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Old 07-17-2017, 04:12 PM   #1 (permalink)
 
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Default Help with Harbor Freight mini lathe

I purchased this lathe new three months ago (I had been using a friend's lathe). When I turned it on, the lathe speed is not what is advertised. Once I placed my knife to the wood it isn't strong enough to keep turning. What can I do, other than returning it?


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It might help if you give the model number for others to help.
I got one from Rockler and it has different speeds changed by a belt and pulleys.
Does your's?
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Does the whole lathe stop running or just the blank stops spinning. If just the blank stops spinning then the tail stock is not tight enough. If the motor to the lathe stops running then either it is set too slow or there is a problem with the motor. I assume the lathe has a 110 volt motor and not a 230 volt? Make sure your drive belts are not slipping.
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Old 07-17-2017, 07:06 PM   #4 (permalink)
 
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Along with the above. Is the belt tight? Is the belt on the correct pulleys? Have you read the manual?
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Old 07-17-2017, 07:32 PM   #5 (permalink)
 
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As others have noted, we need more information - which model lathe, and more importantly, is it a variable speed lathe with a DC motor.

A fundamental issue is that a variable speed lathe with a DC motor varies the speed by varying the voltage applied to the motor. But, reducing the voltage also cause the torque produced by the motor to reduce. Sorry - that's basic electrical physics and applies to all variable speed lathes with DC motors. And what it means is that variable speed lathes with DC motors are notorious for wanting to stall when operated at low speeds. This problem is most obvious with large diameter turnings and when drilling.

Variable speed operation is a convenience, but the price that must be paid for that convenience is reduced torque at low speeds.
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Old 07-17-2017, 08:29 PM   #6 (permalink)
 
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Add your location to your profile, there maybe an experienced turner that is local that can help you.
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Isn't there a high low speed lever on it. Think it's on TV e back. But could be wrong, been a few years since I had a HF metal lathe
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I'm assuming its the same as thh one I have.

https://www.harborfreight.com/8-inch...the-95607.html

OP what speed do you start with? I turn pretty much at full speed. I only bring down the speed to sand and apply finish.
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Found a picture of lever on back
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Sorry miss read mini as metal.
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