Robust Sweet Sixteen

Robust Sweet Sixteen


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Compact Capacity

The main feature of the S16 is its removable bed section. Removing the section creates a gap to let you turn a bowl or platter up to 32″. Moving the section to the end of the lathe increases spindle turning capacity by 14″.

The animation in the slide show on this page demonstrates how the moving the bed section reconfigures a Sweet 16 lathe to turn larger diameters and longer spindles.  The Sweet 16 video demonstrates these features in action.

The S16 is available with a Short, Standard or Long bed. Like our other lathes, it adjusts to your height.

The motor drive (aka: “VFD” or “Inverter”) lives behind the black panel that doubles as a tool rack. Another tool rack is built into the top of the headstock.

The Sweet 16 is available with a 1-1/2 HP motor in either 110 or 220 volt. A 2HP motor is also available in 220 volt only.

Locking the spindle disconnects the controls, so no more burnt belts if you try to start the lathe with the spindle lock engaged.

There is no belt changing with the variable speed Sweet 16. Low end torque is ensured by the use of a vector style motor drive and further augmented by using a smaller pulley on the motor than on the spindle. High end speed (2900 RPM) is derived electronically.

48 position indexing is standard and accessed from inside the headstock as shown in the picture.

We use the same spindle on the Sweet 16 that is used on the larger American Beauty.

The Sweet 16 has:

  • Removable gap section to increase diameter and length capacity
  • Adjustable Spindle Height
  • Corded Pendant Controller
  • 1.5 HP/110 or 220 volt  or  2.0 HP 220 volt
  • Premium Vector Drive with Auto-Tune
  • Variable Speed, Forward/Reverse
  • Graduated Quill

Popular Options:

  • Short, Standard or Long Bed
  • Auxiliary 110 volt outlet
  • Tool Caddy/Tailstock Rack
  • Vacuum Adapter
  • Caster Kit
  • Bed Extension
  • Tilt-Away

Watch the video or download the sheet to learn how to move the gap to the side and turn a 32” bowl or platter in one set up. You can also move the gap to the end for long spindles.


The price as shown on this page is the price, including VAT, of the most sold configuration. The Sweet Sixteen with standard bed, 2 HP (1.5 Kw), M33 x 3.5 mm thread on the spindle. If you want a quote for a different configuration, please contact us. The benches are made to order and shipped directly from Wisconsin in the USA. Shipping costs are not included in the price.


In this video the owner of Robust Tools, Brent English shows you the Sweet Sixteen.


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