Turns out that yesterdays fail was due to lack of HP!! Adjusted the clutches ------ WOW!!!
I believe I can cut right through yesterdays 4x4 (actually 3x4) dried hardwood block. Now I know the lathe will not stop, but my anvil mounting on the tool holder & turret may not be sufficient.
Did some experimenting today on different woods ---- cuts excellent -- scary horsepower!!
This prototype experiment will work fine as a temporary processor to get my truck running.
I have decided to go with industrial machinery as a base for my chunker. Variable speed, forward & reverse, slow controlable clutch engagement & quiet are nice features & add to safety considerably.
With that said, I guess my Mack rear end is available.
Sean, the sword won!!