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Forum topic by Sawdust2 posted 09-16-2007 07:49 PM 865 views 0 times favorited 10 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Sawdust2

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09-16-2007 07:49 PM

Topic tags/keywords: mini-lathe variable speed motor

I’ve had a Carba-Tac mini-lathe for years and it has, and still does, serve me well. But I see that a lot of the lathes now have variable speed motors on them.

I’ve emailed Carba-Tec in AU but does anyone know of a supplier in the US of A where I can get a variable speed motor to bring my lathe to state of the art?

It also looks as if a motor for one of the other mini-lathes might work. Anyone done that?

-- No piece is cut too short. It was meant for a smaller project.


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Douglas Bordner

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#1 posted 09-16-2007 10:44 PM

Lee-
Big ole expensive motor and controller at Craft Supplies USA

Penn State Industries sells Carba-tec, but no mention of VS motor available.

Maybe time for a nice Jet Mini with VS?

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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Thos. Angle

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#2 posted 09-16-2007 11:24 PM

I don’t know anything about mini-lathes and very little about the ones I own. I’m curious about “LEE”. And how did Douglas figure it out? Now I feel stupid for addressing you as “Xavier” What gives?

Tom

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#3 posted 09-16-2007 11:26 PM

I’m happy with my Jet. : ^ )

I can recommend it.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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Sawdust2

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#4 posted 09-17-2007 12:20 AM

Doug – I went and looked at your link. I’m afraid that it’s a tad too big for a mini-lathe. Appreciate the humor, tho’

Tom, Doug looked at my profile when he and Debbie visited my shop.

My posted nickname is a philosophy. Figure it out. I posted on what I do for a living. Maybe that will help.

-- No piece is cut too short. It was meant for a smaller project.

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Bob #2

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#5 posted 09-17-2007 12:42 AM

save your own asses? what kinna name is et?

Bob

-- A mind, like a home, is furnished by its owner

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Dan'um Style

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#6 posted 09-17-2007 01:46 AM

you might try this item …. link ...

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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Woodminer

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#7 posted 09-20-2007 02:09 AM

Dan offers some hope, but you need to check with folks who really know and understand electricity. Not saying that Dan doesn’t, but realize that not all motors handle variable speed controls like the one Dan found you. On a mini-lathe, we’re not talking about a big load or anything, but you still need to make sure that such a controller will not make the magic blue smoke disappear from your motor and leave you with a fairly expensive anchor! 8^)

-- Dean, Missouri

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Sawdust2

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#8 posted 09-20-2007 04:51 AM

Well, the upgrade available from PSI and/or Carba-Tex will not work with my lathe because the legs are too short. There is no space to put the motor under the lathe. The cost was $106.00 plus I would have had to make a bracket to raise the lathe and also to attach the tensioning lever. Not feasible.

The motor is ancient. At least 30 years old. 1/6 hp, 2.5 amp, 1725 rpm. If the smoke escaped I’d probably be doing it a favor. But it works. I have to put a spin on the headstock as I turn on the motor because it will not start on its own. But once its turning it keeps on turning.

I guess us old farts are going to just stick together as we are. If dogs age 6 to 1 do motors age 2 to 1?

So, if I can find a rheostat locally that’s probably what I will do. I doubt that it will fry the motor because I won’t turn it down THAT slow.

-- No piece is cut too short. It was meant for a smaller project.

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mot

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#9 posted 09-20-2007 09:06 AM

Once you’ve gone variable speed, you’ll never go back. :)

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

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Bob #2

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#10 posted 09-20-2007 02:45 PM

Sawdust , my old friend , it’s time to say goodbye to your trusted buddy and move on to new greener pastures.
So many choices, so little time! <g>

Bob

-- A mind, like a home, is furnished by its owner

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