Similar in construction to the 2436, the 1640 is extremely robust, yet it's style and appearance are reminiscent of the 1224 with the offset bed ways. This combination of brawn & beauty, creates a lathe that is totally unique.
Weight: approximately 600 lbs (fully assembled)
Features a 4 bearing spindle: At the front: two 45 mm internal diameter ball bearings custom fitted with ground spacers and locked to the shaft with a clamp ring and lock nut. This minimizes radial and axial play of the spindle. The 40 mm diameter rear bearings float axially to allow for heat expansion. All bearings are maintenance free and greased for life.
The spindle is 50 mm (2”) at maximum diameter, 13” long and bored thru 5/8 diameter with number 2 morse taper at the inboard. It is made from high alloy steel, hardened and ground to precision tolerance of +-0.0003”.
The BANJO/TOOLREST BASE is a revolutionary design that assures even, powerful locking anywhere on the bed (PATENT No. 6000447). The sliding cam is supported by a cam support block which rests on a ledge machined in the toolrest base.
Note: Our toolrest bases are available as an aftermarket item to upgrade your flatbed lathe.
Banjo/ Toolrest Base Design
The patented ONEWAY toolrest base is designed to solve problems associated with traditional camlock toolrest bases. This sliding cam clamping mechanism ensures tight clamping and smooth operation in every position on the lathe bed.
What makes our Banjo's clamping mechanism better than conventional methods?
Conventional long cam shafts suffer from cam shaft deflection. This causes non-uniform clamping over the range of the toolrest base. Cam shaft deflection causes a related problem - the clamp handle tightens in a different position when the toolrest base is moved from front to back.
This conventional clamping mechanism consists of a cam shaft that runs the entire length of the toolrest base. Deflection is unavoidable using this unsupported system. Deflection occurs because the cam shaft is so long, it bends when clamping pressure is applied when positioned in the middle.
ONEWAY solved this deflection problem (commonly found on competitor lathes) by replacing the regular long shaft cam with a sliding cam assembly.
What is a sliding cam assembly?
This assembly consists of a rotating square shaft, a short sliding cam and a support block for the sliding cam. The square shaft rotates the sliding cam. The cam is supported on a cam support block which in turn is supported on a ledge machined in the tool rest base. The block moves with the sliding cam and supports the shaft. Deflection of the cam shaft is eliminated and there is no longer a clamping difference anywhere on the lathe bed. When unclamped the handle is always at the 12 o'clock position and clamping may be adjusted to be repeatable anywhere between 10 & 6 o'clock with RH and LH clamping always at the same angle.
Can I purchase a Banjo for my flatbed lathe?
The toolrest base was originally designed for ONEWAY Lathes, but because it is a significant improvement over current designs, we are offering the toolrest base and toolrest as upgrades to replace existing banjo/toolrests for flatbed lathes.
If you have a flatbed lathe, and you find your toolrest does not clamp sufficiently or slide smoothly, you can solve the problem with ONEWAY's new toolrest base.
The toolrest is clamped in the banjo with a captured non-marking block. As a result a very tight fitting hole can be bored, improving the toolrest clamp position. The clamp screw handle may (used to lock the toolrest into place) can be adjusted at 45 degree rotations to ensure minimum interference when turning.
Can these Toolrests be used with other lathes?
Yes. As long as your toolrest base has a 1" hole, our toolrest will work.
Note: Please check our Toolrest Page for specific details.
The electronics contained in all our lathes are of the highest quality. We invested a lot of time and effort to find an inverter which would be extremely reliable, yet flexible enough to suit our needs. These Inverters are the very best we could find.
What are the power requirements?
The AC variable speed drive we use on the lathe changes the requirements a bit compared to a normal AC motor. If you plug in a AC electric motor, it draws the amps that are on the name plate continuously. This gives the wiring in the circuit time to heat up and possibly even melt.
The AC variable speed drives that we use have power optimization circuitry, they only let through the power that is required. While the lathe is just spinning the wood, only 2 or 3 Amps is required. When you are cutting it will let through up to 150% of the motor capacity for up to one minute.
One minute might not sound like a long time, but when was the last time you took a very heavy roughing cut that lasted over one minute?
The maximum that the drive will let through as a very short term surge, is even greater. I have seen them go up to 200% while testing. So if you take a short heavy cut the lathe will do its best to accomodate you. The time it will allow you to do this is so brief, that wires and insulation do not have enough time to heat up, but there is enough there to blow a small breaker.
If you put in a 15 Amp breaker, you will get what we call "nuisance tripping". This is why we recommend a minimum of a 20 Amp breaker (see below).
Note: Also please keep in mind that the drive takes care of electricity that comes out of it. It will shut down if there is a short circuit on the motor side of the wiring. The breaker on the wall is there strictly to protect you.
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Included with the Lathe
Included with your Lathe are the following parts and accessories:
All Oneway Lathes are backed by a warranty period of 5 years from the date of purchase. Non-manufactured parts (i.e. Drive, Motor, Bearings etc) are not covered under this warranty; please refer to the relevant Warranty information provided with the lathe.
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Quick Reference Specifications
We now powder paint all our lathes. Advantages of this process over traditional painting methods include:
Adjustable Leg Heights
We were not satisfied with just meeting capacity turning requirements, we wanted to make the lathe fit you. To that end the 1640 has adjustable legs.
Do you have accessories you want to use on your 1640 Lathe?
If you have a large investment in accessories for your present lathe, a spindle adaptor is available which will adapt your spindle to the ONEWAY spindle size.