How do you change a drive belt on a walker turner lathe

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Forum topic by gmcdually posted 11-16-2017 11:10 PM 1655 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-16-2017 11:10 PM

Topic tags/keywords: walker turner lathe drive belt head stock

I’m new to using a lathe and acquired an old walker turner L951 lathe from a friend that passed away. I can’t seem to remove the spindle from the headstock to get the old belt off to replace it. I don’t want to force anything.

I saw a manual for this model but it doesn’t give instructions on how to replace the belt. It does in fact show a parts drawing for which I believe it should just slide out based on what I have removed already.

Any Ideas ? I’m stuck (so is the spindle)


-- Bob, Hawley, PA

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#1 posted 11-17-2017 03:00 PM

You have two options.

1. Take the lathe head to shop that has a hydraulic press. This is needed to press out the spindle from the head stock. Most auto repair shops should have a hydraulic press.

2. Use a link-type V-belt as a replacement like this:

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#2 posted 11-17-2017 03:30 PM

You should not need a press. Lathe spindles are usually designed so they can be pretty easily removed, so you can replace the bearings in them. Looks like your is such a beast based on the parts diagram. The problem is that you have to press it through those bearings, which are a pretty tight machined fit. Any little bit of dirt, grime or gunk will make it a bear.

Once you remove the end plates, and I’m guessing a set screw or two on the pulley (not shown in the diagram), it should just tap out. Use a soft faced hammer or block of wood to protect the spindle nose while tapping it out. If you are not comfortable with the brute force method using a hammer, you can fabricate a puller of sorts with some all thread – such as this one I made:

It’s just some all thread, some scrap plywood and a couple nuts and washers. Only other thing you will need is an appropriate sized socket or pipe that fits over the spindle end.


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#3 posted 11-17-2017 06:09 PM

I guess you didn’t like my answer. If the belt is inside the head stock, the spindle should be fairly simple to remove as it would need to be done for belt changes. But it’s got decades of gunk and corrosion, which create a lot of stiction. Also the spindle should come out the front.

-- Rick M,

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#4 posted 11-18-2017 02:12 AM

Thanks for the replies but, I got it out before I read your replies.
After purchasing a dead blow hammer and a using a heavy swing it came loose. The issue was the pulley. It was stuck on burrs from the set screws. I then lightly filed the burrs off the spindle and honed out the pulley so it would slide more easily on the shaft. Also, I cleaned all the parts and lubed everything and reassembled the head stock.
Now, want a good laugh ? I did all that and didn’t put the drive belt on. So, I had to take it apart and install the new belt.
The next time (if needed) I will purchase a link typed v-belt.
All in all replacing the belt might be the easy part. Now, I have to have fun and learn how to use this thing,
Thanks again….

-- Bob, Hawley, PA

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