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Hi deadeye. I am an owner. There are a lot of these things out there. They are nice and small, and are a real lathe. They are, however, limited in capacity and have some quality issues. Some people say that an import mini-lathe is better to start off with. Do you have one? Is it a basket case, or is it just working poorly? Or, do you just want to connect with some others who use these machines?
 

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I have a South Bend 9C, 3 craftsman 109 , rebuilding 2 making parts (tooling, tool holders, etc) 1 maximat 7 (missing lathed head would to sell or trade )1 Taig lathe 1 millrite knee mill , 1 Shop Smith , and 1 Rockwell 46- 201 lathe head that I plan to make a bowl lathe . I have been researching VFD variable frequency drives. way too much going on. But I am retired and I have a degree in machine tool technology, and teach at the same tech. school from time to time adjunct. this is way more than you wanted to know












have plans to make a bowl lathe
 

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Hi: I have 3 craftsman 1 complete , 2 rebuilding . I am looking for someone who has same the same interest
Look no further, you have found them. You are on the right website and in the correct section.:encourage:
 

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I have a South Bend 9C, 3 craftsman 109 , rebuilding 2 making parts (tooling, tool holders, etc) 1 maximat 7 (missing lathed head would to sell or trade )1 Taig lathe 1 millrite knee mill , 1 Shop Smith , and 1 Rockwell 46- 201 lathe head that I plan to make a bowl lathe . I have been researching VFD variable frequency drives. way too much going on. But I am retired and I have a degree in machine tool technology, and teach at the same tech. school from time to time adjunct. this is way more than you wanted to know












have plans to make a bowl lathe
Do you have plans for a bowl lathe I have been look at the Nova 1624 trying to figure how to mount the C56 faced motor
 

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Look no further, you have found them. You are on the right website and in the correct section.:encourage:
Has any body adapted to a 3 phase motor with VFD VARIABLE FREQUENCY DRIVE? THANK YOU I will have lots of questions 60 years in Maintenance . Not exactly a novice
 

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I picked one up recently in very good shape for small turning jobs like magneto parts and carburetor Jets etc .TJ
 

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Has any body adapted to a 3 phase motor with VFD VARIABLE FREQUENCY DRIVE? THANK YOU I will have lots of questions 60 years in Maintenance . Not exactly a novice
I have recently installed a 240V 3-phase, 1750 RPM motor on my Atlas TH42 lathe. Motor is a #56 frame size, which was easily adapted to fit the original motor bracket on the lathe.
I used a Baldor 1 HP VS1ST 120V VFD, and I wired up a potentiometer for speed control and a SPDT switch for FWD-REV. I am pleased with how it turned out, it works really well.

Bill
 

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I have recently installed a 240V 3-phase, 1750 RPM motor on my Atlas TH42 lathe. Motor is a #56 frame size, which was easily adapted to fit the original motor bracket on the lathe.
I used a Baldor 1 HP VS1ST 120V VFD, and I wired up a potentiometer for speed control and a SPDT switch for FWD-REV. I am pleased with how it turned out, it works really well.

Bill
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May I ask where you got you parts from, I want to build a bowl lathe ,and convert my millrite mill, as well as my craftsman 109 lathe and drill press

thank YOU for you reply
 

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May I ask where you got you parts from, I want to build a bowl lathe ,and convert my millrite mill, as well as my craftsman 109 lathe and drill press

thank YOU for you reply
Here's the motor I bought:

https://www.surpluscenter.com/Brand...-460-Volt-AC-3Ph-S56-Leeson-Motor-10-2711.axd

I also got my motor shaft pulley from the same place.

The VFD is something I had lying around, any 120V or 240V single-phase input VFD with adequate HP rating will work, as these will have a 240V 3-phase output.

Bill
 

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I pulled an old treadmill out of the garbage to use the motor eventually, but my daughter stole it and is using it as a treadmill. I got a nice motor with my 109 so I am just going to build a jackshaft for it, hopefully things will calm down after harvest is over, I am up to my eye balls in broken farm machinery right now.
 

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Please elaborate.
Hey Randy would it be hard to add Dunlap to the header of this section, a new owner might not know they are related to each other
 

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Hey Randy would it be hard to add Dunlap to the header of this section, a new owner might not know they are related to each other
I don't know, I'll find out what the staff has to say.
 

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I don't know, I'll find out what the staff has to say.
Hi: I am the new guy may I suggest that you just add a (/ Dunlap ) and that would make it easier for most to find everything at one spot I by no means am trying to step on any toes Thank YOU
 

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Hey Randy would it be hard to add Dunlap to the header of this section, a new owner might not know they are related to each other
Hi: I am the new guy may I suggest that you just add a (/ Dunlap ) and that would make it easier for most to find everything at one spot I by no means am trying to step on any toes Thank YOU
No you aren't stepping on anyone's toes. I am a lowly mod and not an admin. I do not have the power to make your requested change. But, as you can now see, your request has been granted.
 

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Hi deadeye. I am an owner. There are a lot of these things out there. They are nice and small, and are a real lathe. They are, however, limited in capacity and have some quality issues. Some people say that an import mini-lathe is better to start off with. Do you have one? Is it a basket case, or is it just working poorly? Or, do you just want to connect with some others who use these machines?
I am looking for people who have a Craftsman 109 and South Bend 9 who use thier machines and who have made improvments on their machines
 

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I am looking for people who have a Craftsman 109 and South Bend 9 who use their machines and who have made improvements on their machines . I will post some photos of my own soon
 

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Hi deadeye. I am in the same situation. I have 2 109's and a South Bend 9. Currently, I am working on a toolpost for the South Bend. It was stripped before I bought it.
 

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do you have any measurements, I have som extra tool post of various sizes. Lantern type
 

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Hi: I am the new guy may I suggest that you just add a (/ Dunlap ) and that would make it easier for most to find everything at one spot I by no means am trying to step on any toes Thank YOU
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This is something I have been working on , tool holders just for my 109's they work with home made tooling as well. By home made I mean broken tooling that has been refigured to fit. I get an ample supply of center drill and square tool bit that have been broken by students who have not learned yet how to use same.
 

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Hi deadeye. I've got some just like that! In fact, I am using one on my South Bend. It is not very stable because it needs a riser. But, it doesn't have to be. I think it just did it's last job: a quick change tool holder with a pretty beefy tool block and column. I still have a bit of milling and drilling work to do.

Thank you for the offer of the South Bend lantern toolpost. I actually have a lantern on the way, but no armstrong tool bit holders. This is more of an original look kind of thing, since I hear that the lantern doesn't work all that well. But, since I already rough forged it, I may as well complete it. It is very low priority, though. And a whole bunch of other priorities have come in.
 
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