Need help with an older craftsman 15 inch wood lathe 351.217170

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Forum topic by Scottperry00 posted 11-21-2017 07:02 PM 1937 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-21-2017 07:02 PM

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I bought a used Craftsman 15 inch lathe, 351.217170, that has the transmission deal and no belts.
The noise from the bearings caused me to replace them. When I did and reconnected everything and powered it back on it started a continuous beep and then shut down, except for the fan. I noticed the drive shaft was running in reverse so I swapped the power connections. Powered it on and same issue.

So, if any of you out there might be able to help it would be a huge help. I had an even older craftsman with the tube that the tailstock slid on but the driveshaft or pulley wobbled so I found this newer one. Buying a new one is not an option just due to budget and all. If I can fix this one it would be great, if not maybe I could sell both of them, the old one works and I think the wobble came from the way the pulley connects to driveshaft that can be correct. And yes, I could just use that one but I would really like to have a bigger lathe that can swing out to make a bigger bowl.

Any suggestions would be a huge help and much appreciated!

Thank you in advance,


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#1 posted 11-21-2017 07:27 PM

Well, this is just a shot in the dark, but according to the manual the speed control knob has to be in the off position before the power switch is turned on or the lathe will not run. here is a link to the manual.

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#2 posted 11-21-2017 07:35 PM


Thank you for the quick reply! I have tried that but it still has the same results. As soon as it is turned on there is a beep, like an alarm or whatever. Then if I turn the speed up it will run for a second and then the power to the lathe shuts down, the fan underneath still runs so it is not that a fuse blew or anything. I can turn it on and it works again but I do not want to do permanent damage.

I did take the two cables that run from the motor to the circuit board and reverse them to make sure it was not something as simple as the power being reversed.

I think my next step is to pull the transmission end of the motor apart and turn it on, making sure it is not something in the gears. Then if needed I guess I will break it all down again and see if there is anything else that looks out of order.

Thanks for the input though!


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#3 posted 12-15-2017 08:26 AM

Scott I bought one of these years ago more as a favor to a friend who needed money. It had low use and was in fine running order when I made the deal but when I picked it up from her basement months later it had the exact same issues as yours. Before I picked it up the farmhouse she lived in lost its well pump in a lightning strike and the lathe was plugged in. I always figured it cooked something in the board as all it ever did was beep when I tried to switch it on. I would guess that since mine wasn’t used or moved before the issue presented itself and since you are the only one that I have been able to find with the same beep I’m guessing you have an electrical issue instead of a gear problem. I haven’t found any reference anywhere regarding the beep alarm which is just exasperating but I have come to expect that from dealing with Craftsman and Delta for that matter. I’m to the point where I need to fix it or free up the space so my goal is to solve the issue or scrap it by Feb 2018 so if I find any leads or answers I’ll post them and hope you’ll do the same.


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#4 posted 12-15-2017 09:42 AM

Check the connections to the speed control board and make sure everything is plugged in properly. Many of the speed controllers I’ve played with will do what you describe if the speed sensor is not seen or it doesn’t detect the motor. It will beep and stop as a safety precaution in case the machine is jammed.


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