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Variable Speed on Lathe

by LukeBarber
posted 02-08-2017 07:00 PM

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William Shelley

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#1 posted 02-08-2017 07:06 PM

Variable frequency drives run 3-phase motors. You would need to find a 3-phase motor for your lathe that has the same mounting pattern, or make a new mount or adapter to mount whichever 3-phase motor you end up with.

I don’t know what would happen if you tried to run a single-phase motor off a VFD but my prediction is that the start or run capacitors on the single-phase motor would explode (violently).

-- Woodworking from an engineer's perspective

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