Revo set-up

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Review by Dan Katz posted 01-27-2018 02:54 PM 2879 views 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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My shop was designed to house a heavy lathe and has a 6’ x 6’ x 20” slab which has the main beam for the crane sunk down 18” into the slab. The lathe is set directly under the path of the crane to help load heavy objects onto the spindle. This has proved over the years to be invaluable.
I decided not to use the leveling feet but used shims to level the machine and then bolted the head stock end to the main beam of the shop and also bolted the tail-stock end to the floor after leveling. I built the outer foot out of a slab of Heart pine. This steadied the whole outboard end of the lathe.
Now that the lathe was in place I made a close inspection of the spindle. There were some burrs at the beginning and ending of the threads which I removed with a triangular diamond file. I screwed on the face-plate and it seemed rather loose but seated snugly up against the shoulder. I also discovered that it is necessary to use the set screws when turning a large object as it tried to unscrew itself when I turned off the machine. Make sure to unscrew the set screw all the way before taking off the face plate as they will damage the threads of the spindle.
So far I am happy with the machine. I am a little concerned about the spindle threads being rather loose and would like some feed back about this from other lathe owners. My old Powermatic 3520A had more beefy threads and held up for over 10 years without a problem, so I will be taking more care with this machine. There was no mention of a run in period in the manual. The ONEWAY manual suggests running below 2000 RPM for the first 30 hours which I intend on following. The large table top was turned beginning at 200-and finished at 600. The live center which came with the lathe made a funny ticking sound. I changed it out with my Oneway center and the sound disappeared. Went back to the other center and ran it for a while. The sound went away.
What I like is the outboard set-up. This opens up a whole new world for me. I also like the controls at the top of the headstock which allows access from the back of the machine. I may install a remote on/off switch later.
Still thinking about an American Beauty in my future…LOL

-- VillageCarver,Chattanooga

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#1 posted 01-28-2018 12:33 PM

I’m over in Cleveland, working out of a one car garage now for about nine years.

I have a Powermatic 3520 in my shop, and I also have always had a bit of play in the threads, especially when putting on the faceplate. It tightens up against the shoulder, and after cutting wood, it is always tighter, usually so much that I have to use the two wrenches to unlock it. I rarely if ever turn wood in the opposite direction, so don’t really know if it would come loose. I always thought that was what the set screws were for. I’ll sand in reverse, but never cut.
Never tightened the set screws in the 15 years of ownership, turning in the normal direction.

I use a Oneway Stronghold chuck, and it is about the same.
Envy you the crane system that allows you to do such large items!

-- Tsunami Guitars and Custom Woodworking, Cleveland, TN

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#2 posted 02-19-2018 02:28 AM

Hope you are still enjoying your lathe. Any updates?

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#3 posted 12-07-2019 05:12 PM

I had a little problem with the switch last month. The lathe would not run unless you held in the green button.
Laguna sent me a free relay which took care of it. Still a little nervous about it so now I am using the speed control to turn it off and on during a session once I start it with the green button
I used to have a PM 3520A which served me well for 10 years. If I ever buy another lathe I am considering a cast iron model. I like the new PM 3520C but I also like the bigger 4224 but don’t really need the size. I may buy a big VicMark.
The American Beauty looks real good but I like the feel of a cast iron lathe

-- VillageCarver,Chattanooga

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