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Old 03-10-2016, 11:37 PM
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1/2 hp motors are almost not worth worrying about they are very common. just make sure that the motor you chose is reversible and that it runs freely when powered before you mount it.
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Old 03-11-2016, 09:37 PM
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IT LIVES!

I took the motor off and took it partially apart after work today. There were three problems:

1. One of the blade connectors on the start capacitor had come detached.
2. Wire to same connector on centrifugal switch contact points was loose.
3. Contact points on centrifugal switch were very dirty and corroded.

I cleaned and filed the points, re-soldered the loose connection on the contact, and reconnected the start capacitor and it works fine. I oiled everything and powered it up. All seems well. I ended up drilling the belt tensioner lever for a cross bolt to make it work again. I even made a few chips tonight; I don't yet have the T-nut machined for the QCTP (I'll have to borrow a milling machine) but I drilled a hole into the center of a pivot bolt for my mower so I can add a grease fitting to something that needs one.

Still need to paint a couple pieces for the cabinet and organize what little tooling I have, but it's more or less ready to use now.
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Old 03-11-2016, 10:32 PM
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That's a fine looken unit!!!
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Old 03-11-2016, 10:43 PM
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Way to go Matt that is a pretty looking set up . Take a few high quality pictures for posterity because it will not look tthat good soon
does that motor have the 5 and 8 wires identified? they are what you need for a reversable motor. I see a standard switch on the base is that your power switch? If so I would move it to the other side.
The reason is that you may want to switch the lathe off in an emergency. You do not want to reach across the hot work zone in an emergency.
If you replace that box with a double box you can mount a double pole double throw reversing toggle switch in the second section.
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Old 03-12-2016, 08:24 AM
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Yeah, as best I can tell it is the original, reversible motor that came with the lathe. At some point in the future I may wire it for reversing. Going to have to build a bigger junction box for the motor; I can't even get the cover on with the current connections, let alone two more. We wired my Dad's Atlas to be reversible, and so far he's never had any need to run in reverse. I'm using a heavy-duty 20A switch for the on/off switch.

I am left-handed, so the switch is located in the safest position for me

That's already a double box, as I wanted an outlet to plug a swing arm lamp into.
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Old 03-12-2016, 11:46 AM
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For your tool post you can build a quick one out of flat bar with about 1/16" clearance all the way around. Drill and tap the center and use threaded rod with a jam nut.
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Old 03-12-2016, 11:53 AM
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I am left-handed, so the switch is located in the safest position for me

No it is not in the safest position. The idea is not to put any portion of your body in front of the work area in case the lathe starts to lose hold of the part or it grabs a ball of cuttings and starts flailing them. your safe work position is behind the apron with the switch on the tail stock side.

Not having reverse is somewhat limiting but not as big a deal on these small lathes with screw on chucks
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Old 03-12-2016, 12:56 PM
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That is a mighty handsome little lathe.
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