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  • Seneca motor mounting , belt drive help

    I have an old Seneca Falls Star lathe, someone has riged the pulleys and motor behind it and it takes up at least 4 feet by 6 feet, just the motor and pulleys! Is there any good pics of motor mounting situations out on the net? Has anyone tried to put a treadmill motor on something this old? This seems to be a nice old lathe, I dont want to scrap it, but I dont have that kind of room! Thanks for any help Dave
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  • #2
    You might look into a VFD. By combining the motor & variable speed controller you can eliminate some belts & pulleys & intermediate shafts. Try searching this site as there are lots of posts on VFD's. My local supplier has a new surplus 3HP unit for $250, but others on this site have bought them for much less.

    Barry Milton
    Barry Milton


    • #3
      here's an example of an overhead drive.....

      andy b.
      The danger is not that computers will come to think like men - but that men will come to think like computers. - some guy on another forum not dedicated to machining