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Posted on Need help with a vintage lathe

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#1 posted 08-26-2019 01:26 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.


- MrUnix

It has brass sleeves that have oil spaces on the top (spring loaded ball bearings to seal the openings) on either side of the pulley. There is no slop or side-to-side movement in the spindle. From the advice in that previous thread, I used 3-in-1 oil to lube it up.

I don’t think it ever saw much use in its life. I never saw my grandfather use it, nor did I ever see any turned projects from him.

Without a piece of wood, the spindle spins easily by hand or with the motor and belt. It’s only after I put in a piece of wood and tighten up the tailstock that it refuses to move. I can turn the pulley by hand, but it is very difficult.

Loosening the the tailstock to a point where every turns easily, it barely holds the wood piece in place. A slight touch with a chisel and it jumps off-center.

-- Tony, SW Chicago Suburbs

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