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66241Re: [atlas_craftsman] Re: Old Craftsman Lathe - Mine for the Asking

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  • Bruce Freeman
    Dec 1, 2010
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      Grab that lathe!

      As a newbie to a newbie, I suggest you get a 1/3 or 1/2 HP single phase
      motor, preferably with some appropriate pulley already in place. As someone
      else asserted, a used motor may well be fine. Preferably power it up before
      you buy it, but I've bought used motors for $5-$10, and have seldom been

      I don't know that model lathe. On my old Atlas, the motor hangs out back,
      so advice not to get an open frame motor is good for me. However, the lathe
      in the photo seems to show an enclosure for the motor. If the motor is out
      of range of grease and chips, an open frame might be fine. And washing
      machine motors are dirt cheap.

      You probably already know that you can't run a 3-phase unless you're wired
      for it, which most home shops are not, and it's not cheap to bring in
      3-phase power if you don't have it already. 3-phase motors, I understand,
      are noted mostly for delivering high torque and electrical efficiency in a
      relatively small package. You don't necessarily need that.

      If you use a higher-HP motor, you'll have a higher torque. If you need high
      torque, you need it, but I strongly suggest you go with low torque until you
      know -- you can always change out the motor later. You're less likely to do
      damage to your work, your lathe and yourself with a low torque machine. I
      can stop the rotation of my lathe chuck by hand, mainly due to belt
      slippage, and I wouldn't have it any other way -- too much chance for an
      inexperienced person like me to get injured otherwise.

      And while a VFD is sexy and no doubt useful and convenient, you certainly
      don't need it to get started.

      So, get the lathe, put a cheap used motor on it, and start learning!

      On Tue, Nov 30, 2010 at 11:52 PM, <jerdal@...> wrote:

      > yep.....
      > Just finishing up a single phase VFD for a special military product (had to
      > fit a certain space) driving a PFC motor...... Standard variable speed
      > unit is not "that" difficult.......
      > if you want all the bells and whistles, that gets a little more
      > troublesome.
      > if you want advanced 3phase sensorless vector, that is a major project, and
      > unless you are a real DSP whiz, fugettabouttit.
      > JT
      > ----- Original Message -----
      > From: "Charlie Gallo" <Charlie@... <Charlie%40TheGallos.com>>
      > To: "Scott Henion" <atlas_craftsman@yahoogroups.com<atlas_craftsman%40yahoogroups.com>
      > >
      > Sent: Tuesday, November 30, 2010 10:09 PM
      > Subject: Re: [atlas_craftsman] Re: Old Craftsman Lathe - Mine for the
      > Asking
      > >
      > > On 11/30/2010 Scott Henion wrote:
      > >
      > >> Make a VFD? not an easy task.
      > >
      > > As I know guys who do it every day, I'd have to say "depends on how GOOD
      > a
      > > VFD you want" I've tested/debugged more than a few "back when", when it
      > > was way harder, as a lot of the chipsets in use today didn't exist. Of
      > > course, the guys I'm talking about are usually working with VFDs and AC
      > > inverter drives measured in the 100s, if not 1000s of Kw (Hint, EMD uses
      > > some of their stuff to run locomotives, and their stuff replaced most of
      > > the mechanical 25 Hz inverters for the NYC subway)
      > >
      > > --
      > > 73 de KG2V - Charles Gallo
      > > Quality Custom Machine-shop work for the radio amateur (sm)


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