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David Kirtley

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#1 posted 01-31-2013 09:27 PM

I suggest not reinventing the wheel on the highly machined parts. You can pick up replacement spindles that will have the Morse tapers already made. I picked up a replacement spindle for my model metal lathe for under $40. A pair of matching pillow blocks ($8 each) and if I needed to, I could put them together as a lathe from that and just about any motor.

The regarding the DC vs 3ph + VFD. With a 2 HP dc motor, the controller and power supply will be a much more expensive route. At 750 watts = 1 HP, that is a serious DC power supply. I had picked up some smaller DC motors on the cheap before realized it was much more expensive that way.

-- Woodworking shouldn't cost a fortune:

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