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#1 posted 08-04-2021 08:43 PM

Karda, Are you certain you have bad bearings? You say they were fine until you changed the belt… Also that the noise is not constant… Before tearing down or condemning the bearings, test the headstock spindle for smooth rotation without the belt. Also check for axial movement by pushing the shaft left and right. Smooth rotation and no movement indicates to me that the new belt is at fault. My small Rikon lathe acted the same way… Thought I had bad bearings, but it was simply the belt… Not all belts are the same quality!
Regards, The Kentucky Toolsmith!

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