant way – the 918 was designed and built right in the first place.

This is an entry level metal turning machine with a traditional design. As with our other long standing machines such as the VMC and Major milling machines, we still get feedback from customers who originally purchased one back in the 1980s to let us know that the same machine is still going strong now!  A simple but reliable belt change system, long term stability and durability is ensured by taper roller spindle bearings. It’s also fitted with a Norton gearbox, which reduces the number of change gears.

Machines are supplied with a selection of accessories including chucks, faceplate, toolpost, travelling steady, tool box and maintenance tools – everything you need to get going.

Plus – as with all Warco machines bought from us direct – you will receive an individual accuracy test report unique to each machine, full instruction manual, free UK mainland delivery, our unbeatable guarantee, and the peace of mind of knowing you can rely on us as the long standing company that has been supporting engineers at all levels since the 1970s.

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