As suggested in the introduction to this section of the website, the Wivamac lathes are better described as lathe systems
, than simply as lathes. The accessories shown on this page may start to give an understanding of why we make that assertion.
Mention has already been made of the broad range of toolposts and the offset
extension tool rest bracket pictured here and the toolrest banjo will equally now be familiar items.
Many turners have struggled to find a suitable form of three-point steady over the years and few commercial products
have been available to meet their needs. Here is a manufacturer that has understood the users needs and has provided a steady of high quality to match the lathe without compromise.
The steady bolts directly onto the bed and features three adjustable "fingers" each carrying a bearing wheel upon which the workpiece freely rotates
Turning perfect spheres is a task in
which some turners take great pride and is often seen as a mark of competence among turners. Those of us with less well-developed skills may find that the use of the Wivamac sphere turning jig
and centre-finder brings this task into the realm of the possible. Again designed and built specifically to suit this range of lathes, this is a robust and well-engineered accessory that many
will find a boon to their turning vocabulary.
Although the Vario system allows the lathe to be run in the reverse direction, owners of the
standard-drive versions (excepting DB800) may specify the installation of a neat reversing switch to achieve this objective. This facility can be very helpful when attempting to refine the surface of a
piece using abrasives when it may well be found that reverse-sanding will remove grain pick-up and "fur" that otherwise refuses to be touched by the abrasive.
The accessories described here are in addition to the