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Forum topic by Johnalan Thomas posted 03-01-2016 04:47 PM 848 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Johnalan Thomas

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03-01-2016 04:47 PM

Topic tags/keywords: jig question help floor lathe lathe help please help sos

Hello. my dad recently got me a lathe for my birthday, i used it at his house before i took it home, and i got home i bolted it down to my bench and it shook like crazy, so i mounted the workbench to the floor.and now the floor is shaking with the bench.
the floor is plywood screws to floor studs (forgive me), does anyone know how i could fix this besides getting a smaller lathe?

(the lathe is fully supported and is 41in long)

-- John Darlington Sc

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#1 posted 03-01-2016 04:57 PM

Does the lathe shake when there isn’t a work piece mounted to it? Does it shake if the belt is removed and the motor runs by itself?

My best guess is that you are exceeding the capabilities of the lathe. If you are trying to turn a big unbalanced hunk of wood, it will shake. Slow the speed down as much as you can and get the work piece as round as possible before mounting it on the lathe.

If the shaking is coming from something else, you’ll need to give us some more info. Pictures or video would really help as well.

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#2 posted 03-01-2016 05:03 PM

Yep, what TheGreatJon said!

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#3 posted 03-01-2016 05:45 PM

Yep. Something is out of balance. If you get shaking with no work on the lathe, I would start by checking the motor and headstock pulleys to make sure they aren’t bent. Then make sure the motor arbor isn’t running out of round. Like TheGreatJon said, if that doen’t help, we’ll need more info and pics.

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#4 posted 03-02-2016 02:43 AM

Step 1 of troubleshooting is identify the problem. Shaking isn’t the problem, it’s a symptom. We can only guess at the solution because we haven’t identified the problem. Hope that helps.

-- Rick M,

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