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Would the group recommend a motor for a homemade pottery wheel i am building?
I would like it to be a DC motor and variable speed and reversible.
I think 1 horsepower would easily be sufficient.

Sorry about my previous message. it was mess.
Thank you, Duane Clark, new member
 

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1 Horsepower - would be "sufficient"

In fact it would be major overkill!

0.1 Hp would be more than enough

They used to use pedals to drive the potters wheel - cycling fairly hard is about 50 Watts

So the actual power needed for a potters wheel is probably more like 10 Watts - or 1/75th of a Horsepower
 

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1 Horsepower - would be "sufficient"

In fact it would be major overkill!

0.1 Hp would be more than enough

They used to use pedals to drive the potters wheel - cycling fairly hard is about 50 Watts

So the actual power needed for a potters wheel is probably more like 10 Watts - or 1/75th of a Horsepower
Could you recommend some motors and sources?
 

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Could you recommend some motors and sources?
I am not going to use it as a potters' wheel.
It will be like a vertical lathe to turn log slabs and cut and shape them with various tools.
It might require a bit more power than a potters' wheel.
I would like it to be coupled to a direct shaft up to the turntable rather than having pulleys and belts.
I know nothing about electric motors.

Thanks, Dalton
 

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I am not going to use it as a potters' wheel.
It will be like a vertical lathe to turn log slabs and cut and shape them with various tools.
It might require a bit more power than a potters' wheel.
I would like it to be coupled to a direct shaft up to the turntable rather than having pulleys and belts.
I know nothing about electric motors.

Thanks, Dalton
That's an entirely different application to a potters wheel - and will need about 100 times the torque!

Direct drive to something like that is a bad idea!

It would need a big motor to get the torque and if something went wrong it would be lethally dangerous

Belts and pulleys are used to multiply the torque while reducing the speed and also provide a torque limiting feature if something goes wrong
 

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That's an entirely different application to a potters wheel - and will need about 100 times the torque!

Direct drive to something like that is a bad idea!

It would need a big motor to get the torque and if something went wrong it would be lethally dangerous

Belts and pulleys are used to multiply the torque while reducing the speed and also provide a torque limiting feature if something goes wrong
I have been using a Dewalt cordless drill to operate it in the past with a small pulley and belt driving a larger pulley.
I have both variable speed and reversible capabilities with this setup.
It is kind of crude and I want to update it to it's own dedicated motor with better controls.
This has been working quite well.
I would like to find a motor with similar capabilities if possible to take the place of the Dewalt.

Thanks, Dalton
 

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I'd find a broken treadmill and take the motor from that. It'll be DC. It'll have a controller you can salvage too. It'll be reversible by just adding a DPDT switch to the motor leads (motor brushes might be tapered because a treadmill only spins one way, but, should be generally fine).

And you can do all that for probably free.
 

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I'd find a broken treadmill and take the motor from that. It'll be DC. It'll have a controller you can salvage too. It'll be reversible by just adding a DPDT switch to the motor leads (motor brushes might be tapered because a treadmill only spins one way, but, should be generally fine).

And you can do all that for probably free.
Wow! That is a great idea.
 

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What this thread really needed for clarity was a much better title, such as "custom lathe" instead of "pottery wheel".
I thought it would be diffucult to describe my contraption but you are right.
Pottery wheel is way off.
With my crude prototype. I have made and sold quite a few wood creations.
I could post a schematic but that would just raise more questions.
I will continue my search for a more acceptable motor.


Thanks, Dalton
 

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I thought it would be diffucult to describe my contraption but you are right.
Pottery wheel is way off.
With my crude prototype. I have made and sold quite a few wood creations.
I could post a schematic but that would just raise more questions.
I will continue my search for a more acceptable motor.


Thanks, Dalton
 

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You would need that motors big big brother - 1.5 kg cm - is 1.5 kg force at 1 cm

You will (guess) need more like 10 kg of force to drive the chisels into the wood at 15 cm distance

So about 100 times the torque
 

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I thought it would be diffucult to describe my contraption but you are right.
Pottery wheel is way off.
With my crude prototype. I have made and sold quite a few wood creations.
I could post a schematic but that would just raise more questions.
I will continue my search for a more acceptable motor.


Thanks, Dalton
I found this on Amazon which I think will work:
You would need that motors big big brother - 1.5 kg cm - is 1.5 kg force at 1 cm

You will (guess) need more like 10 kg of force to drive the chisels into the wood at 15 cm distance

So about 100 times the torque
I was infomed that a one horsepower motor would be way overkill.
 

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I found this on Amazon which I think will work:

I was infomed that a one horsepower motor would be way overkill.
That was for the potters wheel!
For your vertical lathe 1 hp is about right

1 hp = 750 Watts

WEN Technology - Calculators

Required Torque - it would take 20 lbs force to drive the chisel (?) and the work piece is 20 inches diameter
So 20 lbs x 10 inches = 200 lb inches

Put that into the calculator

Rpm - call it 100 rpm (?) - put that into the calculator

That gives 0.32 Hp

Stick your own numbers into the calculator - you will have a much better idea of how much force the chisels take and how many rpm you need
 

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That was for the potters wheel!
For your vertical lathe 1 hp is about right

1 hp = 750 Watts

WEN Technology - Calculators

Required Torque - it would take 20 lbs force to drive the chisel (?) and the work piece is 20 inches diameter
So 20 lbs x 10 inches = 200 lb inches

Put that into the calculator

Rpm - call it 100 rpm (?) - put that into the calculator

That gives 0.32 Hp

Stick your own numbers into the calculator - you will have a much better idea of how much force the chisels take and how many rpm you need
I believe you.
Thank you for the calculations.
 

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What does 1/150 horsepower mean?
It's hard to be sure without some context (where did you see this?), but presumably it simply means one one-hundred-and-fifieth of one horsepower... 150 motors with that power output would add up to one horsepower of total output. 746 divided by 150 is about 5, so that's 1/50 hp is 5 watts.

Here's a motor of that size, randomly found in a web search: C-FRAME MOTOR,1/150 HP,3000RPM,120 It's for driving a small fan.

I don't think that you should use a hundred of those motors together. ;)
 
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