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Forum topic by PatP posted 01-17-2010 12:34 AM 3206 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-17-2010 12:34 AM

I recently picked up a couple of tools for a pretty good price, FREE! I got a Vega S45 bandsaw and a Vega 170 lathe. I’m looking for some info on the Vega lathe but so far I unable to find anything on the net. Anybody have this machine and willing to send me copies of owners manual or anything explaining it’s opperation. Any info/help is greatly appreciated. Pictures below.

Thanks


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#1 posted 01-18-2010 04:43 AM

I thought with all the people on here there would be one that has one of these things, even it it’s and oldie. I’ll try calling Vega on Monday.

-- Pat>>> A Man Don't Learn a Lesson Unless It Costs Him Blood or Money!!!!!

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#2 posted 01-18-2010 06:37 AM

I’ve heard of them, but that was years ago. I’m not really a turner, so… Sounds like calling the company is your best bet. Congrats on the great find!

-- Karen - a little bit of stupid goes a long way

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#3 posted 01-18-2010 04:50 PM

According to “Old Woodworking Machinery” website, the company is still in business, making lathes and table-saw fences. check out http://www.owwm.com/home.aspx

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#4 posted 01-18-2010 07:20 PM

Yea—not much info on OWWM. I found the company with Google. About to give them a call.

-- Pat>>> A Man Don't Learn a Lesson Unless It Costs Him Blood or Money!!!!!

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#5 posted 11-17-2015 11:27 PM

Don’t bother with Vega in Decatur Illinois with the 170 lathe. Randall has not a clue, drawing or any info at all, let alone product. I’ve tried finding face plate adapters and face plates for mine and so far found nothing. The lathe is now in perfect working order without the face plates.
Does anyone know what weight oil should be used for the main drive spindle?
I read a Yates spindle required a #10 Mobile oil so that is I’ve temporally oiled it with.
Does anyone have a clue as to the face plate design and dimensions?
Thanks, And Good Luck

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#6 posted 06-14-2016 05:51 AM

I use 10w-30 (was told by original owner). your spindle looks different than mine so i am not sure if i can help you with the face plate mine is threaded on outside as well as has a #2 morse in the middle where as yours seems to take a slotted type(46mm??)

can i ask is that the original spindle for that lathe or was it replaced? i haven’t seen a 170 with it that type before then again i think they did have a few different variants my high school was lucky enough to have 6 of them(all like the one i use today with exception of switch location) and a couple jet several years ago. the switch was moved on mine to just above and behind the head stock(easier to get to and helpful when having to turn on outboard mount for bowls and stuff).

good lathe once you learn the quirks, owners manual that i got with mine is fairly useless(i might upload a copy later). PatP what info would you like to know about it?

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#7 posted 06-14-2016 06:48 AM



Does anyone know what weight oil should be used for the main drive spindle?
I read a Yates spindle required a #10 Mobile oil so that is I ve temporally oiled it with.

- Woodrick

Don’t know about the Vega but my old Delta calls for “light machine oil” which is a low viscosity, non-detergent oil around 15-20 weight (SAE). I contacted 3M (owned by WD-40) and inquired if their oil would meet those requirements and the answer is yes. I’m told that sewing machine oil and spindle oil are also satisfactory. Don’t tell anyone but I’ve been known to take 10w-30, add a little bit of kerosene and use that for light machine oil; it also make a decent penetrating oil in a pinch.


Thank you for contacting WD-40 Company. We appreciate your interest in our products. We will be happy to provide the SAE for our oils, which are both classified as non-detergent. We recommend consulting with the owner’s manual or manufacturer for the their expert advice.

3-In-One Multi-Purpose Oil – SAE 17
3-In-One Motor Oil – SAE 20

Thank you again for contacting WD-40 Company. Please let us know if we may be of further assistance.

Best regards,
Karen Oakley
WD-40 Customer Service

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#8 posted 06-16-2016 12:06 AM

Spindle- As far as I know, yes it is the original spindle which uses a grub/set screw to secure the face plate. They needed to be “tight”.
As for the spindle/face plates- I purchased a draw bar- (3/8” x 16” long threaded rod with a knob on the left side) it is threaded into a 3/8” threaded (#2 Morse taper) adapter with 1”x 8 threads. The adapter then threads into the 1” x 8 aluminum face plates. The problem with the draw bar is a vacuum chuck cannot be used due to the spindle’s hollow being used by the draw bar. My next purchase will be the best chuck available.
Oil- The spindle oil seems to be working fine.
Note: The rpm markings pictured are incorrect. I used a lazer rpm meter to check it and found that I’ll need to reprint the labels.
The Vega 170 pictured with a new slide out shelf, tool holder/ bar magnets and a drive spur (#2 Morse taper)

Sewing machine oil was mentioned- Years ago I was trying different lubes on an old Graybar machine (1920’s?), I tried everything and it still ran like it was 80 years old. I sprayed a little Dura-Lub on it. Remember that stuff ? Well the rpm’s picked up and it run like a brand new machine. My Mother in law is still using it and says it works great. A couple mallets from a fallen elm? with the handles from shag bark hickory.
This is a DIY centering jig. Made from clear poly-carbonate. The lines were scratched in with a divider/ filled with a permanent sharpy marker, and then polished clean with a 3M Trizact 3000 disc and polish.

Another hammer made from Shag Bark Hickory on my 1st lathe.

Note: The finish was old and thick, but one coat does it!

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