Turning Archive 2005

Supping up the mini lathe

Dan Lanicek in TX
>I think I'd like to add more HP and VS to my Jet mini lathe. The only problem is I have no idea what I'm doing. I know I need a motor, a speed control, and a pulley. Anything else?

I looked around on eBay and here and it looks like going the DC route is cheaper than AC. Ideally, I'd like to use a 3/4 or 1 HP DC motor. That should be more power than my 1/2 HP mini lathe, right?

The speed controls are confusing. There are so many of them. Some are recognizable as a box with a switch or two and a knob. Some need additional parts for higher HP (?!). That makes me nervous. Others are just circuit boards. Where's the knob thingy?! I think I'll stay away from those altogether.

Can anybody who has done something like this point out exactly what I need so I don't get the wrong things? I just want to add true VS and a little more HP to my Jet mini lathe. Am I getting in over my head?

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