Brief history..
Tough Machine Co originated in WA in the 1960’s. Mostly manufacturing farm equipment, they branched out into small woodworking machines.

When Len Smith began The Woodsmith back in 1970’s, he discovered the Tough brand Woodlathe. one of the most solid and reliable machines of the day. Len started shipping them in from WA and and quickly became the largest re seller of these machines in Australia…

Selling them to his turning students and shop customers.

New Manufacture
In the early 1990’s Tough WA closed down and Len bought the rights and patterns and tooling and began with his son Phil to manufacture them in their Factory in Bayswater Victoria..

All machines were hand built with care and attention to detail. With a few modifications and updates the lathes again continued to prove very popular…and years on were still one of the most solid fully cast iron and reliable machines on the market.

The Woodsmith business took a new direction in the early 2000’s and lathe production was halted…

Fast forward to 2022,
Tough lathes and parts are no longer manufactured, however we do still have a small stock of some parts tucked away in storage. Once we’ve sorted through them, then the parts that are available will be listed on this Website.
Please Note:- it may be some time before this can be done.