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Unread 05-31-2010, 10:09 PM
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Re: First lathe


if you decide to get rid of that thing look me up. I can be ther in a few hours

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Unread 06-05-2010, 09:15 AM
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Originally Posted by bigngreen View Post
Sure you do I researched the mod # and it looks like it should gitter done. If it's running a flat leather belt slap a serpentine belt on it, Ive seen some real good articles on how much better they are than the leather belts. I think Practical machinist had a how to on it.
+1 on the serpentine belt. I put one on my 9" South Bend, should have done it years ago. It made a new lathe out of it. Runs quiet as a field mouse with hiccups. I used a sharp woodchisel to trim it square to length, drilled holes in it and laced it together with soft stainless steel wire. I tried the Spectra fish line but that stuff cut it's way out of the belt in about 8 weeks. The stainless wire has been in there a year and looks like it was just installed.

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Unread 06-06-2010, 10:38 PM
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Re: First lathe

Thanks for all of the info. I went to the practical machinist web sight and all ready done the sepentine belt mod. I was lucky that my family at one time owned a dry cleaners alot of old machinery used leather belts, my dad kept the tooling for hooking the belts together and it works gust fine with the serpentine belt. I am working on a tool holder for some of the larger bits that it came with. I will try to get some pics in a few days.

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