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Forum topic by hairy posted 10-17-2018 04:18 PM 349 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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10-17-2018 04:18 PM

As far as I have been able to find out, this was made roughly 1885 to 1920”s. It’s in remarkably good condition, everything is free and loose, moves as it should, bearings don’t feel sloppy although I haven’t taken anything apart yet.

I sprayed some carburetor cleaner onto the badge and the paint washed away.

There are several machine manufacturers named Oliver. This one made jewelers equipment. The previous owner was a jeweler, but this sat idle for a long time.

It came with a 4 jaw chuck. I don’t know if it’s a scroll chuck, but turning either of the 2 adjusters moves all 4 jaws together. 1/4” square drive adjusters.

Also a tapered shaft, some kind of dog, and a small faceplate.

Now for the bad news. The centers and drive pulleys need to be oiled. The headstock and tailstock centers are dead centers.

The motor needs work. I’m not going to fix it. The worst of it is that it is set up to run 1 speed only. I read somewhere that the lathe is basically a polisher. Flat pulleys and flat rubber belt. The motor pulley is 2” diameter, lathe pulley is 3” diameter, I think that means the lathe spindle speed is faster than the 1725 rpm motor. Math is not my forte.

I hope that I will be able to set this up with a variable speed motor. At first I considered a treadmill motor, but I’m getting away from that. I want to keep it 120 Volt if possible. I might go with step pulleys to keep it 120 Volt if necessary.

I see these motors online. If anyone has experience with either, I’d like to hear your thoughts.

My plan at first was to get it going and sell it, that’s why the 120 Volt. If I decide to keep it I have 240Volt in the garage and basement shop. If I do that I’ll look for a 2 h.p. motor and a VFD.

Any advice is appreciated. Thanks!!

-- Genghis Khan and his brother Don, couldn't keep on keeping on...

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#1 posted 10-17-2018 05:33 PM

I added a treadmill motor to my lathe and love it. Besides getting the treadmill for free, the speed control is a fantastic upgrade.

Seems like a small machine for a 2 HP motor.

-- Sawdust Maker

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