|Forum topic by emiliof||posted 07-10-2016 06:14 PM||705 views||0 times favorited||6 replies|
07-10-2016 06:14 PM
I recently bought a variable speed Rockwell-Delta lathe, model 46-525. I am not an experienced woodturner but, in my opinion, this lathe works like a charm. The only problem seems to be that the speed control lever is hard to operate. If any of you guys have used one of these lathes, could you please tell me if you need to apply some force for rotating the speed control lever?
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When I bought the lathe, it was partially disassembled and I took the risk of buying it without seeing it working. It was really a bargain because the deal included a box with about 15 turning gouges and scrapers which, later on, I realized they were probably more valuable than the lathe itself (huge Robert Sorby gouges and scrapers that sell in 50 bucks each, at least).
Anyway, I disassembled the lathe completely, cleaned all parts and assembled it again. I lubricated every moving piece.
The variable speed control lever can only be operated while the lathe is spinning. You operate it by pulling the lever, rotating it and then pushing it back, which locks the mechanism. The speed control lever can be adjusted for smooth pull and push actions.
The rotation of the lever moves the Reeves pulleys. This operation, in my lathe, requieres quite a bit of force. I adapted a longer lever (2 inches longer) to it in order to enable a smoother rotation but I am afraid of applying too much force to the mechanism.