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Vega Model 1553

Discussion in 'Getting Started' started by Larry Bergmooser, Apr 1, 2020.

  1. Larry Bergmooser

    Larry Bergmooser

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    Location (City & State):
    Norfolk, VA
    I'm using this lock-down in VA to do some skills training, and start a new hobby. Some time ago I purchased a model 1553 Vega with duplicator from an estate. I called the manufacturer for a manual on them both, perhaps info on how to use them; the duplicator he might have, manuals for the lathe are long gone. This model has a mechanical variable speed feature that I need some help with.

    Questions:
    1. Anyone have an operator manual?
    2. Anyone know how to use the mechanical variable speed feature?
     
  2. Larry Bergmooser

    Larry Bergmooser

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    Location (City & State):
    Norfolk, VA
    Many thanks to the auto correct feature... should read, Vega Model 1553...
     
  3. Clifton C

    Clifton C

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    Location (City & State):
    Hampton Roads Virginia
    Welcome to the forum. Cannot help with this lathe, however, cleaning off old grease and regressing go a long way in reviving moving parts. In the meantime, check out these folks, https://tidewaterturners.net meetings canceled as of now, but that will change...
     
  4. David Hill

    David Hill

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    Location (City & State):
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    I had a Vega 1447 a while back, don't know if I still have the manual. Had an interesting speed change mechanism that involved a handle and idler/tension pulley as I recall---have slept a few times since then.
    Have you looked at the website for vintage machines?
     

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