I have a 1958 Craftsman lathe that I converted to variable speed with a DC motor. Wanting to know it's speed range, I decided to go old school with a disc tachometer. I used discs calibrated for 60hz and they work fine with shop fluorescents. See the video for more details. Included below is a disc pattern I made and is free to use. The youtube video page has a link to the full size graphic.
The knocking sound was a loose set screw.
Last edited by wormil; 10-04-2013 at 11:01 PM.
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