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junior
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my pants fell today...
Nov 15th, 2005 at 8:38pm
 
well not really...


my belt broke..on my lathe.. i am a little worried though. the guy i got it from said its the factory belt, been going for over 4 years with no problems, and i turn on it a month and whammy, it breaks... i mean no big deal really, the lathe came with an extra, and i can get belts easy enough, i am just worried i caused it...
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Reply #1 - Nov 15th, 2005 at 8:56pm
 
Check the pulley alignment before you get going again.  If you banged the lathe hard enough during transport, you may have moved either pulley on its shaft.  If they are not aligned straight, they will wear out very rapidly.

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Reply #2 - Nov 16th, 2005 at 10:17am
 
You might also check for a burr on one of the pulleys.   8)
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Reply #3 - Nov 16th, 2005 at 2:25pm
 
A little extra slack in the belt may not be a bad idea either, especially while you're learning. It may slip a little if you get a catch, and act as a kind of shock absorber.
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Reply #4 - Nov 16th, 2005 at 2:43pm
 
Hey Junior,

Not to worry,  will take you about 15 minutes to change out the belt.  This is a Reeves drive Jet 1236 Lathe.  No need to check pulley alignment, or worry over belt tension.  As long as you have the correct belt which i surmise you do, you are in business.  The only thing you may want to look at is maybe some lubrication on the shaft of the reeves pulley.  Other than that, you should be making chips in a heartbeat. 

You got to remember, that was a used lathe with some miles on it.  Nuttin lasts forever.

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Re: my pants fell today...
Reply #5 - Nov 16th, 2005 at 3:02pm
 
Yes sir!! I am sure you are right. i had the new belt back on in just a few minutes....


I did notice that one of the pulleys was sticky, i will lube it up before i turn the lathe back on!!
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Reply #6 - Nov 16th, 2005 at 6:39pm
 
Lubricating the slot the pulley slides along usually makes speed changes easier too.  On my harbor freight lathe I can change the speed with one finger.  Just keep that pulley slot lubricated.

Oh...  and I second the checking for burrs on the inside of the pulley wheel.  My lathe had the problem and I hear many of the jet lathes do too.  I took some 500g sand paper and took them off and my belt looks just like the day I put it in.
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Re: my pants fell today...
Reply #7 - Nov 17th, 2005 at 6:19pm
 
Once you get all that pulley adjustment and lube work taken care of, you might want to look into some good suspenders! Wink
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Reply #8 - Nov 17th, 2005 at 7:52pm
 
What do you use for lube?  And what other maintance should be done on them?  Mine is about a year and half old, no problems it's running fine, just want to be proactive.

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Reply #9 - Nov 27th, 2005 at 2:44am
 
well i,m still a newbie. But my uncle had this problem and they say the green belts at the hardware stores hold up better because ther harder and double and cross wrapped .he was going through quite a few. Smiley[color=Blue][/color]
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