Thread: Feeler FTL 618 Lathe
Hi Guys, I am just about to start renovating a 1987 Feeler FTL618 lathe ( Hardinge Copy). So that I can get this thing running on a 240volt supply I need to get a 3 phase inverter.
Do any of you have a wiring diagram and can you recommend a suitable inverter.
Nice lathe. If the motor is 2 speed that may complicate...
Several single phase conversions have been written up over at the Hardinge forum on Practical Machinist BTW, may take some searching to find them though.
Have a look at the end of my Hardinge rebuild thread. I've posted diagrams of the VFD speed switch etc.
[ame="http://www.mycncuk.com/forums/showthread.php?t=566"]Renovating a Hardinge HLV-H - MYCNCUK[/ame]
There's also Randy's ([ame="http://www.cnczone.com/forums/member.php?u=25977"]CNCzone.com-The Ultimate Machinist Community[/ame]) Feeler FSM 59 rebuild on cnc zone (with diagrams) here:
[ame="http://www.cnczone.com/forums/showthread.php?t=75106"]Feeler FSM-59 conversion - CNCzone.com-The Ultimate Machinist Community[/ame]
Do you have a dual voltage motor? My HLV did not, so I had to use a step-up transformer and a 415v VFD.
Oh and post pictures or else.... ;)
OK, thanks for the info, I have read Bills stuff and guess I better have a better look at the motor. Silly me, I thought this would be a no brainer.
I'll get some pictures, should have started with the four of us getting it across the lawn on rollers, but hey! plenty more to come.
Maybe I should start a new thread and put the complete rebuild on it, what do you guys think.
04-08-2009 #5Maybe I should start a new thread and put the complete rebuild on it, what do you guys think.
I bought a Leinen lathe a few weeks back only to find that it had a 3 speed motor on it, after speaking to a few people it turned out that my only real option was a rotary phase inverter.
3HP version - £500....!!!! ouch... and that was after knocking him down on price.
Thing is I can now run any 3 phase machine off of it (under 3hp) which gives me a bit of flexibility.
Hopefully you won't need to go down that route.....
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