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#1 posted 12-19-2020 10:52 PM

Doesn t sound too bad based on your description… maybe just a few new off the shelf bearings (6205 s and a 6006) and perhaps some Loctite 660. I have the same lathe, and it s a very simple design. If you want to get creative, I bet it would be fairly simple to retrofit the motor with a variable speed DC motor out of a treadmill and replace the reeves drive with a simple v-belt or serpentine pulley setup. Regardless, don t trash it!

Oh – another thought. That lathe is basically the same as the Harbor Freight one, and all of their parts AFAIK are interchangeable. You may be able to get a replacement pulley from them if it really is buggered past the point of use or repair. Wouldn t hurt to contact them and ask.


- MrUnix

I’m going down HF tomorrow and I’ll ask them. I’ll try a internet search for HF lathe and see if it’s available. HF usually doesn’t sell parts to fix anything.
I’m also thinking about tearing it down and greasing it up and stick it in the shed so I can free up some space in my shop. I’m moving in about a year so if it hasn’t been fixed by then I’ll probably just scrap it. But I’m going to try to find the parts I need until then.


In a Reeves Drive, one sheave is fixed and the other moves. Was there a spring on the worn area of your sheave? On yours, did the worn area move against the shifting lever? If so, you might just go to a local bearing supplier to replace the bearing in the shifting lever. In the ,sheave, if the bore is wore into an egg shape, you might be SOL! If not, measure the bore and the OD of the shaft & look for a bronze sleeve (same bearing supplier), to press into the sheave.

I can’t imagine, though, the pieces being completely wore out, unless the lathe ran 24/7! You took it apart, and a bit more fussing, might save you some jack!


I maxed out the lathe turning mostly hollow forms. Really the lathe is made for turning spindles mostly. The inside bore if fine, the outside is worn. Going to check 2 places for that pully and if no luck I’ll store it for awhile in hopes of finding what I need.

-- Mike in FL.

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