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Forum topic by Karda posted 01-17-2021 03:25 AM 808 views 0 times favorited 43 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-17-2021 03:25 AM

Hi, I have the harbor freight 10×18 lathe. I found out that the belt is partially broken. I am still using it but not for long. so far I haven’t found anything about how to change the belt. I have now experience with machine work no do I have the tools what should i do thsanks

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#1 posted 01-17-2021 04:40 AM

Your horrible freight is broken already. Haul it out to the curb and save up for a decent lathe.
Even the old craftsman lathes are miles better

-- Aj

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#2 posted 01-17-2021 05:31 AM

belts break

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#3 posted 01-17-2021 07:21 AM

You will need to remove the spindle – at least enough to get the belt past the end of it. That will involve loosening and removing the hand wheel, as well as loosening the set screws holding the pulley in place. That lathe is basically identical to the Grizzly H8259 (and there are Rikon and Rockler clones as well), and the Grizzly manual explains changing the belt in more detail. The HF manual doesn’t even address the issue.

Get the Grizzly manual from here


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#4 posted 01-17-2021 10:42 AM

Wow, two folks even more harsh than I am.

Belts may not be identical but they should be an industry standard. Note that the US spec for a V-belt is different than the Eastern spec. You can google and look at belt manufactures sites for the details.

If it is a multi-rib belt, just get a good one. I prefer Gates whenever. If a V-belt, try to get one that is cogged. Most V belts are designed for greater than 2 1/8 inch pulley, and about half the machines out there violate that, A cogged belt, and one made by a quality company, will run much smoother.

Don’t get trapped by an official :HF, Griz,etc part number. Look at the belt. It should have ( one) of the industry sizes on it.

There, more than you thought you needed to know about belts. They are critical in how smooth it runs.

FWIW, all those machines are made from the same castings. Accessories may vary with brand. Motors usually do. Who assembles it may rotate between about 4 factories in China. How good it is depends on the finish spec the brand pays for. HF does not seem to spec cleaning the sand off before painting. I expect Rikon does.

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#5 posted 01-17-2021 05:21 PM

thanks for the suggestioin on the belt, this belt is a ribbed flat belt about 5/16 wide

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#6 posted 01-17-2021 10:26 PM

This should help… For the Rikon. A bit of work but pretty straight forward.

I have this little lathe. Nice piece of kit.

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#7 posted 01-17-2021 10:33 PM

I started out with the Rockler Excelsior version. As brad pointed out with the Grizzly instruction book. Exact same lathe with different paint jobs.
Here is your belt on Rockler’s web site.

Quick edit, I see the Rockler belt is oversold till 2/5/21
So I went to HF web site. they show it as a part they have.
Only two parts listed. And no online order, but a phone order number. 1-800-444-3353
Central Machinery
10 in. x 18 in. 5 Speed 1/2 HP Benchtop Wood Lathe
Item# 65345
Part# Description Diagram Ref# Price
11073 DRIVE BELT 1 PC 26 $8.66

-- John

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#8 posted 01-17-2021 10:41 PM

Pantyhose is the old emergency fan belt fix …

-- The hump with the stump and the pump!

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#9 posted 01-17-2021 11:31 PM

thankjs for the information John, i have been looking at u tubes and there was one for a Rikon that is almost the same as Mine the only notable difference is it looks shorter. I do have a question what size panty hose should i use

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#10 posted 01-18-2021 01:23 AM

What size do you normally wear?

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#11 posted 01-18-2021 01:31 AM

don’t I’ll have to ask my wife

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#12 posted 01-18-2021 02:10 AM

Well now, macho men, you have clearly not spent much time in the high mountains. Seriously, panty hose were by far the best thing before under-armor was invented. Remember the first rule of mountaineering: COTTON KILLS

Karda, ribbed flat. Excellent. Just get a quality brand like Gates, Dayco, Continental etc. Don’t bother with OEM supplier replacement. It wil have numbers on it. Google them.

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#13 posted 01-18-2021 03:37 AM

thanks for the brand name. I found a video where the guy gives the numbers of the belt he is replacing as well as the one he thinks will work better

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#14 posted 01-18-2021 06:10 AM

don t I ll have to ask my wife

- Karda

I think he was asking Madmark2

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#15 posted 01-19-2021 06:07 PM

ok i have watched a couple videos that make the belt replacement simple and trouble free, what can go wrong. That is where I get tripped up is when what was supposed to be a simple straight forward job don’t go right.

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