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04-10-2017 12:06 PM

Topic tags/keywords: lathe upgrade dc motor ac motor delta 1460 treadmill

Hi,

Recently acquired this delta 1460 lathe. Seems to be in good shape with exception of motor and belt and stand. Looking to get your opinion on how to best get this lathe up and running. Will be building a wooden stand for it (since the cast iron legs are way to expensive). I guess my question is get an AC motor and try to get the pulley system up and running or DC motor (treadmill) and upgrade it to a more precise variable speed? (Also how much horse power should the motor have?)


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#1 posted 04-10-2017 12:07 PM

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#2 posted 04-10-2017 12:51 PM

I have a 35 year old Delta lathe …. it has a 3/4 hp motor. No problem at all doing spindle work. I’m not much of a bowl turner, 10” diameter bowls were probably my maximum size. I’d think that if your going to stress that size motor it would be with bowls. But I’ve never jambed it to a stop. Its belt driven so the pulleys would have slipped first anyway. Just a thought about stand … I mounted mine on 2 – 6” wide concrete walls. Complete over kill. Could have used concrete block, but I had a younger back :) If you go with a wood stand, design it so that you can a some weight to the stand. If only to dampen vibration. Could use sand bags or the like.

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#3 posted 04-10-2017 01:16 PM

I have a 70 year old 1460. I put a 1hp, 3 phase motor with a VFD on it and never looked back. Variable speed and reverse and adequate power. To my mind it beats messing with jack shafts and moving belts. Lots of setup help here and other forums.

-- Member Valley Woodturners Ottawa. Member AAW

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#4 posted 04-10-2017 02:26 PM

Thanks appreciate the input, I should probably have mentioned it will be in a garage and I may need to move it everyonce in a while so cement may be a bit to perminant. Also I agree I do like the idea of just turning a nob to change the speed.

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#5 posted 04-10-2017 02:47 PM

You don’t say where you’re located, but if you’re anywhere near a large city, check out some welding shops and try to get some 3X4 or 4×4 with 1/4” wall thickness, and have them make you a stand. Then, you can mount wheels, or just drag it across the floor.

I have the same lathe that I converted to VFD. I made pulleys, both motor and spindle to accept J8 belts, motor mount as I used my face mount dust collector motor which was 3 phase, and stand made from my old lumber racks I had when I had my business. I told people who asked that it is comparable to a new Powermatic, except for the noise from the spindle. When I find my pictures, I’ll post what I did to my 1460, which is now retired.

What is the serial number of your lathe? ............... Jerry (in Tucson)

-- Jerry (in Tucson) www.woodturnerstools.com

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#6 posted 04-10-2017 03:46 PM

Hi Jerry,

Would love to have a metal base for it, any idea how much getting a custom bench like that made cost? (Roughly) I’m near Boston and there is a welding shop down the street.

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#7 posted 04-10-2017 09:04 PM



Hi Jerry,

Would love to have a metal base for it, any idea how much getting a custom bench like that made cost? (Roughly) I m near Boston and there is a welding shop down the street.

- Obrizzy

Can’t give you a cost. I have a welder friend who started his business same time as I did, and we were neighbors in the business park. I paid him back in ‘84 about 1500 bucks for 6 “L” shaped legs 3” x 4” x 12 feet tall, and twenty four 42” arms for the shelves. When I finally decided I was tired of cutting myself up, I shut down my shop. I kept everything because I knew I would have a need for it as the years went by.

Anyway, in 2009, I went to my welder friend, and he said, “You know how to cut stuff, so cut it and I’ll weld it. He absolutely refused to take any compensation for his welding. So, I had existing material, and he welded it for free. Can’t give you a cost….. That’s my story, and I ain’t gonna change it.

A welding shop that would possibly have the stuff you would need is a shop that makes structural columns, or beams, and that sort of stuff. They will probably have all sorts of scraps that you could get real cheap if the owner is a good guy. Near Boston, I’m sure there are several steel supply companies nearby. They usually have cutoffs, and will sell for pennies above scrap prices… Get your stuff there. Make friends with the welding shop staff, or search out all your friends to see if any know how to weld. After getting the stuff cut and organized as to the order of assembly, take it to your newfound friend at the welding shop, and have them welded for shop rate or trade for some future turnings.

I just took a few pictures of my 1460, and will post them in a new thread when my computer decides to wake up and recognize my SDHC card. The computer is less than 2 months old, and recognizes the card only when it feels like it. It’s a conspiracy, I tell you!. My intelligence against a computer, and I’m losing that battle. ........ Jerry (in Tucson)

-- Jerry (in Tucson) www.woodturnerstools.com

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#8 posted 04-10-2017 09:13 PM

Since you need a motor… you might want to try and find a used treadmill – which can usually be had for really cheap or free. I’ve been able to grab 6 for free in the last year or so. Only thing extra you would need is a proper sized pulley for it. With a stepped pulley, you will have an incredible range of speeds available.

As a side benefit, the frames are a great source for metal stock which can be used for all sorts of projects, including building a stand for the lathe :) Not to mention all the other stuff you get – like the deck which can be used for a table saw extension or router table, rollers to make roller stands from, casters and wheels, hardware of all kinds, walking belt can be used for a ton of different things, etc…
There is a gold mine in them things!

Cheers,
Brad

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

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#9 posted 04-10-2017 09:13 PM

Thanks again Jerry appreciate the information, I will bring a box of donuts when I visit the welder.

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#10 posted 04-10-2017 11:38 PM



Thanks again Jerry appreciate the information, I will bring a box of donuts when I visit the welder.

- Obrizzy


And when you get there, just say, “Here’s a no strings attached box of donuts for you outstanding members of the community.” It’s too bad welders don’t have the donut stigma attached to them like cops do. You wouldn’t have a problem…. It would be done in record time. ........ Good luck…...... Jerry (in Tucson)

-- Jerry (in Tucson) www.woodturnerstools.com

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