Was priced at $200.00 but it was 20% off everything day so I got it for $160.00.
Brand new to this group and to metal lathes as well.
Just purchased a South Bend from the Habitat for Humanity ReStore. Was priced at $200.00 but it was 20% off everything day so I got it for $160.00.
Had a friend who's a machinist look it over as best he could and he says that everything he can have access to seems to be in good working order.
I'll post here the only pic I have at the moment in hopes that anyone may be able to offer some insight into what I may have gotten myself into.
The rating plate is the only thing I could see in its present position with any info. The motor is 220/440 3 phase 1 hp and I'll need to get a phase converter. So thoughts on that too.
I'm a woodturner and woodworker so this is somewhat new to me. And I guess the only reason I bought it is because I love beautiful machines.
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You are over-complicating this talking about phase converters and VFDs. 1 hp motors are a dime a dozen. I would not spend $150-300 on a VFD when you can just throw that 3-phase one in the trash and buy a good used 1 HP single phase motor for $50. Just be sure to get the same speed (1,725 or 3,450) as the one you have. Bill
Well my friend, you'd be totally wrong! I have a totally refurbed 1929 Southbend 11x60 to which I have a 2hp 3-phase motor controlled by a VFD. It is WAAAAYYYY overkill for a belt-driven step-pulley style of lathe, but I wanted to make it modern at the time with things like forward, reverse, e-stop, speed pot, etc. I also have a Monarch 10EE powered by a 5hp DC drive ... even better than 3-phase/VFD!You've obviously never used a lathe with a VFD
But for this woodworking gentleman with his first metal lathe, he just needs to spend $50 on a nice 1 hp single phase motor, bolt it one and he's in business.