|Jonathan Mead||16/11/2016 10:15:06|
30 forum posts
I'm thinking of getting a slightly larger lathe and the Warco 240B has caught my eye - simple machine without all of the potential problems that come with electronic speed control systems and capable of a good speed range from 125RPM upwards. Does anyone on the forum have one, and if so, what are their experiences?
|Chris Evans 6||16/11/2016 10:21:02|
|1393 forum posts|
I have never seen one but 125 RPM is a bit quick if you want to cut course threads to a shoulder.
|Rik Shaw||16/11/2016 11:00:39|
1250 forum posts
Chris - If he is as windy as I am he'd use something like this anyway:
4483 forum posts
Definitely looks like a better option long term than an electronic speed control. But no back gear. A little bit of ingenuity should be able to add that and recover some of the cost with an article in MEW.
I just can't understand why Warco and a few others put so little real information on the website - like what are the actual speeds between 125 and 2000 and about a dozen photographs too.
It is about the size of a Boxford which would be cheaper but not new.
|John Rudd||16/11/2016 15:13:47|
|1364 forum posts|
Looks like a 918 revival.....very similar specification if not the same....
|Nigel (egi)||11/09/2018 21:15:58|
22 forum posts
I've had a Warco WM240B for some years and I love it
I keep thinking about upgrading it with a variable speed motor as the combinational of belt drive and variable speed would give me a huge range of speeds, but just too busy making models and the few speeds I have I find work very well.
|Mick B1||12/09/2018 16:53:30|
|1001 forum posts|
I went for the WM250V for the powered crossfeed and crossslide t-slots, which enable lots of versatile light milling in a vertical slide.
I've had no trouble whatever with the speed control in about 3 1/2 years of almost daily use.
|Dave Smith 14||12/09/2018 19:20:59|
|63 forum posts|
Second the 250V. Mine is now 6 years old, I have had it three years, no problems with the speed control. The powered cross feed I would not want to live without.
2327 forum posts
Concur with the WM250V, the powered X feed is very, very, useful especially when parting off under power. Had mine since 2012 & it has served me well so far.
|Jim Nic||14/09/2018 10:18:49|
173 forum posts
I've had a 240 since 2011 and find it a good lathe for my model building needs. Mine is the variable speed model which I like because of the ability to alter the speed on the fly if I'm not getting the results I want. I'll also tempt fate and say the variable speed has been no trouble.
I sometimes wish I had spent a little more and bought the 250 as others are suggesting here but to do that now is more than a little more, it's the difference between £1000 and £1700!
|Ian Thomson 2||19/11/2018 18:05:24|
|20 forum posts|
I have just had to replace the control board on my wood turning lathe. I am thinking now that I should avoid the lathes with DC motors and variable speed.
This does not leave many options - the 240B is probably the cheapest of them.
Is there a 3 phase motor same size, spindle and comparable power that can drop in and be driven by a VFD?
|52 forum posts|
I have the variable speed 240 with dc motor. I found that it lacks torque at low speed, just when it is needed. I made a speed reduction system for it that vastly improved the situation. Yes, written up as an article for MEW but has been in Neil's in-tray for a long time.
|John Rudd||20/11/2018 19:10:39|
|1364 forum posts|
If you can measure the existing motor's spindle, body diameter/length and give some idea the amount of space at the back of the motor, that would help...what horsepower is the motor? Or wattage..the new model has a brushless 1.1kw motor...
Edited By John Rudd on 20/11/2018 19:12:28
|Ian Thomson 2||20/11/2018 22:22:39|
|20 forum posts|
I was thinking of the 240D with no speed control - a 550W motor in that one.
I don't have one yet.Still considering Warco 240D / Warco 250V (Too much money now) / SC4 / Boxford AUD/BUD.
Last week I was almost decided on the SC4, but now the speed controller has gone on my wood turning lathe, I am reconsidering.
It looks like the 240D is a reasonable specification at a good price. No DC control board to go wrong.
In the future it could be upgraded for a reasonable low cost to the more reliable 3 phase AC motor and VFD the changing speed by adjusting belts gets too much of a chore. I would like to know that a drop in replacement 3 phase motor is available (same size, same mounting, same spindle, similar power etc.).
If anyone has a WM240D and can see any identification marks on the motor, this would be useful.
|988 forum posts|
Very likely a 3ph motor of larger capacity say 2hp will have a larger case and spindle size. Definately wouldnt want to drop below a 1 1/2hp motor which will still be bigger than the 1ph.
When thats done you still have no brake even if its supposedly built in the the invertor, scary. Cant beat a spindle start for that with foot brake.
2011 about £1k, bet they still want that used bare in mind only cost £750 delivered for a proper English M300, chalk and cheese!
|Ian Thomson 2||20/11/2018 22:46:28|
|20 forum posts|
M300 for £750 delivered! Where? Browsing Ebay quickly, they are £3K+.
Too big for me anyway. I could just squeeze in a short bed AUD/BUD if I could find a good metric one.
Edited By Ian Thomson 2 on 20/11/2018 22:47:20
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