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Forum topic by Karda posted 10-31-2018 04:39 AM 886 views 0 times favorited 17 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Karda

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10-31-2018 04:39 AM

I have a HF bench top lathe. I took the rubber feet off to bolt to bench. When I did that the motor touches the work bench. I don’t want to put anything under the lathe because its already a bit high. will the cause a problem with the motor thanks


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#1 posted 10-31-2018 12:39 PM

how much does it touch ?
if that will be its permanent home, can you route out that area ?

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#2 posted 10-31-2018 12:45 PM

Can you just put some wood blocks under the feet before attaching to the bench?

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#3 posted 10-31-2018 12:57 PM



Can you just put some wood blocks under the feet before attaching to the bench?

- Steve

He said he didn’t want to raise the lathe. I think John’s suggestion is best. Either rout out a hole or just cut it out with a jig saw for example.

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#4 posted 10-31-2018 01:01 PM

Can you just put some wood blocks under the feet before attaching to the bench?

- Steve

He said he didn t want to raise the lathe. I think John s suggestion is best. Either rout out a hole or just cut it out with a jig saw for example.

- Jeff

Ahh, missed that part. No coffee yet. Looks like this might be the lathe he’s talking about.

Depending on how much the motor touches, maybe he could keep the rubber feet on and drill out recesses for just the feet instead? Would depend on how thick his bench is though.

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#5 posted 11-01-2018 02:45 AM

I would take some off the legs of the bench :<)))

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#6 posted 11-01-2018 03:03 AM

You can’t reposition the motor, so raising it a bit is your only real option. If it’s the lathe Steve showed there you must have had to remove the feet to bolt it down anyway. I think I would just shim it up as little as is necessary to raise it off the table. You could use wood scraps, though hard rubber would be nice to absorb some of the vibration, I suppose. The only other solution would be to excavate a depression in your bench to accommodate the motor. If you don’t intend to use that bench area for anything else, that might do it.

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#7 posted 11-01-2018 03:06 AM

As long as you aren’t putting a lot of force on it, and you can change the belt position as usual, then it should not hurt it a bit IMO.

Cheers,
Brad

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#8 posted 11-01-2018 03:18 AM

Are you planning on attaching it to your bench permanently, since you said you were trying to bolt it down, if so cut away part of the bench that interferes. Or remove part of the benchtop & lower that portion of the top for the lathe.

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#9 posted 11-01-2018 03:49 AM

+1, Though it might be a little noisier as the bench will probably resonate any vibration from the motor or lathe itself.


As long as you aren t putting a lot of force on it, and you can change the belt position as usual, then it should not hurt it a bit IMO.

Cheers,
Brad

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#10 posted 11-01-2018 09:32 PM

gotta have it on blocks, with the motor on the bench it interfere with the belt changing, I put a board on the floor to stand on that works. I wanted it lower because it make my shoulder tense up if its to high and I’m to tense as it is

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#11 posted 11-02-2018 10:24 AM


I would take some off the legs of the bench :<)))

- GR8HUNTER


Or raise the area where you stand. For that little bit a nice thick rubber mat would add the height and add some foot comfort.

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#12 posted 11-02-2018 03:57 PM

that is something I don’t want to get into, the legs are steel and it is a very heavy bench. Not worth it for a few inches

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#13 posted 11-02-2018 04:07 PM

My wife volunteers at the Elementary School library and they have a book fair which sells tons of stuff. The counters however are to tall so I made her some Apple boxes which they all use to stand on. With this, you can leave the rubber feet on if you want.

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#14 posted 01-16-2019 05:29 AM

If the lathe is to high put a platform on the floor as high as needed get a old pallet and put a peace of plywood on top of the pallet and you have it,

-- Pat Elk Ridge Wild Woods

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#15 posted 01-16-2019 12:52 PM

I bought one of those lathe from HF to reduce the amount of abuse to my good ones. If you read the reviews, just about all of them (including mine) state that the motor gets very hot. My shop stays at about 50 degrees in winter and after few minutes of operating the lathe, you can’t touch the motor for too long before the heat creates a counter reaction. I don’t cool my shop so I am not looking forward to operating it in a 80-90 degree temperatures. It is possible that once the brushes get a little worn out, it might operate a bit cooler.

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