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Blog entry by woodmaker posted 12-05-2014 07:47 PM 1062 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A friend of mine is closing out his shop and GAVE me the above mini-lathe.

I turned a small spindle just for giggles as it was my first use ever with a lathe, turned out just fine.

Yesterday I tried another blank and whenever i put the tool to the wood the spindle stopped turning and it was all the way up (3700rpm). That was odd. Is it the 1/3 hp motor is that weak?

I was using a brand new Easy Tools rougher (the mini).

I’ll probably only use this for pens and other small items, but that was disconcerting.

-- Mike

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#1 posted 12-05-2014 08:36 PM

How is the wood being held between centers?

-- Norman

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#2 posted 12-05-2014 08:48 PM

The fastest speed also gives you the lowest torque, so it is not surprising that you might stall the little lathe trying to turn at max speed. Also, the radius of the piece makes a difference. The larger the radius, the less “mechanical advantage” the motor has, so the greater likelyhood of a stall.

In any case, you got your money’s worth! :-)

If you have a bandsaw, you can cut the corners off your blank fairly easily to reduce the amount of wood the lathe must remove.

That shop fox looks identical to the Harbor Freight 95607.

I have the HF 16305, which has the 1/2 HP motor – and have not stalled it easily playing around with little spindles in pine and cherry.


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#3 posted 12-06-2014 12:40 AM

Using live spur and centers
Good idea cutting the corners I now remember thER owners manual says to do that
So, maybe slow the large down to say 1/2 speed?

-- Mike

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