MI-1440L Manual Lathe

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Model MI-1337L MI-1440L
Spindle Bore 1.5" 1.5"
Motor Size 1.5 HP 2 HP
Electrical Requirements 110 VAC or 220 VAC (Convertible) 110 VAC or 220 VAC (Convertible)
Amperage 9 Amps @ 220 Volt / 18 Amps & 110 Volts 9 Amps @ 220 Volt / 18 Amps @ 110 Volts
Chuck Size (3 And 4 Jaw) 6" 3-Jaw and 8" 4-Jaw 8" 3-Jaw and 8" 4-Jaw (2" Chuck Bore on both)
Chuck Mounting Industrial Standard "D1-4" Industrial Standard "D1-4"
Swing Over Bed 12.75" 13.75"
Swing Over Carriage 6.5" 8.75"
Swing With Gap Section Removed 17.25" 19.68"
Distance Between Centers 37" 40"
Headstock, Gearbox, & Apron Lubrication Oil Bath with Reservoir and Site Gauge Oil Bath with Reservoir and Site Gauge
Handles, Hand Wheels & Levers Metal Construction, No Plastic Metal Construction, No Plastic
Work Light Standard Standard
Stand With Drip Pan & Splash Shield Standard Standard
Spindle Guard Standard Standard


Model MI-1337L MI-1440L
Power Requirements 110V/220VAC, Single Phase (Convertible) 110V/220VAC, Single Phase (Convertible)
Connection Type Plug & Cord Plug & Cord
Plug 6-15P 220 Volt (supplied), 5-15P 110 Volt (not supplied) 6-15P 220 Volt (supplied), 5-15P 110 Volt (not supplied)
Outlet 5-15R for 110 VAC, 6-15R for 220 VAC 5-15R for 110 VAC, 6-15R for 220 VAC
Motor Type Induction Type A/C Induction Type A/C
Motor Power 1.5 HP 2 HP
Motor Amp Draw 18 Amps @ 110 VAC / 9 Amps @ 220 VAC 18 Amps @ 110 VAC / 9 Amps @ 220 VAC


Model MI-1337L MI-1440L
Spindle Speed Control Mechanical Mechanical
Number Of Speeds 9 8
Available Speed 64, 130, 210, 380, 460, 790, 940, 1300, 1500 84, 140, 230, 360, 430, 700, 1150, 1850
Longitudinal Travel 32" 33"
Cross Travel 6.0" 6.3"
Compound Travel 3.3" 2.76"
Tailstock Barrel Travel 3.74" 3.74"
Tailstock Taper MT3 MT3
Distance Between Centers 37" 40"
Swing Over Carriage 6.5" 8.75"
Swing Over Bed 12.75" 13.75"
Swing Over Removable Gap 17.25" 19.68"
Spindle And Chuck Bore Diameter 1.50" 2.00"
Spindle Nose Taper MT5 MT6
Spindle Nose D1-4 D1-5
3-Jaw Chuck Diameter 6" 8"
4-Jaw Chuck Diameter 8" 8"
Feed Screw Pitch 8 TPI 8 TPI
Longitudinal Feed Rates 0.0047”-0.1316”/ rev 0.002”-0.0548”/ rev
Cross Feed Rates 0.0016”-0.0448”/rev 0.0007”-0.187”/rev
Number Of Inch Threads 40 34
Inch Thread Pitches 4 to 56 TPI 4 to 112 TPI
Number Of Metric Threads 26 26
Metric Thread Pitches .025 to 7.5mm .04 to 7.0mm
Tool Size 1/2” or 5/8” 1/2” or 5/8”


Model MI-1337L MI-1440L
Machine Weight 860 lbs 1114 lbs
Machine Size 22" W x 25" H x 64" L 26" W x 26" H x 70" L
Shipping Weight 970 lbs 1245 lbs
Shipping Crate Size 30" W x 36" H x 70" L 30” W x 36" H x 76" L
Shipping Crate Material Wood Wood


Who buys these Smithy lathes?

Schools purchase quite a few. Military organizations, R & D labs, and small machine shop/production shops are frequent buyers. The machines are designed and built to be good enough to use in parts production settings - the reality is that, because the price is so reasonable, these lathes are popular for the home shop buyer.

Is the tool pack helpful?

The FREE tool pack is intended to give you a basic tool set-up to get you started when you get the machine. It’s a balanced set of tooling, but you will likely need more tooling once you figure out specific projects you want to do.

What do you mean by “Inspected Twice?”

Each lathe is inspected by trained company employees at the factory - PLUS, a second complete inspection is performed at our warehouse in Ann Arbor, MI before it is sent to the customer.

Why are these lathes better than others on the market?

For a machine tool to be truly great it must have attention paid to every step of its development - design, production, quality control, testing, and after sales support. Other benchtop lathes you'll find typically don't have this level of quality committed to every step like these MIDAS lathes.

How long have you been selling these lathes?

Almost 30 years.

Do many lathe buyers also purchase milling machines?

Yes, the MI-1337L lathe matches well with the MI-329MZ milling machine - a machine shop combo that was built to last. Many customers buy this combination.

Why Should I buy a Smithy Lathe?

  • Rugged Design
  • Quality Built-In
  • Inspected Twice
  • Best Service, Warranty & Support

The best gear drive lathe value - for over 25 years!

Do I need to be a machinist to use the machine?

Many buyers of these lathes don’t have machining/turning experience - what they have is the need to make parts. Usually they already have something in mind they need to make. What is needed is a commitment to learn and curiosity. It will take time, but you will figure it out. We have a set of machining training videos on our website - you can usually find classes at a local community college or vo-tech school. Get a machine and get going! You won’t be disappointed.

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