I am thinking of getting a warco 1440 lathe , it is the same as the Enco 1340 or 1440.
what do you think ??????????
Any info on the lathe would be great, is it any good or bad ?????
I have to bid on it this week, so please be quick, likes dislikes, any thing. lol
My Enco 1340 has different gear shifting leavers and some differences in the carriage but I am sure they will do the same functions.
Looking at the picture I get the impression the chucks and face-plate are threaded, my Enco has the D1-3 back plate.
The Warco has five accessories I did not get, a carriage stop, a work light, a foot stop bar, a shielded threading lead screw and a chip shield.
What type of power does the Warco require, 120 or 240 volt? and the weight may influence your decision.
It is a good machine, I have had it three years, not finished as well as some of the USA manufactured machines and it does require a certain amount of "getting used to". I like the 1-3/8" in bore in the spindle and the slower carriage speeds available. So far it has not lacked power or functionality. It has larger dials on the adjustment screws than my Clausing which is a plus. Not sure why the problem with the carriage clamp left the factory; the clamp would not hold the carriage while doing facing work. I cured the problem by replacing the existing flat strap clamp with an angle iron (more L shaped) unit. I also added shelving in the bottom of the cabinets so heavy items would not have to be lifted 3 inches to get them out of the cabinet.
Have a good day
I won the lathe, paid £1800 + vat 20% £360, $3300
It is in good nick, all the bits are there, its like new.
It will be delivered in 2 weeks, i will post photos.
I have to get the garage sorted out first,
The lathe arrived today, over the moon, the last 3-4 mills i was looking at got away.
I spent a week sorting out the garage out to make more room for the lathe.
I now have to sell my old one a Denford viceroy 10 x 22 lathe, i never got around the get it running,
I will get some photos this week, but now i have the jobs on the house to get done (pay back for the wife).
Wow Jeff. Really nice lathe and shop.
A manual should tell how to wire that motor so it matches the listed speeds.
With 16 speeds a vfd seems like overrkill. LOL
That table lift is a must. Got one a while back and though I've only used it a few times I feel it's paid for itself.
Hi tertiaryjim or is it just jim lol
Thanks for the compliment on the lathe & shop, i have far to much crap, that i never throw away.
The motor is 440v 3ph & my feed is 240v 1ph, so i do not need the Variable speed, but i do need the VFD.
I will see if the motor is 440v-240v today if not i will have to get a 1 speed motor, & lose 8 of the speeds.
The table lift is great, i got it for welding, i have a bad back & getting the job at the right height makes the job a lot easier & painless.
Moving stuff about is great, it will go up to 3' 6" so i can move my drill press around the shop, put my chop saw on, the list is endless.
Looking at the lathe it seems to have 16 geared speeds so no speeds should be lost unless it also has a switch for changing motor speed to get the second range.
Lift tables are great. If I tried to carry heavy objects my body parts might fall off.
Space is always a premium item.
It's a 2 speed motor, but most 2 speed motors are 440v & do not have 2 voltages, most 1 speed, new motors have 2 voltages 440v & 240v.
Do not get look at the motor to day, will try Sunday.
The garage is only 16' x 12' fairly big for the UK. I have 2 sheds & a van, that is shed 3 lol
Lot's of speed range there. Sounds mighty good.
Taking a close look at the pictures, that lathe design looks a lot like the Nardini lathes.
Hope your back is doing better!
I'm still learning to do things without doing damage to myself. Old habits die hard.
Do the O-rings on the anti-vibration pads hold onto the pad when the shaft is lifted ?
I really need to make something like those for my lathe. And I did a poor job on the stand . Should make a better one or figure how to reinforce it.
I have the same lathe, albeit not as pretty as yours. If it helps I looked into all sort of phase inverter options as I only have access to single phase supply. This was a few years ago and I cant remember exactly what the problem was but it was something due the way they are wound the two speed motor caused issues with a phase inverter. I ended up using a 4Kw rotary converter which I found on ebay for silly money.
Ouch, I must have been lucky as I found a Boost Energy systems A4 for £250, The bonus is that I use it for the mill and bandsaw as well. I have only just found this forum, looks like a good place to be.
Yes, one of the best forum's.
I have just got a s/h Aloris tool post & 10 tool holder for it, the holders are from the China via USA, will get them on the lathe in the next 2-3 weeks,
i am waiting for a Aluminum Extrusion to come, i have 25 tool holder brackets from Jay, off this forum, when i get the extrusion i will fit it to the back of the lathe.
Have you changed the oil in the lathe yet, if so what oil & iso.
How long have you had your lathe, is it a Warco.
You will enjoy that, a QC toolpost makes all the difference. I have a Dickson type on mine but could do with a few more tool holders.
I was going to ask you about the oil, I am not sure what is a alternative for Shell Tellus. More research needed.
No its not a Warco. I believe it was sold as a BSA 1440 when I got it about 3 years ago.
I know that a lot of folk knock the Chinese lathes but compared to a knackered Harrison M300 I used to use its a Rolls Royce. The only complaint I have is that it can be a faff to change feed speeds and the spindle speeds dont have much in the way of a positive indication. Oh, and I really, really need a bigger spindle bore.
I will post a few photos later on.
Jeez Jeff, I haven't got that many tools I will post some photos tomorrow (after cleaning it up I'm ashamed to say) Yes my spindle bore is the same but for some reason the farmers around here only seem to break the stuff that is bigger than that. I am in the process of moving, when that is sorted I am considering one of Warco's GH-1660's or possibly larger.
This is what it looked like when I first got it.