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    Wizard lathe restoration

    Hi norman, I too have had a face full of cutting oil but oil from a bearing is a new experience! I do agree with you about the motors. I'm used to induction motors and their constant speed but when needs must I'll use what ever seems best if it is to hand. A little thinking time now to take...
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    Wizard lathe restoration

    JCSteam, many thanks for your input, I do think that with a more powerful motor setup things would be much better. Turning small diameters is not a problem but anything more than say a couple of centimeters in diameter really loads the lathe and progress becomes very slow. My flycutting was...
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    Wizard lathe restoration

    Many thanks for the continuing interest in my project. John
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    Wizard lathe restoration

    Alas, now that I have some lathe tooling so as to use the lathe in earnest it turns out that it is very underpowered. There is up to around a 10 times speed reduction using the pullies but the 100w motor just isn't powerful enough even though other people suggest it for these small lathes. The...
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    Wizard lathe restoration

    Norman, you amaze me with your depth of knowledge. I know that my Wizard isn't an Adept but they are very similar. So I am collecting what information there is about them. I have been flycutting this morning to finish the tool holder in the last photo. The lathe did well but still needs a bit...
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    Wizard lathe restoration

    Here is snother attempt at a tangential tool holder. I think this one is more acceptable. However there is a mistake, the screw is on the opposite side :-(
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    Wizard lathe restoration

    Hi JC, thanks for your ideas, I really feel lost without my mill. Haven't done work like this using a lathe before. Not sure if the Wizard is up to a bit of milling but I suppose there is only one way to find out. Having been used to a W180 lathe, band saw, Formit, BFE mill and a few other items...
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    Wizard lathe restoration

    I can see what you mean about the possibility of chatter. It was mainly to angle the tool bit wrt the top slide into a side and face cutting position at the same time. It certainly feels rigid and is an approximate copy of the shape of the Diamond tool holder. I didn't realise the amount of...
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    Wizard lathe restoration

    I cobbled this together today, sorry it is a bit rough looking but a clean-up will improve its looks. The 3/16" tool bit hasn't been sharpened, it is just there to aid the comstruction. Ths cranked holder is necessary to get the tool tip at centre height. Perhaps tomorrow I'll be able to try...
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    Wizard lathe restoration

    From one Grumpy Old Git to another, many thanks, just what I need to get my thoughts going. John
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    Wizard lathe restoration

    Thanks for the comments. I have had a lot of satifaction from getting it into a working condition again. So far I have only made test turnings which have shown that the work to bring it back to a working condition has been successful. Some prsctice was needed to make the drive belts, several...
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    Wizard lathe restoration

    I have started this thread so as not to add to the Adept for a 5 year old postings. This wizard was in a por state when I got it. However with a bit of time and a little money it as become a useful tool even though a bit on the small size.
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    Little Adept lathe for my 5 year old

    Richard, I don't have a real idea save that it was advertised from 1946 on to the earlie 1950s. There is some information here :- Wizard Micro lathe John
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    Little Adept lathe for my 5 year old

    Jon, this is what I used, The no-volt release switch is eBay (193540659522) 250v KJD17 £10.64 The speed control is Amazon Wingoneer AC220 4000w £6.99 The box is RS Stock number 174889 £6.25 plus vat. I hope this is helpful, it may be possible to get a better price at other outlets. The box is...
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    Little Adept lathe for my 5 year old

    The lathe was given to me many years ago together with an Adept but the Adept needed much more work to make it serviceable. The motor is just a normal 100w sewing machine type obtained via the internet. I understand that a reasonable upper spindle speed is around 1000rpm. so with a reduction...
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