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Posted on Please help!! Lathe motor Boggs down with forstner bits!

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#1 posted 04-21-2018 09:41 PM

Hello everyone and thank you for all the feed back. So here’s an update…
I did not try the spade but because why did I spend all this money on forstner bits! Lol! But I did try starting with a smaller forstner bit and working my way up…that worked okay until I got to about a 1 1/4” bit. Then all I was getting was dust and smoke…so i lowered the speed to 500 rpm. Then I got less smoke and less progress into the piece. BUT at this speed it was safe to check the motor which was indeed still running while the belt stayed stationary!! So, I will be ordering a new belt ASAP and hopefully these turning troubles will be in the past to make room for more troubles!
Thank you to Bruce, for all the v grove info, it easy to understand now how a belt would wear out over time….I probabaky have the original belt on this lathe from 10 years ago.

-- Tony S. Arru, Connecticut

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