- Jun 1, 2018
A foot pedal is handy , frees up both hands and allows for infinite speeds , just my opinion
The foot pedal / motor combo that I have is really smooth , I believe I have a sewing motor and pedal assemblyOh. To be clear, I am recommending a Sherline Motor/Speed Control with a foot switch wired in. The foot rheostats are an annoyance to me. The combo I recommend allows you to find the best cutting speed for that particular job and then just turn the lathe on/off with your foot. The foot rheostats are too finicky and are best left to vintage sewing machines in my opinion.
BTW, found Grammarly for Chrome. Hopefully no need to interpret my posts from now on. Usually was not drunk, just lousy typing and in too much of a hurry.
I have a foot pedal too but that’s just because I haven’t gotten around to getting a dimmer switch or similar. You want to keep a constant speed on the spindle when turning, something very hard to achieve unless you are flooring the foot pedal.The foot pedal / motor combo that I have is really smooth , I believe I have a sewing motor and pedal assembly
I have a dimmer / fan control rheostat , mounted in an elec. outlet box with plug ends on it , I also use this for my soldering irons for stained glass work . good luck
The acid test will be how slow you can turn and still produce the long curly strings of swarf.
The slower the easier.