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Forum topic by pklumber44 posted 06-19-2017 03:01 PM 770 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-19-2017 03:01 PM

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Hey everyone,

I have an excelsior mini lathe from Rockler. I went to turn on my lathe and nothing happened. There is no resistances when flipping the switch. I took it apart and noticed the two copper pieces were loose. I put them back where I thought they should go and still nothing. By the way this looks like a basic toggle switch

I am wondering if anyone has replaced, upgrade, or fixed a switch on this lathe? I miss making it rain shavings.

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#1 posted 06-19-2017 03:41 PM

Use a multimeter to see if it has voltage going to the switch if not then check the outlet. If yes flip the switch on and check it if has voltage going out of it to the motor. If it does then you have a motor issue if not then you need a switch. A multimeter is a good tool to have laying around for times like this.

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#2 posted 06-29-2017 03:15 AM

You know this exact subject was on another post last week for a band saw.
The excelsior lathe is the same as the harbor freight lathe with a different paint job. seems the weak link on central machine stuff is the power switch. As diverlloyd says check it 1st.
if it is bad, you can replace it with just about any switch you want.
simple google search turns up a bunch with the stop paddle on them like what you would see on a table saw, but keep looking and you will find the right one.
I had to change the switch on both a HF dust collector, and a band saw.
Upgraded the band saw about a year ago, and the DC is still going strong.
Here are a couple options,

I bet this wood stock switch would fit the box on that lathe perfect.

-- John

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#3 posted 07-21-2017 01:55 AM

It turned out that it was missing the safety key! Ordered a replacement one and now everything is working.

Thank you for the responses.

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