Harbor Freight Lathe Critique #2: Follow up on lathe filter comments

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Blog entry by luv2learn posted 12-05-2013 07:30 PM 2095 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1: First Impressions Part 2 of Harbor Freight Lathe Critique series Part 3: Head Stock and Tail Alignment Issues »

Fellow Lumberjock Jim Jakosh asked some valid questions concerning my DIY air filter. He asked about the clearance when turning a large bowl with the filter in place. So, this morning I measured the clearances, if any, between the end of the filter and the face of my 6” dia. faceplate and my four jaw chuck.

Taking the filter off, I measured 3/8” clearance between the end of the motor and the face of the faceplate. I measured 1 1/8” clearance with the four jaw chuck in place.

I took the filter to the table saw and reduced the depth from 4” to 2 1/2”

Installing the filter again, I now have about an 1/8” encroachment with the faceplate installed and about 1/2” clearance with the four jaw chuck in place.

This lathe has a 12” swing with the head stock in the ”Home” position so depending how I set up a 12” piece to be turned using the faceplate I may have to remove the filter. I should be OK using the four jaw chuck.

There were some questions about restricted airflow around the motor with the filter in place. The filter material I am using is manufactured by Flanders PrecisionAire. It is a washable and reusable material designed to reduce dust, pollen and lint. It is not a high micron count filter. As you can see it is a rather loose weave.

I don’t know whether or not the addition of the filter will be of any substantial benefit. I guess time will tell. I will keep you posted.

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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#1 posted 12-05-2013 10:18 PM

Nice response, Lee. Just want you to be safe and have fun turning!!

Merry Christmas!!!!!...................................Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#2 posted 12-05-2013 10:41 PM

Thanks Jim. A Merry Christmas to you and yours also!!

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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#3 posted 12-05-2013 11:54 PM

Nice explanation in answer to Jim question! Learning all the time on this site thanks to buddies like you!
You are filled with good ideas my friend!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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