RPM Range of lathes

iusedtoberich

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Hi all, I'm going to be setting up a Consew CSM3000 (750 Watt) motor on a standard Taig lathe. If it works out ok, I might also put it on my Hightower Deluxe, which has been in storage for a decade. I'm gearing up to make a cue:)

What RPM range do you find most useful for cues? I will be buying pulleys so I can make it anything. I believe the motor goes from 500 RPM to 3600 RPM, and I can gear it up or down.

My 12x36 metal lathe I had years ago went to about 1500RPM. And the Hightower midsize I had I'm guessing went to about 1800 RPM. Anyway I have a blank slate. I don't think I'll get into coring for now, so low speed torque probably isn't a big deal.

Thanks,
Nick
 

Dave38

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For main cue building of the parts (forearm, buttsleeve, handle) , I generally use about 900rpm when machining the joint collars, butt caps etc I go around 500rpm. When turning the assembled cue I go about 100rpm on my mill.
 

JerseyBill

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Hi all, I'm going to be setting up a Consew CSM3000 (750 Watt) motor on a standard Taig lathe. If it works out ok, I might also put it on my Hightower Deluxe, which has been in storage for a decade. I'm gearing up to make a cue:)

What RPM range do you find most useful for cues? I will be buying pulleys so I can make it anything. I believe the motor goes from 500 RPM to 3600 RPM, and I can gear it up or down.

My 12x36 metal lathe I had years ago went to about 1500RPM. And the Hightower midsize I had I'm guessing went to about 1800 RPM. Anyway I have a blank slate. I don't think I'll get into coring for now, so low speed torque probably isn't a big deal.

Thanks,
Nick
what motor is on the deluxe now? did he ever change motors? can you buy a motor from Chris Hightower?
 

iusedtoberich

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what motor is on the deluxe now? did he ever change motors? can you buy a motor from Chris Hightower?
I bought the lathe used 10 years ago but never set it up because I had a Hightower midsize and a metal lathe. Right after I bought it my dayjob moved several states away, and I went with them. At that point I quit cue repair, and put everything in storage. The deluxe motor mount broke during all that transit. So I actually never turned it on once.

I’m thinking of swapping it with a Servo motor instead of spending the time repairing the original mount. Also the original is quite heavy and I wouldn’t mind having it a bit lighter.
 

Ssonerai

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Don't think mine ever runs more than 1,000 rpm for cue making, probably less most of the time.
Lathe is used for heavier work (millwork) at times, so motor and vfd are larger. I kind of dial it by ear, really.
around 30 - 50 hz. Motor is a heavy multipole 1100 rpm @ 60HZ. Except there is also a flat belt drive (another ratio) to the lathe. So never worked out what that might be in rpm.

As others noted, though, for the app it is more stable and more torque to run the motor around 60HZ, and gear it down with the pulleys.

smt
 

Tommy-D

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He's been using the Consew 550W industrial sewing machine motor for 3 years or so now. That motor is available on eBay or Amazon.

There is a question of what you need the motor to do. If you truly want variable speed,some of those motors have a clicker type switch that has a range of preset speeds,instead of turning a knob. There is a tutorial on how to work around it however.

The 2 I bought have the rheostat switch so it turns smooth,no mod needed. This is it.


There is another listing on there where this same one is available 10 bucks cheaper from same vendor,but it had a huge line of code in the link and the one above is neater,but exact same motor. Hope this helps,Tommy D.
 
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