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There is value in digital readout.....but, if you don't have it, then what?

Discussion in 'Woodturning Discussion Forum' started by odie, Oct 9, 2017.

  1. Emiliano Achaval

    Emiliano Achaval Truly Frugal

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    Good tip!
     
  2. Bill Boehme

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    For those of us who don't have Oneway lathes, how well does that correspond to the numbers printed around the speed dial.
     
  3. hockenbery

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    You multiply the number by 100.
    Now you know the secret code.
    Actually that is written on the control box.
     
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  4. odie

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    Knowing what the exact speed is, isn't necessary.......but, knowing what amount to turn the dial on the potentiometer to duplicate a specific speed, after turning the lathe off, and then back on......Ah, now that is the whole purpose of the magnet.....

    ......unless, of course, you have a digital rpm readout......then the whole point of using the magnet is moot. ;)

    -----odie-----
     
  5. RichColvin

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    I am still working too much, so I can't get into the shop enough. As a result, I use the DRO to reset my expectations, especially for things like drilling with large Forstner bits.

    Rich
     
  6. JeffSmith

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    I thought I couldn't live without a digital readout - so I put one on the Robust AB when I got it. Had a nice, small digital readout attached to the control pendant. After about 6 weeks of getting adjusted to the new sounds I just ignored it completely. I took it off shortly thereafter. Anyone need a tach?
     
  7. JeffSmith

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    I'm probably comparitively new to the game - only had 3 lathes over the last 14 years. Both my first two lathes had readouts. I turned on a Jet 1642 for about 6 years before graduating to a larger lathe without a readout. The new lathe sounded completely different, and I had found myself attuned more to the sounds than I thought. I installed a small tach with a remote readout (small) just to help learn the new sounds and corelate them to what I become used to.

    After about a month I discovered that I didn't need it and took it all off. Haven't missed it.
     

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