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Old 03-02-18, 09:07 PM   #1
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Default My first Lathe lots to learn

I will be picking up this Boxford lathe next weekend. It’s a 1979 AUD 5", apparently dry stored for the last 25 years and not much used before that, with no wear to bed or slides, we shall see. Comes with 3 and four jaw chucks and tail stock drill chuck as shown, plus “catch plate” whatever that is ? Presumably same as face plate ? Being an AUD it has a screw cutting gearbox and includes original splashback.

Anything else I need to ask for ?

Bad news, it is 3 phase so needs an inverter, can any one recommend one ?

I have a list of jobs to do and things to make.

Thanks for help and advice received on here so far.
















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Old 03-02-18, 09:19 PM   #2
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Try Transwave, they have a website and they are in Birmingham.

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Try Transwave, they have a website and they are in Birmingham.

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Thanks Martin, will do.
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Old 03-02-18, 09:46 PM   #4
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It may be as cost effective to change the motor to single phase,and sell the 3 phase motor on
An inverter or a single phase motor are around the same price for a 3hp/2.2kw unit.230-260
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Old 03-02-18, 10:08 PM   #5
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Have to say that my lathe runs much 'nicer' in a rather indefinable way since I went from single phase to three phase and VFD. So if the budget allows, I think it's worth sticking with the existing motor and investing in a convertor.

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Go for a VFD, you will get almost infinite speed control.

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What is VFD ? I would like to be armed with the latest terminology when I start speaking to suppliers. Also, Nick I am not sure I can have three phase on my 240v domestic supply, can I ?

I would like to stick with the existing 3 phase motor.
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Old 03-02-18, 10:41 PM   #8
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Variable Frequency Drive - little gizmo which takes in your normal domestic supply and spits out three-phase, with the benefit that you can alter the frequency and thus the speed.

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Old 03-02-18, 10:45 PM   #9
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Very nice, just wish I could have proper lathe, but lack of space means all I will ever is a micro lathe I reckon.

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Nice looking machine...

As an owner of several, converted to 3ph/vfd, lathes and milling machines, I have never aproached or bought from anyone like transwave....So unless you have deep pockets....go with them for whatever conversion suits your needs...

I can advise on what to buy if you need help......
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