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The Harvey T40 Wood Lathe, A Bench Top Lathe Unlike Any Other

The Harvey T40 Wood Lathe, A Bench Top Lathe Unlike Any Other

The Harvey T40 Wood Lathe, A Bench Top Lathe Unlike Any Other


We understand it, stick to the tools you know and love, and that goes for brands as well. The Harvey name may not be familiar to most people, especially in the United States, but we’ve been around longer than you think. Harvey Machinery has been building wood lathes and other tools for almost 20 years now, but in the US, we’ve mainly been making tools for other companies, the same companies that you trust. It wasn’t until recently Harvey decided to step into the US woodturning market, under its own brand, with our most innovative lathe to date, the T40 wood lathe.

We like to compare the T40 lathe to a high end sports car. If you drive a regular car on a daily basis, but you’ve ever had the opportunity to drive a high end sports car, you know the difference we’re talking about. Yes, both vehicles get you from point A to point B, but the sports car handles better, drives smoother, feels more capable. The same thing when someone who has experience on a lathe.

Now, for all the experienced woodturners out there, you know the difference between a high quality lathe and basic, run-of-the-mill lathe. An experienced woodturner can distinguish the feel and sound and torque of a quality lathe. Someone new to woodturning might not be able to distinguish all the same things as someone who’s spent years behind a wood lathe, but they will still able to know what a quality lathe feels like.

The biggest difference that sets our T40 lathe apart from other bench top lathes is the motor. The T40 is powered by a Industrial Servo Motor. These are the types of motors that you can find in high quality CNC machines that offer precise power and torque when needed. The motor can detect a change in torque and adjust accordingly in 2 milliseconds, or in other words, about 100x faster than other woodturning lathes on the market. This may not seem like a huge deal, but anyone that works on a lathe, knows how quickly a project can be ruined with the smallest error. Consistent speed helps to avoid those errors.

North Carolina Woodturning Symposium

North Carolina Woodturning Symposium

The NC Woodturning Symposium runs from November 3rd through the 5th in Greensboro, NC.

Two of our product ambassadors will be at this show. Jeff Hornung from The Walnut Log Studio will be there with the T40 doing demos and Stuart Kent of The North Carolina Furniture School will be showing the Gyro Air. The Wood Turners Symposiums are excellent events that draw hundreds of like-minded creative types together to see what everyone has been doing and to look at the latest new products.

If you happen to be in the Greenville, NC area (eastern North Carolina) on August 18th, you should try to drop in at the NC Furniture School for its Open House from 4-7PM. Stuart Kent has recently completed a months’ long project of moving into a new facility and he is looking to show it off. He does commissioned work from there and also does a lot of turning classes. It is certainly something to see and the Gyro Air and T40 will be there.

If you cannot travel to these locations, you can spend an evening at home with Jeff Hornung who has recently started to do live woodturning demos from his home shop which are aired on his Facebook page.

Jeff demonstrates on various machines and he has promised to be doing demos with the Harvey lathe in the near future.

Jeff will also be at the Ohio Valley Wood Turning Symposium 

The symposium runs from October 13th through the 15th near Cincinnati, OH.

The Gyro Air Introduction

The Gyro Air Introduction

The release of the Gyo Air Dust Processor in the USA earlier this year was 6 years in the making. We at Harvey weren’t going to settle for bringing another loud, generic dust collector to market, and it took some creative and innovative thinking to make the G700 happen. Harvey engineers talked not only to woodworkers but professionals from many other industries and asked them to describe what a perfect dust collection system would be. We took that information and went to the drawing board. It didn’t take long for us to realize that to do this properly, we were going to have to start from the bottom up and rethink the dust collector to make it completely different.

There are lots of things different about the Gyro Air compared to regular dust collectors, but we’ll start off with some of the most noticeable (or unnoticeable) differences. Our dust processor is quiet, really quiet, like stand next to it and not realize it’s running quiet. Most dust collectors are loud, over 90 decibels (dB). The Gyro Air ranges from 61 to 72 dB, which is the same noise level as a normal conversation. This allows you to keep your silent dust collector running while you focus on other things.

When we say our dust processor ranges from 61 to 72 dB, it’s because the Gyro Air is one of the only machines with a variable speed. Most dust collectors have one setting, ON, when often times you really only need about half the suction power. We decided to let the operator decide how much power is needed with just an easy turn of a knob. So whether your collection needs are large or small, you choose how much suction you need.

Why do we call the Gyro Air a dust processor and not a dust collector? We’ll try to describe as simply as possible. Your average dust collector works by pulling the air (and dust) through a fan, possibly through a cyclone chamber, and then to the bags (or pleated filters) where the major filtration really takes place. The bags will only allow air and the really small dust particle through, depending on the rating of the filter. But once those small holes in the bags become filled with larger dust particles, the sucking power of the collector decreases drastically requiring the operator to constantly clean the bags or pleated filters. How the G700 works is completely different. When the air (and dust) gets pulled into our system, it is sent down the 2 stainless steel tubes spinning around the edges like a tornado at extremely high speeds. These forces on the dust particles cause therm to thrown out of the air flow and shot down into the disposal bins. Over 99% of the dust doesn’t make it to the filters. Why is this important? Since almost none of the dust is making it to the filters, you keep full suction power for longer! Hence a dust processor, not a dust collector, we want to make sure everyone knows that we are different.

The Gyro Air dust bins are easy to empty using disposable bags. Once the bins are full, the machine will let you know that the system needs to be emptied, and automatically turn off. Simply, unlatch the front door of the Gyro Air and slide the bins out and pull out the disposable bags, Done.  Our two pleated filters have beaters for the times that they need to be cleaned and that very fine dust can be easily removed from the ports beneath the filters.

These are just a few of the really cool features of the Gyro Air Dust Processor. To learn more, check out the product page on our website and don’t be afraid to ask the Harvey Team any questions you may have.