General knowledge about working with an AC motor?
Hi Everybody! I recently salvaged a 1/3 hp single phase AC motor, which I'd like to use for a lathe. I've been looking at diy lathes on instructables and elsewhere and have found that DC motors are mostly used in these kind of projects. I understand that DC is generally battery powered and AC requires a power cord and each can be converted to the other. My question is whether an AC motor is suitable for a lathe and whether any extra safety concerns are involved. Should I convert it to DC? Should I buy a DC motor instead?
Also, any information about whether or not the single phase business is a problem would be helpful too.
I have found a lot of interesting theory and a few interesting tidbits online, but I could really use some experienced opinions. And I don't know anywhere better than instructables to ask for those.
Help, please, and thank you!