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Blog entry by jockmike2 posted 12-12-2007 07:05 PM 1444 reads 0 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My 16 in variable speed wood lathe model number( 46-745, 46-746, and 46-765x ) has a broken inverter Part # 1 I’ve called the Delta Manufacturing Plant in Tenn. and they said they discontinued production of all parts on this model a couple years ago. I have bought a new (supposed) one from a company in Lansing but it was no good. When I had an electrician hook it up and it did’nt work he said, must be the motor is bad. So I took the motor to Lansing Electric, a reputable organization around here and they charged me 163.00 dollars for cleaning up and putting new bearings in a perfectly good electric motor. So I took the inverter in to them and they said it was fried and they could not fix it because they could’nt find the electrical boards for it. I’m at a loss I went to the Delta/PortaCable website and got a bunch of websites that are supposed to handle aftermarket supplies for Delta, so far without success. If anyone knows of anyone know of any website that handles aftermarket supplies like this please let me know. In the parts manual, it is part # 1. Thats the best I can do. Thanks for listening, I’m a little frazzled and right now have an 800lb boat anchor sitting in my workshop. mike

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -



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mot

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#1 posted 12-12-2007 07:12 PM

Mike, I got a pain behind my eye with your story. I feel for you, brother. I wish I could help.

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#2 posted 12-12-2007 07:16 PM

thanks Mot. mike

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#3 posted 12-12-2007 08:22 PM

Did you ask them if they have a replacement upgrade that would work?

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

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che

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#4 posted 12-12-2007 08:26 PM

Don’t know much about lathes but, the inverter should be part of the variable speed control. You should be able to bypass it to get a single speed drive (or however many pulley combinations you have).

You should also be able to find a variable speed controller (inverter and rectifier) that will give you what you need. You’ll need to find the frequency range and power requirements.

If the boards are that cooked you’ll have a hard time repairing it without new boards.

-- Che.

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#5 posted 12-12-2007 08:39 PM

Your not the only one with this problem Mike.

Check this out.

It Makes me wonder if Dewalt is going to back up the tools they’re selling now. The public should know about how they treated all of there customers who bought Delta equipment.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

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che

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#6 posted 12-12-2007 08:56 PM

http://www.grainger.com/Grainger/items/5JJ62

I’m guessing your motor is 110V. They have 220 controllers as well…

-- Che.

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#7 posted 12-12-2007 08:57 PM

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-- Che.

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#8 posted 12-12-2007 10:51 PM

Mike I feel your pain. Hopefully you will get the lathe back in production soon – and won’t have to spend an arm and a leg to do it.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased." http://www.cajunpen.com/

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#9 posted 12-13-2007 01:40 AM

ouch!

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#10 posted 12-13-2007 01:51 AM

Mike try giving these guys a call They have some electric converters for single phase to three phase and also variable torque converters. But they have a search for different motors. You might look there

http://www.driveswarehouse.com/Drives/AC+Drives/Variable+Torque+VFD/

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia karsonwm@gmail.com †

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#11 posted 12-13-2007 01:53 AM

Thanks to all you guys for your help. Che, the inverter is the variable speed control or the (drive) mechanism. Actually it’s a 3 phase motor, thats why I call it an inverter. It runs off 110 volts. The company that has it right now has found one, they want 1500.00 dollars for it, and they’ve already overhauled a good motor I took in to them because the electrician thought that since I bought that inverter new it had to be the motor. So I took the motor in to them to fix and there was’nt anything wrong with it. Now I’m into them another 63.00 for looking at inverter. I don’t know what to do. thanks again guys. I wish I knew more about what you were talking about Che I’d take it somewhere else and have it upgraded or sidegraded. LOL mike

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#12 posted 12-13-2007 03:30 AM

Thanks fellas I appreciate the help. Dick I call Delta/PortaCable in Tenn. today and got the answer I did’nt want to hear. They quit making parts for those lathes in 03. I asked if they could help me in any way and the b_tch on the other end said sorry you are just out of luck. I said you mean I am stuck with an 800lb boat anchor and she just laughed, and said thats right. Sorry, goodbye.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#13 posted 12-13-2007 03:34 AM

well gang I just received a call from the best guy on the site, namely Karson he hooked me up with a website that may have my inverter/drive for 216.00. God Bless that man, he’s done more favors for me than my own father ever did. Thanks again Karson, I’m in your debt. mike

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#14 posted 12-13-2007 10:38 AM

I’m keeping my fingers crossed Mike…

-- Dorje (pronounced "door-jay"), Seattle, WA

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#15 posted 12-13-2007 08:26 PM

well, wasn’t that the best “customer service” call you have ever had!!! :(

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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