Craftex CT128N Lathe modification

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Forum topic by iTotmike posted 08-04-2020 04:52 PM 203 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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08-04-2020 04:52 PM

I inherited a Craftex CT128N wood lathe and a whole lot of chucks, faceplates, centres, tool rests, etc, etc. I was crushed to learn that it is a 230v only motor. My wood-shop is a gutted travel trailer and I only have 120v. It is prohibitively expensive for me to run a 220v line through my house (60’) and then bury a run to the trailer, about 55 more feet.

Does anyone have any suggestions? I was thinking “sell it, buy something else” but that goes against the sentimental value associated with this machine. Installing it inside the home is pretty much out of the question as both levels are living spaces. As a last resort, I was thinking I could build a “curtain” to contain the mess but noise & dust will turn out to be an issue with a very tidy wife, and intolerant daughter @ son-in-law upstairs.

HELP!! ?

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#1 posted 08-04-2020 11:25 PM

How much do have to spend to for it to be ‘prohibitively expensive’?

What part do you think is expensive: inside house, or outside to shop?

IME – No part of electrical wiring is inexpensive. LOL

Regardless, Why not use a simple extension cord?

Install a 30A RV box at panel, but change to a L6-20 connector for a 20A dedicated 240v circuit to shop. Use a length .vs. current table to find the SOOW wire size needed to run to shop. Note that a 240V extension cord can run twice as far as 120V for same voltage drop.

Recently installed a 30A sub-panel in a shed I built using portable wiring (extension cord!). Had some parts on hand, but estimate the parts cost to be < $100 plus wire for portable connection.

Best Luck!

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