I just spent a very frustrating couple of hours trying to wire an AC motor to a lathe. I can get it to work in different ways, but all going the same direction. I want it to be reversible.
I know the motor is reversible - it says so right on the side "reverse the red and black."
There are only three wires - white, black and ground. (maybe red/black and ground - it doesn't help that the wires are old and I"m color blind.)
I've got a dpdt toggle switch. I think. Might be a spdt. I just know it's three way, on-off-on, and that it's rated for more than enough amps that I'm not going to fry myself or the machine playing with it.
The best I could do is to get it so that the middle is off (so far so good) and up is clockwise (looking good, 2 out of three) and down is clockwise (@#$^#$^ piece of @#%@#$%^)!!
I've googled dpdt spdt reversible motor reverse switch diagram schematics plans etc and I can't get anything I understand.
The switch is on-off-on. It has six connections - #1, #2 at one end. two in the middle, and #3, #4 on the other end.
My latest attempt has the ground from the outlet side connected to the ground from the motor. The Black/White from the outlet side are connected to the middle two connectors.
The black/white from the motor are connected to #1 and #2.
I then ran connecting wires from end to end - I linked #1 to #3 and #2 to #4. This made the switch work on-off-on, but both went clockwise.
So I tried linking #1 to #4 and #2 to #3. Switch still works on-off-on, but still goes clockwise for both ons.
What am I doing wrong? Can someone who has done it please draw me a diagram in layman's terms - something with black/white/ground and terminals, none of that line with a dot stuff because I forgot that stuff 30 years ago.