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    Default 240 volt motor, switch, reversing switch questions

    picked up this leeson 1.5 hp, 240 only motor

    reversible by exchanging L5 and L8

    i want to install it on my lathe with a reversing setup either a 4 way light switch in the start circuit or a drum switch

    i also have this old dpst power switch, is it suitable? there's no rating info on anywhere

    other suggestions?
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    Default Re: 240 volt motor, switch, reversing switch questions

    Morning Steve,

    Normally I'm firmly in the camp of not using standard lighting switches in motor applications, but I have a slightly different take on this one. Your 4way is just altering current paths and not breaking the circuit while under load, so as long as you don't accidentally flip the state of that switch, you should be fine. "Should" is the key word in the last sentence. Obviously a drum switch is the best choice, but again, as long as you power down the motor, and IMO get the lathe to a full stop beforehand the 4way will be fine.

    Now without specs, it's impossible to say whether or not the start/stop station can handle the motor load. However, you have to manually change the state of yours, whether on or off, so it leads me to believe that it was not designed for low voltage applications where typically the buttons are momentary in nature. So while I can't say for certain that it will do what you hope to, I can say I'd use it in a heart beat if I were you.

    Hope that helps...

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    Default Re: 240 volt motor, switch, reversing switch questions

    i figured the 4way switch would be ok, as you say, its not being operated with the power turned on. plus its only in use for a second or two during startup

    flipping the 4 way during operation will have no effect if its wired to the start circuit(and it is)

    i did wire it all up, using a heavy duty standard light switch and the four way, works great but the light switch will be replaced with a dpst switch of some kind
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