Re: Recieved My Machine: Was - Question From Newbie
- --- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "steve" <sdefrange@...> wrote:
> I did study the Sherline, Taig, and Unimat lathes and decided on the Taig. Spent a bit of time grazing several forums and just searching comparison articles online. Never can tell, I might end up with a Sherline also or might sell the Taig and get a Sherline. I may have been misled, but several indicators led me to believe that the Taig is a sturdier machine. I also like all the little T-Slots on the Taig components and the 3-Jaw chuck with top jaws. I probably would have adapted the Taig 3-Jaw to another brand machine if I'd decided to start with something besides Taig.
> I feel confident in cross-breeding several tailstocks to get what I want in a tailstock. I certainly thank you for your thoughts on this.
I own several of each that you have considered. Some are early models and are part of my micro lathe collection. When compared side by side, both the Taig and Sherline are far more sturdy than is required to do the work that should be done on either machine. If you purchase either to work at their upper limits you will be greatly disappointed. You would normally purchase a small machine to do small parts at their mid range limit where they are most efficient. Personally I compare machines side by side to determine efficiency and compatibility to other matching size machines such as a mill. As this would indicate, I am more into working on projects than purchasing a project. On the the other hand there is certainly nothing wrong with modifying something to your liking.
- On 07/31/2011 09:16 AM, steve wrote:
> Gd'day Gang,<snip!>
> I'm also studying the drive system and it's quite possible I'll bevisiting the treadmill salvage. From what I've learned so far the
treadmill motor/controller looks >most attractive. Looks, to me, like a
Sherline drive unit would be a good method, but would be a bit more
difficult to come by without coughing-up for a new >unit. I know very
little about electronics and I'll probably be popping up here with
questions on this issue.
>I took the long way around on this, first buying a Lee Engineering motor
> Thanks for the help so far.
off eBay. The motor was fine, and the nice large dial is what got me, I
tend to like old looking stuff.
The shaft wasn't up to my mangling, however.
So I grabbed a treadmill off Craigslist, and I'm happier. You can
usually find a runner, sometimes free, sometimes under $50. Mine was
$30. The motor is DC and the controller is very sweet. If I decide I
really need to, I'll wire in a reversing switch.
Even if you're not a wire-head, transplanting a treadmill motor and
control isn't too hard, it's really just find the wires and make sure
when you hook it all back up they are in the same places.
Welcome to the group, and good luck with powering up.
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