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Bye Bye Harbor Freight (Read 801 times)
 
Allan Miller
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Bye Bye Harbor Freight
Feb 21st, 2018 at 6:22pm
 
Said good bye to my old lathe it was fun learning to turn on it.

Hello Laguna 18x36, decided to put it together by myself rather than wait for help like a more intelligent person would, this thing is massive in comparison to the harbor freight. The headstock slides effortlessly on the ways despite its mass. Everything lines up perfectly from the factory and didn’t have to adjust anything. Motor is smooth with plenty of power through the entire rpm range. Can’t wait to break it in tomorrow. Oak or Pecan for the first turning?
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Re: Bye Bye Harbor Freight
Reply #1 - Feb 21st, 2018 at 7:08pm
 
Congratulations, a prize indeed and I say go for the Pecan as first turning.
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What the heck,Give it a try---
 
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Re: Bye Bye Harbor Freight
Reply #2 - Feb 21st, 2018 at 7:28pm
 
Nice looking lathe ! Pecan will work for me too. Green or dry ? Spindle or bowl ?
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Re: Bye Bye Harbor Freight
Reply #3 - Feb 21st, 2018 at 7:38pm
 
Excellent!  This is one of the lathes on my list to replace my HF when the time comes. I'd go with oak.  Make the finished piece greater than the sum of it's parts.
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Re: Bye Bye Harbor Freight
Reply #4 - Feb 22nd, 2018 at 8:31am
 
Congratulations, Allan, I hope you enjoy yours as much as I enjoy my Laguna 18-36. Happy turning!
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Re: Bye Bye Harbor Freight
Reply #5 - Feb 22nd, 2018 at 4:18pm
 
Wood is green and will be bowls. Went with the oak first since I already had it trimmed up and didn’t want to wait to see how it turned. Got it roughed out and in the kiln to dry, and then trimmed up the pecan for tomorrow.

One question for those with a Laguna lathe is do you leave it plugged in all the time or unplug it or wire in a disconnect so the vfd is not on all the time?
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Re: Bye Bye Harbor Freight
Reply #6 - Feb 22nd, 2018 at 10:19pm
 
Nice move. Thumbs Up Thumbs Up Thumbs Up
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Reply #7 - Feb 22nd, 2018 at 11:11pm
 
Very nice piece of iron--really deserves rosewood or bubinga or-- Cool
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Re: Bye Bye Harbor Freight
Reply #8 - Feb 23rd, 2018 at 8:44am
 
Laguna 18-36 manual doesn't say anything about needing to wire in a disconnect switch. It just states to plug it into the proper plug, so I leave it plugged in and simply make sure that the emergency OFF switch is depressed at the end of use.
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Re: Bye Bye Harbor Freight
Reply #9 - Feb 23rd, 2018 at 11:17am
 
Your concerned that the power is actually still on to the electronics in the controls, which is no different from your cable box or computer when you turn them off. Just adds a couple pennies to your electric bill every month. IMO
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Reply #10 - Mar 1st, 2018 at 4:37pm
 
Is there not any concern for an electrical storm going into spring where this is a common phenomenon? What about when the power is interrupted from a storm and then turned back on and you get a power surge. I lost a microwave oven and freezer from that at the same time.
Will this not damage a VFD mechanism?
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Reply #11 - Mar 2nd, 2018 at 10:10am
 
I use a switch on the wall behind the lathe.  It's old, made for 3 phase, and doesn't have the correct heaters for overload protection, but all I want is to disconnect power to the machine.  Seems to be a lot of these or similar around that can be adapted.
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Re: Bye Bye Harbor Freight
Reply #12 - Mar 2nd, 2018 at 11:39am
 
I think your right on that storm thing!! I take back what I offered. Put on a disconnect. Geo.
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Re: Bye Bye Harbor Freight
Reply #13 - Mar 2nd, 2018 at 7:43pm
 
I live in a rural area and not uncommon to have voltage changes/spikes so I leave all my machines unplugged when not being used.  Plus it's a much better protection for a near lightning strike---not uncommon occurrences in SE Texas.
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Everyday liberating nice things from ordinary chunks of wood---and I like gnarly wood, the outcome is nearly always better than the start.
 
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Re: Bye Bye Harbor Freight
Reply #14 - Mar 3rd, 2018 at 8:11am
 
My mind has been changed by comments stated above.
A disconnect switch or unplugging from the wall receptacle sounds to be prudent. In my case it is very easy to just unplug at least lathes when not in use.
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