Finish motor speed?

size26

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I checked the specs from a few manufacturers like flexcoat, CRB, and Pacbay that sell electric turners used to turn blanks when applying finish to thread wraps. Not surprisingly, each offered a different rpm motor. These little AC motors are fixed speed and offered from as slow as 2-3 rpm up to around 50 rpm. One rod builder friend said he used a 10 rpm turner for mixing epoxy, applying finish and drying. Just wondering what rpm or turning speed rod builders prefer when applying finish to thread wraps?
 

Driftless Dan

Driftless Dan
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I'm no expert, but I'd say that the slower the better - just enough to keep the epoxy from dripping. 2-3 RPM sounds about right. I've got an obsessive-compulsive friend who's a bamboo rod builder that has a turner that he has computer-controlled to give exact RPM's from 2-30. He uses a motor and rheostat that he yarded out from a sewing machine and feeds it through a program on his PC.
 

herkileez

Active Member
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I use one with a speed of 15 rpm, which works well for me. My first was only 5 rpm, and I found it slow.
My other turner runs about 20 rpm and I find it a bit fast.
 

Chucker

Chucking a dead parrot on a piece of string!
I'm no expert, but I'd say that the slower the better - just enough to keep the epoxy from dripping. 2-3 RPM sounds about right. I've got an obsessive-compulsive friend who's a bamboo rod builder that has a turner that he has computer-controlled to give exact RPM's from 2-30. He uses a motor and rheostat that he yarded out from a sewing machine and feeds it through a program on his PC.
If I built any significant number of rods, I would do something like that, using a sewing machine foot pedal to control the speed for winding the wraps and applying the finish. For drying the speed doesn’t seem to matter.
 

Rob Ast

Active Member
Remember, that the speed of the motor doesn't necessarily equal the speed of the drier. The ALPS wrapper has 3 different gear combinations for different speeds off the same motor.
 

size26

New Member
Thanks for these replies. Mainly I was curious if turning the blank faster during application of the epoxy would better level the finished wraps. Intuitively, higher turning speed should generate more centrifugal force evening out the applied epoxy.
 

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