Bought a new lathe

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Blog entry by peteg posted 01-28-2011 12:10 AM 5081 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I thought it was time to upgrade my faithful 3000 to a new DVR. Hard to imagine how a machine simply spinning a piece of timber around neeeds to be anything more than a motor driving a shaft with some method of attachment for you timber.
Thats what I thought untill I fired up this new machine, they are chalk & cheese, the DVR has no belt drive as the motor is built as part of the headstock, the motor is a “Digital Variable Reluctance” unit, the technology give a constant speed adjustment regardless of the load variations. You can dial up any speed in 5 rpm incriments up to 3000 rpm with 5 presets to your liking. There is also a choice of 3 speed coefficents , soft, med & hard to kepp speed adjusted correctly. The headstock rotates a full 360 degrees.
The smoothness with no belt linkage is incredable.
So thats the good news, but what about all your chucks, carving posts faceplates and a variety of other gadgets you have built up along the way, not to mention the bed extension is also different, then if I tell you that the spindel thread size is different gives a hint to what happens next.
I have already done all the new inserts for the chucks, bought new faceplates to add to the standard one supplied & am currenly rebuilding a new vacuum chuck, so I am getting there.
But boy it is worth it, if you are thinkng of upgrading part of your gear then go for it, remember that today is not a practice day in your life it’s the real deal & it has just moved on another “notch” in your life

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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#1 posted 01-28-2011 12:21 AM

You lucky duck. I’m saving for one of those but it’s going to take awhile. Enjoy!

-- Darell, Norman, Ok.

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#2 posted 01-28-2011 01:50 AM

oh, I know you’ll be “turnin” out some more good stuff soon. congrats. gettin a new machine or a new tool is always a very happy day

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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#3 posted 01-28-2011 02:02 AM

Pete you are one lucky guy. I am looking forward to your new turnings. With the lathe you have now and the turnings you have shown me in the past, there isn’t that much to improve on your turnings, so you will have to up your out put to make up for the new tool.

-- Mel,

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#4 posted 01-28-2011 03:17 AM

Enjoy the new DVR. That is one fine machine…............

-- Brian, Ontario Canada,

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