View Full Version : Treadmill motor?

20th Dec 2010, 09:33 PM
Evening all,

Whilst doing a clean out at work I found a treadmill motor and was thinking it could look good on my older lathe here:wink:. I didn't take down any details but it's a 240v and I remember seeing something about running at 1700 rpm. Getting it set up to run variable speed should be fairly simple too. There's 5 wires coming out of the motor (+/- & earth) and I'm guessing the other two are to control the speed. These machines usually run at between 2 & 3 horsepower which is a truckload more than I have available on the TL1200 I'm playing on at the moment.

So now I will hand it over to the forum for thoughts & ideas...

good idea/bad idea or other?



The motor is off a Nautilus treadmill but can't remember the model at the moment.



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joe greiner
20th Dec 2010, 10:06 PM
Here's one: http://www.woodworkforums.com/f8/variable-speed-treadmill-lathe-conversion-124008/


21st Dec 2010, 07:17 AM
Thanks Joe, looks like it has potential for a metal lathe but doesn't look like many people have had success on a wood one. The motor isn't going to cost me anything so I will bring it home anyway and have a play.