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Re: Wood lathe questions

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03-01-2013 05:12:56

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Looks like it started life as a metal cone lathe.
Mebbe 1920 - 1940. Does it have variable speed for the motor? Otherwise two speed.
Plain bronze bushings need oil. Usually have felt wick drip oilers.
Most optimum woodworking speeds are at the top end of the old metal lathe rpms so oil it with something, both bushings. Yes, gunna make a mess underneath.

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Zachary Hoyt

03-01-2013 06:24:48

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 Re: Wood lathe questions in reply to olddog, 03-01-2013 05:12:56  
Thank you, that makes sense. I will oil the bushings for now by dripping a drop into them every few minutes. A mess is okay with me. The link to the taper sizes is very helpful, I will go and measure.

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Stephen Newell

03-01-2013 13:47:20

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 Re: Wood lathe questions in reply to Zachary Hoyt, 03-01-2013 06:24:48  
It's not necessary to oil every couple of minutes with bronze bearings. Just oil it before you start working every time and that's enough.

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Zachary Hoyt

03-01-2013 15:39:43

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 Re: Wood lathe questions in reply to Stephen Newell, 03-01-2013 13:47:20  
Thank you, that's good to know. Any recommendation on weight/type of oil? I was thinking of 20 or 30W motor oil but do not know what is proper.

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Stephen Newell

03-02-2013 04:21:12

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 Re: Wood lathe questions in reply to Zachary Hoyt, 03-01-2013 15:39:43  
Originally it was probably intended for straight 30w but any oil should be fine. Sometimes it's difficult to find straight 30w. I believe I may have been wrong on the brand of lathe. There is a place you might go called that you might get more info. I went there yesterday but there was too many lathes there for my slow internet.

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Zachary Hoyt

03-02-2013 04:43:11

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 Re: Wood lathe questions in reply to Stephen Newell, 03-02-2013 04:21:12  
Thank you very much.

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