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Posted on Need help with a vintage lathe

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#1 posted 08-25-2019 09:28 PM

Few suggestions… first, make sure you have proper belt tension. If the belt is slipping on the motor pulley, then you probably need some more tension.

Secondly, how did the headstock/tailstopck spin before you put the belt on it? Could you turn it by hand? Any resistance or unusual noises? I believe back in your original thread I mentioned: ”Figure new bearings and a belt as a minimum (~$20).” – however, I notice you have some oil caps on there, so you most likely have open race or sleeve bearings that require some oiling. Did you oil them? Those bearings will last forever if properly lubed… but run them dry, and they quickly destroy themselves.

Lastly… what are you using as a center on the tailstock? Doesn’t look like you have one, but from the picture in the catalog, it may have a small pointy bit just barely produding? Anyway, did you lubricate it? A bit of paste wax or paraffin wax now and then is required when using a dead center.


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