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I converted my Old Craftsman Wood lathe to a Variable Speed Treadmill Motor.
Works really Well.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=319V3AybFmE&feature=youtu.be

-- Still got all my Fingers!!!





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bushmaster

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#1 posted 04-22-2017 12:04 PM

That is certainly a unique idea. I like seeing the ingenuity of members, Would have liked seeing the video but it says it is unavailable. Is it public, I made that mistake once and the video was unavailable to others, I could watch it but others couldn’t.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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Jim Jakosh

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#2 posted 04-22-2017 02:01 PM

That is a very good idea. What model lathe do you have? How much of the electronics from the tread mill did you have to use? The video is unavailable to me too!

Can you post any more photos of the mounting and switches, etc?

I have a 15×38 Craftsman lathe and the motor quits when it gets hot. I have had it apart a few times but If I had thought of this I may not have bought my new Nova lathe( but I love the Nova). This idea gets rid of the Reeves drive monkey business!!

Thanks, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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TaybulSawz

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#3 posted 04-22-2017 04:13 PM

The video should be viewable now I’ll post more pics and details on how to do the electronic controls Very easy to do

-- Still got all my Fingers!!!

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helluvawreck

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#4 posted 04-22-2017 05:03 PM

It’s very creative and you have a lot of ingenuity. Nice work.

helluvawreck aka Charles
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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Rick

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#5 posted 04-22-2017 05:47 PM

What’s the speed range and what about the sliding switch?

-- http://thewoodknack.blogspot.com/

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MrUnix

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#6 posted 04-22-2017 06:26 PM

You gotta love free treadmills… not only do you get the motor and all the electronics to run it, but gobs of other great stuff that can be re-purposed. I’ve snagged a half dozen over the past year or two. Last one actually had a 2hp three phase induction motor and VFD!

Cheers,
Brad

-- Brad in FL - In Dog I trust... everything else is questionable

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TaybulSawz

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#7 posted 04-22-2017 08:01 PM

Here’s more pics . The sliding switch is original to the treadmill. Controls the variable speed the controls have a Fall Off diode whick means the sliding switch MUST be all the way up before the main switch is turned on. If it’s not, the motor will NOT start. I made the control box to house the MB and other components. It has a 15 amp breaker/fuse, Main Power switch, and Slider VS Controller. I got the Main Switch from Ebay for $2 bucks. Everything else comes from Treadmill internals. You have to solder one circuit together on the Motherboard as well. I’ll post a close up pic of that circuit later.


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MrUnix

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#8 posted 04-22-2017 09:57 PM

the controls have a Fall Off diode whick means the sliding switch MUST be all the way up before the main switch is turned on. If it’s not, the motor will NOT start.

For the MC60, you can add a simple start/stop switch so you can stop, then restart at the same speed it was before:

It’s also easy to wire for a forward/reverse switch.

Cheers,
Brad

-- Brad in FL - In Dog I trust... everything else is questionable

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Rick

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#9 posted 04-22-2017 10:02 PM



- TaybulSawz

Looks familiar ;)

-- http://thewoodknack.blogspot.com/

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MrUnix

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#10 posted 04-22-2017 10:06 PM

Looks familiar ;)
- Rick M

I was going to mention that, but figured it would be better coming from you :)

Cheers,
Brad

-- Brad in FL - In Dog I trust... everything else is questionable

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Rick

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#11 posted 04-22-2017 10:29 PM

Well I’m glad it’s out there being useful. That’s why I made it.

-- http://thewoodknack.blogspot.com/

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