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ratio headstock:motor

Hey you guys,

I am starting this thread here because the tool forum looks like not too many guys go there. I have a question regarding the ratio between the headstock and the electric motor. As I said in on the forum I am already interested in building my own lathe. Now, even when I am just a beginner, I want to build something that I cannot overgrow. So I found this Delta Rockwell lathe headstok (see picture) and my plan is to use a 2HP motor (I am known as an overkiller in a metal artist forum that I belong to ) Can I do that? or the power of the motor will kill the headstock. Also, is a 2HP motor really necessary? Is this headstock good?

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Alfredo, One thing to consider on the headstock is the morse taper size and spindle size. MT 2 is what you want for most available spur drives, live centers etc. You'll want at least 1X8 tpi on the spindle to get a wide variety of chucks, etc. As far as HP for the motor, most of the very high end lathes are 2-3 HP so I don't think that would be right on track. Bigger the better, right? Good luck and I look forward to watching your progress. Jeff

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Wao that is Chinese to me . I sent an email to the guy asking those questions. I could not find information on that model of headstock since I do not have the MOD#. Based on the picture, does anybody knows that info?

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THat headstock is exactly like the Jline lathe that I rebuilt. Although you don't need 2hp it won't hurt anything to have it. Those lathes came with 3/4 but most people who turn bowls think 1 to 1 1/2 is better so 2 isn't really out of line. Delta usually had a #2 morse taper and 1"x8 thread. I don't know if that's what you have or not.
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