I bought a new large woodworking lathe any help identifying it please?

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Forum topic by SCOTSMAN posted 06-27-2009 01:47 PM 2553 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-27-2009 01:47 PM

Well Two years ago I bought an as new woodworking lathe it is a big beauty with a six foot bed. The only problem I have with it although it is single phase it runs very fast and I don’t have much room to increase the top pulley.I am thinking therefore of changing the motor to 3 phase and using an invertor with it.I did this with my milling machine which is in a different building,I was sold it as a startrite lathe an industriaL arm of the smaller firm record tools who also make lathes however I wrote to them and they deny it is one of theirs.With a lot of detective work I managed to find a smaller similar lathe made by the Italian company Centaura and I think it may be their lathe.Does anyone recognise it it simply says t 1500 here is a picture of it.Alistair

startrite lathe 1

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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#1 posted 06-27-2009 02:04 PM

i don’t know lathes ,
but i can see that with a six foot bed ,
you can make some mighty big pens !
enjoy .

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#2 posted 06-27-2009 03:07 PM

By the sounds of it you may have yourself a “spindle” machine for dedicated work.
Make sure you can use standard attachements to the spindle head and tail stock before you invest a lot on money on converting the speed.
p.s. I have no idea who made it.


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#3 posted 06-27-2009 05:16 PM

Maybe you can make yourself a jack shaft similar to this.

I made one like this for an old metal lathe i had.

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#4 posted 06-27-2009 05:22 PM

There is a company called MVM machinery in ohio. they made a t-1500 industrial copy lathe. I sent them your pic & am waiting for them to get back to me. If you google “MVM machinery ohio” you should be able to find them. Ted.

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#5 posted 06-27-2009 05:24 PM

No… its MO. not OH

-- Ted, TX or PA

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#6 posted 06-27-2009 06:41 PM

Thanks guys so far getting parts is not a problem BOB as I make my own in my machine shop when in trouble like this. I made this spindle extension to convert a chucking system I already have from 3/4×16tpi to 1.1/2 inch by 6 tpi it works fine thanks so far guys I really need to know this.Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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