Sheldon 10″ Lathe

I got the lathe setup and running. I ended up building a cart for it, so I could move it around the shop. Its a bit rough, after getting it setup, its pretty clear that this tool needs some TLC. I’ve started a list of things that I’m going to try and do to this lathe.

  • Clean and degreased – I’m planning on scraping off almost 80 years of grease and grim that’s completely coving this tool.
  • Paint – If I’m going to clean it, I might as well paint it.
  • Motor – Not sure whats going on with the motor, but when I switch it on, it just hums. So I have to spin the fly wheel by hand to get it started. Once its going, it runs fine. But its a little sketchy putting my hand that close to moving parts.
  • Drive belt slips – Any type of roughing cut stalls the spindle. The belt is leather, and looks like its original.
  • Change gear – I’ve got some gears, I need to dive into them and see what I’m missing and find replacements
  • Powerfeed – Only works in reverse, which is nice for me, since I’m left handed. But forward would be nice as well.

3 Replies to “Sheldon 10″ Lathe”

  1. It sounds like the starting windings are working. On many motors the is a centrifugal switch to close contacts when the rpm is low (motor off), but then open them up when the motor gets up to speed. iIf the contacts have a piece of dirt or dust in the way, they don’t make contact. They also might just be pitted or slightly corroded. I had one motor that you could even see the contacts in one end bell. Good luck!

  2. Thanks Andy! I know nothing about electric motors. But it sounds like if I open it up and clean it out, it might be all it takes.

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