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08-10-2011 06:07 PM

Topic tags/keywords: lathe wood hf harbor tools lube lubrication maintenance shaft reversible head

hello! I just got the HF 12’’ x 33-3/8’’ Wood Lathe with Reversible Head and I am looking for people who have experience with this lathe because I need to know how you lubricate the shafts and what kind of grease you used. Plus any other opinions or advice you can give me. I used to the little VS wood lathe also from HF and it was great but like many people told me I was going to upgrade within a few months lol. BTW I got this new lathe for down cheap!! $160 and the 2 years extended service!!
thank you for your help!!

-- "Does this lathe makes my butt look big?"


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#1 posted 08-13-2011 03:45 PM

Josh, I’m envious. My best deal was $199. Shipping to MN was almost as much! Did you buy on line? Lithium grease (white) is an option. Looked into the huosing area. and it isn’t obvious. LOL One suggestion I’ve picked up on is a “dry” lithium grease..I think its spray on? I’ll check my NAPA auto parts and ACE HW. as preventive mainenance with moving parts is best.

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#2 posted 08-13-2011 06:16 PM

Lithium Grease is what I would use, just whip up the excess or it will be a major dust magnet. WD40 also will work if you maintain it.

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#3 posted 08-13-2011 09:19 PM

Josh, I really have nothing to add because lithium is the grease of champions. I just wanted to ask if you would mind reviewing that lathe in the review section here at LJ’s. I’ve been wanting to buy an “affordable” and/or CHEAP lathe for quite some time but I don’t know where to start. I’ve never had a lathe before and there are so many options on the market today. Thanks!

-- I have metal in my neck but wood in my blood!!

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#4 posted 08-14-2011 12:09 AM

I have the HF lathe and although I don’t use it very much, it has worked fine so far.

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#5 posted 08-15-2011 07:42 AM

Thank you everybody for the advice. I will be getting the lithium grease.
Doc: I’m lucky I have a HF in my town :-) !! the Lathe was a one day special for $175 and the guy let me use the 20% off coupon plus the 2 year cover it came out for $160.
Mike: I feel if i use WD40 I will be spraying it more often if I use grease, would that be the case?
Tim: I will definetely review the lathe, I’ve seen a couple of them and I will put my .02 cents with pics and everything else!

thank you guys!

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#6 posted 08-15-2011 05:17 PM

Josh,

As posted on my blog, I have mine assembled. Used lock washers where I could to assemble the stand as bolts are too short. Can get neoprene lock nuts if that becomes a problem due to vibration. Haven’t been to NAPA yet but people have replaced the drive belt due to the excessive wear caused by the speed shifting mechanism. It is a GATES #6724 Belt. I haven’t looked into a dry lithium spray on yet as suggested by another user. And it wasn’t clear but handles are available from Woodcraft. Apparently the handle nthreads shear due to stress?

Oh yeah, I found some meatal filings when I inspected the gearbox and cleaned them out. befor doing

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#7 posted 08-15-2011 05:38 PM

I am curious. I have yet to have any need to lubricate anything on my lathe. I find no mention of lubrication in the owners manual. What exactly are you intending to lubricate?

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#8 posted 08-15-2011 06:23 PM

Table saws, drill presses, and the lathe, all have moving components that require lubrication and maintenance. The HF manual is minimal. The white lithium grease is used in metal to metal contact areas. The moving parts may or maynot have sufficient lubrication, after all it is not a top of the line product? Not sure yet where I might lubricate it did spray some wd 40 in area where i found filings.

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#9 posted 09-08-2011 06:49 PM

ok everybody! finally got all the pics and enough usage with this lathe here is my review and maintenance tips…

So first I have to say that I really like this lathe. I’ve used the Jet 1236 at one of my friends shop and I didn’t see the difference. It has great power and no vibration… yes yes I did the nickel test. the tool rest does feel like is going to break but it hasn’t! some people had comment about the handles and the tool rest quality.. well to me they are great and I’ve been using this lathe almost every day ( 3 – 4 hrs/day) for the last month. The assembly was a little bit challenging specially because I did it by myself.. I strongly recommend to have a buddy to help you out. This thing weights a ton ( 170lbs. more or less). The stand assembly is very easy and it does feel weak but it does the job. The way I mounted the lathe on the stand came from the same concept as the stonehenge was build.

When I mounted the lathe on the base the bolts and the bolt holes on the base didn’t match so I had to use a strap clamp and started squeezing it until both matched.

After was finally assembled I took the belt cover off and changed the belt gates # 7240 (I know people had used a different one but this one worked for me) and lubricated the shaft.




I’ve checked the shaft and belt everyweek and both look good and the lathe runs perfect. Some people had comment about the motor getting really hot, not this one. at least not to the extent they had said.

This is an update of my experience with this lathe. Please let me know if you have any questions. I hope this helps others to make a more educated decision when it comes to lathes.

-- "Does this lathe makes my butt look big?"

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#10 posted 09-09-2011 03:22 AM

Thanks for the update. Got my chisels on sale from HF but not the cheapos. Waiting on snail mail delivery of a faceshield. I reinforced the rafters in my shop and set up a come-a-long, lifted the whole cast iron body minus stuff I could remove, and set it down on the stand. Even got a Riffan DVD pretty cheap..

Good luck and keep us posted. I won’t be really getting into it until the snow flies which isn’t that far away in MN. lol

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#11 posted 09-09-2011 03:24 AM

Hey are you using a chuck to turn the piece? If so where did you get it and did you need adapters?

Thanks

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#12 posted 09-09-2011 06:13 PM

Hey Doc this is the chuck I got.

http://www.woodcraft.com/Product/2020042/18872/1-x-8-TPI-SelfCentering-4Jaw-Chuck.aspx

it is basically one 4 jaw chuck, I got it for $75 in special, and you have to buy the adapter ( 1×8 tpi which is I think like $6).
this chuck is great too! haven’t had any problems or anything.

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#13 posted 09-09-2011 10:28 PM

thx…now @ 100 bucks! Might wait on it.

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#14 posted 09-09-2011 10:46 PM

DocSavage45—If you’re looking for a chuck, Penn State has a decent 4-jaw chuck on sale for $89 … includes 8” jumbo jaws, #1 Step Jaws, #2 Jaws, headstock adapters for 3/4” x 16tpi threaded to 1” x 8tpi. Check it out: http://www.pennstateind.com/store/CUG3418CCX.html.

This is not a keyed chuck (uses 2 Tommy Bars), but my lathe has a spindle lock, so this is not a problem for me.

—Gerry

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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#15 posted 09-10-2011 01:53 AM

thx, I know ewe get what we pay for “most of the time?” :) Harbor frieght has a chuck …but,,,It isn’t clear from critiques what it fits, and how many TPI. Might have to just use the face plate for starters?

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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