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Posted on Applications of 60RPM to 250RPM on a wood lathe?

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#1 posted 07-12-2017 03:48 PM

For cutting, surface speed, which is a product of rpm & diameter, is important. As others said, large diameter pieces need slower rpm whether roughing or finishing. Larger dia bowls and platters, like 16” and up, need speeds below 500 rpm. Research cutting speed charts.

Sanding is another reason for slower speeds, but finishing can be as well. I finish most of my turnings using the lathe to spin them. Depending on the finish type & piece dia slow speed can really help.

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