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Blog series by SteveL updated 03-26-2013 12:54 AM 2 parts 5647 reads 9 comments total

Part 1: Delta 14-651 Mortiser Switch Reliability

07-01-2010 07:15 PM by SteveL | 5 comments »

So, for the past 4-1/2 years, I’ve had this Delta 1/2 HP mortiser that has given fairly reliable service, even though my use is fairly infrequent. I think I’ve cut maybe 5 or 6 dozen mortises of various sizes with it, the whole time I’ve owned. Anyway, I’m working on a pair of Stickley round taborets in black walnut—not exactly the hardest hardwood. I shut off the mortiser to clear the chips, and it wouldn’t go back on. Since the motor wasn’t even...

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Part 2: PSI Turncrafter Lathe

03-26-2013 12:54 AM by SteveL | 4 comments »

Not sure, but I think I’ve had this for about 5 years now. The lathe doesn’t spin up right away. Sometimes it doesn’t start and other times, it starts but turns real slowly for a while, then speeds up to full speed. It also seems to lack power when I do get it running. It has a DC motor 1/2 horsepower, 120 VDC, 60 Hz, Class E 1700 RPM. I am assuming that the speed control has gone bad, but can’t be sure. Here’s a photo of the circuit board. H...

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