Turbo T-60S Wood Lathe: RPM Indicator Reads 0 or 1 While Running

Created by Gabriel Izzo, Modified on Sun, 14 Apr at 10:28 PM by Gabriel Izzo

Getting an incorrect RPM readout on a Turbo T-60S Lathe? This can be caused by alignment of the RPM sensor located inside the headstock behind the switch plate. 

Depending on the current state of the spindle's magnet and sensor location, you may have to make an adjustment to the bracket, the sensor, or the magnet, to get the magnet on the spindle to line up with the sensor and register each revolution so that the RPM displays on the digital readout correctly.

General Safety Information

Working with a lathe requires careful attention to safety to prevent accidents. Here are some key safety tips to consider:

Wear Appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE):

  • Eye Protection: Always wear safety goggles or a face shield to protect your eyes from flying debris.
  • Hearing Protection: Use earplugs or earmuffs to protect against noise from the lathe.
  • Dust Mask: Wear a dust mask or respirator when sanding or working with toxic woods to avoid inhaling dust and chips.

Dress Appropriately:

  • Avoid loose clothing, ties, gloves, jewelry, or anything that might get caught in the lathe’s moving parts.
  • Wear close-fitting clothes and non-slip footwear. If you have long hair, tie it back securely.

Check the Lathe Before Use:

  • Inspect the lathe for any damage or missing parts before turning it on. 
  • Make sure all components, such as the tool rest and tailstock, are tightened and properly adjusted.
  • Ensure that the workpiece is securely fastened and balanced on the lathe to prevent it from dislodging.

Turn Off the Lathe to Make Adjustments:

  • Never adjust the tool rest or tailstock or change speeds while the lathe is running. 
  • Always turn off the lathe and wait for it to come to a complete stop before making any adjustments.

Maintain Concentration:

  • Always focus on your work when using the lathe. 
  • Avoid distractions and do not operate the machine if you’re tired or under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

Know Your Emergency Procedures:

  • Familiarize yourself with the location of the emergency stop button and always have a first aid kit nearby. 
  • Know how to quickly turn off power in case of an emergency.

By following these safety practices, you can enjoy woodturning while minimizing the risks associated with using a wood lathe.

If you have confirmed that the sensor is activating on each rotation and the bracket is installed properly in alignment with the magnet on the spindle, and the problem persists, check the wiring that runs from the sensor to the screen. If the wiring is loose, the screen will not register the sensor and this problem could be fixed by ensuring the wiring is connected to the back of the screen or replacing the screen if necessary.

The videos below go into further detail and explain the cause of the RPM indicator not registering the correct RPM, displaying 0 or 1 and how to re-align the sensor to the spindle. 

Was this article helpful?

That’s Great!

Thank you for your feedback

Sorry! We couldn't be helpful

Thank you for your feedback

Let us know how can we improve this article!

Select at least one of the reasons
CAPTCHA verification is required.

Feedback sent

We appreciate your effort and will try to fix the article