WM 280V Lathe Inverter Drive Variable Speed

The WM 280V metric AC motor version. Featuring an all new inverter drive system for maximum reliability and performance throughout.  Very well built, precise variable speed metal lathe. With integrated power feed system, digital rev counter and large range of standard equipment.

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£1,850.00 Inc. VAT

Warco WM 280V Variable Speed AC Motor Inverter Drive Lathe


We're proud to be launching a new upgraded version of the longstanding Warco WM 280 series of lathes - the Warco WM 280V.

This machine now features uprated specification throughout, now with an all new and improved inverter drive system. The WM 280V features Delta inverter drive with AC induction motor for ultra reliable long term performance.

Benefit of extremely quiet operation throughout.

The motor is even more powerful - with a 50% increase from 1kw to 1.5kw (1500w).

Featuring the ability to go as low as 30 rpm - ideal for thread cutting, with great torque in the low speed range.

Now with overload clutch to the feed shaft.

This lathe still has the full range of features of the previous model (WM 280VF) - including power cross feed, thread dial indicator, digital rev counter and 700mm between centres.

Available in metric or imperial.

Features include:

  • Dedicated feed shaft for longitudinal and cross feed
  • Separate leadscrew for thread cutting functions
  • Wide, double vee bedway - which is hardened and ground for maximum durability
  • Adjustable gibs to slideways
  • Offset facility to tailstock
  • Large cross slide with two full length tee slots
  • Tailstock quill engraved metric and imperial
  • Metric and imperial thread cutting
  • Reversible leadscrew for left hand threading
  • Power cross feed system
  • New! Low 30 rpm speed at the low range, ideally suited to thread cutting
  • New! Dependable Delta inverter drive with AC induction motor
  • New! Overload clutch to feed shaft
  • New! With powerful 1500w reversible motor

Warco WM-280 VF Lathe

Supplied with a large range of tools and accessories, including:

  • Swarf tray
  • Rear splash guard
  • Face plate
  • Three jaw 125mm self centre chuck with inside and outside jaws
  • Four jaw 125mm independent chuck
  • Interlock chuck guard
  • Fixed steady
  • Travelling steady
  • Two dead centres
  • Compound slide
  • Thread dial indicator
  • Toolbox with tools
  • Operation manual and full parts list


All these items with each WM 280V for no extra charge.


You can buy with confidence from Warco - we've selling lathes just like this for four decades now, and have always prided ourselves on our after sales service.  Warco have a hugely comprehensive range of spare parts available for this lathe, should you ever need anything, and for complete peace of mind, each machine comes with a full guarantee.


  • Each lathe is fully run and tested by a qualified member of our team before leaving our premises, and will be supplied with an individual accuracy test report.
  • Very robust lathe with extremely high levels of accuracy and precision.
  • Available in either metric or imperial.
  • As with our entire range of machines, the WM 280V is supplied fully assembled and ready to go.  Once it arrives via our free delivery service, simply plug in and enjoy your new lathe.


Full specification:

Item No.

1032 / 1033

Centre height


Maximum swing


Swing over cross slide


Distance between centres


Bed width


Longitudinal travel


Spindle taper


Spindle bore


Maximum tool size


Range of spindle speeds

30 - 2500 rpm

Range of metric threads

0.2 - 3.5mm

Range of imperial threads

8 - 56 tpi

Tailstock taper


Tailstock quill travel


Top slide travel


Cross slide travel


Headstock bearings

Taper roller

Compound slide swivel


Chuck mounting

Flange fitting


1.5kw (1500w)

Power supply


Dimensions L x W x H

1302 x 635 x 508mm



Measurements taken to end of handle grips.

Optional milling attachment available as an additional item for this lathe. With this straightforward to fit device, you can turn your lathe into a combined milling machine. Find full details here.

Buy one of these lathes securely online, or feel free to call us on 01428 682929.


Our price includes VAT & UK mainland delivery.


Buy with confidence from Warco - we've been supplying lathes to customers worldwide for over 40 years now.