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Forum topic by Karda posted 01-12-2019 05:58 PM 482 views 0 times favorited 11 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Karda

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01-12-2019 05:58 PM

Hi I have a HF 10×18 wood lathe, I went down to turn and the lathe wood turn on, flicked the switch, nothing. checked all of the connections and verified the the switch is getting power. How do I check further. I have a multi meter but I don’t know how to use it or read it. Thanks mike


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Knockonit

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#1 posted 01-12-2019 06:12 PM

I think i’d try google and you tube and see if this is a natural occurrence or a one off. or just try lifting the right foot one foot in air, pray a little and hit that switch again, levity can sometimes kick start the process, me thinks
best of luck as i have one of these lathes and h ave to say am very happy so far, no issues, will be watching to see results
best of luck
Rj in az

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#2 posted 01-12-2019 06:52 PM

So you checked power to the switch, did you check that the power it going through the switch? If you don’t know how to use the multimeter how did you determine that power is to the switch?

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#3 posted 01-12-2019 07:18 PM

Mike, why not get someone who is knowledgable on electricity and the use of a multi-meter to check it out for you. Surely you know someone or know an electrician you could call.

-- "I build for function first, looks second. Most times I never get around to looks." - Mike, western Colorado

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#4 posted 01-12-2019 08:00 PM

Use A Multimeter To Check A Switch

-- "You know, I'm such a great driver, it's incomprehensible that they took my license away." --Vince Ricardo

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#5 posted 01-12-2019 08:04 PM

Testing the start capacitor

-- "You know, I'm such a great driver, it's incomprehensible that they took my license away." --Vince Ricardo

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Karda

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#6 posted 01-12-2019 10:11 PM

I verified the electric to the lathe is working and I don’t see any loose connections, i’ll learn to use the meter. If I’m still not sure I’ll call somebody

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#7 posted 01-12-2019 10:20 PM

The start capacitor was my first thought and Ripper70 beat me to it. I had the same problem with my combi machine a few years ago. Cheap and easy to fix.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#8 posted 01-13-2019 12:53 AM

One of the faults in the HF lathe design is the on/off switch is positioned so that sawdust gets inside, causing the switch to not work. Unplug, remove the mounting screws, and disassemble the switch. When reinstalling, put a flap of clear plastic under the upper screw to deflect sawdust – an easy DIY fix!

-- Phil Allin - There are mountain climbers and people who talk about climbing mountains. The climbers have "selfies" at the summit!

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Karda

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#9 posted 01-13-2019 12:54 AM

Hi, ripper I watched the video on testing a capacitor and am just as confused as last I had a cap issue how do you test a capacitor with wires, in all the videos they use bayonet connect and the – or + are clearly marked and how do you discharge them. I’ll clean the switch

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#10 posted 01-13-2019 01:18 AM

Like I told you last time – it makes no difference if the capacitor has wires, spade connectors, screws/nuts, soldered connections or any other type… just as long as you can get to both terminals with the probes of a meter. And there is no + or – marked on them, so that is not a problem either. Just disconnect one (or both) sides of the capacitor and test it with the meter probes as shown in the countless videos.

I would test the switch like Phil mentioned first though… as that is a more likely suspect.

Cheers,
Brad

-- Brad in FL - In Dog I trust... everything else is questionable

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Karda

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#11 posted 01-13-2019 01:30 AM

checked my switch it was pretty dirty, cleaned it now the lathe starts fine thanks for the tip, still gotta learn how to check the capacitor. I know we have been through this before but that was months ago. I have a hard time remembering one day to the next. Old farts disease

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