Updated December 06, 2018 by Quincy Miller

The 5 Best Benchtop Metal Lathes

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We spent 26 hours on research, videography, and editing, to review the top choices for this wiki. If you do plenty of metalworking — but not so much that you can justify sacrificing an entire corner of your garage or shop to a giant lathe — these benchtop options are a nifty compromise. Small enough to fit on a table, they still pack sufficient power to machine steel, aluminum, brass, and even copper or wood. They're not industrial-grade, but they can excel at smaller, round-the-house jobs. When users buy our independently chosen editorial picks, we may earn commissions to support our work. Skip to the best benchtop metal lathe on Amazon.

5. Wen 3455

4. Scenstar Mini Combined

3. Erie Tools Mini

2. Sherline Sher-4000

1. Grizzly G0602

Editor's Notes

December 05, 2018:

While benchtop lathes aren't generally suitable for larger jobs, the Grizzly G0602 earned the top spot due to its ability to handle bigger pieces of metal without bogging down. The Scenstar Mini Combined was included to satisfy hobbyists who need to craft metal, but who find larger machines to be overkill.


Quincy Miller
Last updated on December 06, 2018 by Quincy Miller

After getting his bachelor’s from the University of Texas, Quincy Miller moved out to Los Angeles, where he soon found work as a copywriter and researcher, specializing in health and wellness topics for a major online media brand. Quincy is also knowledgeable about home improvement, as he’s had extensive experience with everything from insulation to power tools to emergency room trips, sometimes in that order. Sharing a home with three dogs and a couple of cats has forced Quincy to learn as much as he can about pet supplies, animal nutrition and, most importantly, the best ways to tackle the mountains of fur that accumulate in every corner of your home.


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