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    VS adapting

    Hey guys,
    Is it possible to add a "speed control" to turn a lathe or grinder into a variable speed?
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    If you are talking about the router speed controls the answer is no. You can get a motor thru PSI that has everything you need to make a VS lathe.
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    Motor types

    If you are referring to the Router speed controllers then the answer is no.

    They are meant for universal motor types like routers, not for induction motors on lathes. The way I learned the difference is if the motor has replaceable brushes it is a universal type and if it has the lump on the side (capacitor) then it is an induction motor. This is a very basic description and I am not an electrician or expert on the subject so anyone feel free to correct me here.

    This is one of those questions that pops up now and then when we turners want to add variable speed to our lathes. Wouldn't it be nice if it was so easy and cheap?

    Ooops-looks like Bernie beat me to it. I had my response all typed and then work got in the way before I could submit it. At least we agree!
    Last edited by Don Orr; 09-03-2008 at 06:11 PM. Reason: More info
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    3 phase motor, yes. Use a VFD. Makes a sweet setup.

    Single phase no. With rare exceptions.
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    Check out this link. This is a question I had building a stuby. I decided to go DC or 3PH. but still not finished with it.
    By the way hello new here. I hope I can contribute to the site. I have been lurking around for a wile and am imperessed with what I see, lots of help being given and thats a good place for me.
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    Thanks to all of you for your response and welcome Phillip!
    Glad your with us.
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