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Davesaint

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02-11-2018 04:04 PM

I have a wood lathe that I picked up from a friend. I don’t have a model number, but the badge on it tells me it was made by Wells and Sons, out of Greenfield mass. I’m trying to get this monster working, but I’m having trouble finding any info on this lathe. It looks like I need a new drive belt. The one on the lathe is canvas, and shreds a little more every time I try to use it.
Can anyone point me in the right direction to find info on this? All my research has come up empty.


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#1 posted 02-11-2018 04:34 PM

Pictures?

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#2 posted 02-11-2018 04:43 PM

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#3 posted 02-11-2018 06:58 PM

They used leather belts

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#4 posted 02-11-2018 07:05 PM

They used leather belts
- Rick_M

Yup, and you can still get them – but most people have switched over to poly-v belts. The only problem is getting it fitted. The leather belts were attached using metal staples at the seam. To use the newer poly-v belts, you will have to yank the spindle to get it on. Not really a bad idea anyway, since you will want to check the bearings/bearing surfaces prior to putting it into use.

Cheers,
Brad

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#5 posted 02-12-2018 04:33 PM

Other day went looking for a lathe pup and couldn’t find one, today found this catalog and will see couple different lathes in it!
http://vintagemachinery.org/pubs/877/5629.pdf

May not be much help due to belt sizes not listed but did see where some lathes came with or without belt & motors. Not sure if that’s good or bad as far as options availbe to OP.

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#6 posted 02-12-2018 04:38 PM

I have an old metal lathe with 3 v-belts
ganged up in place of a flat belt. I’m not
recommending it particularly but it works
ok for what I’ve used the lathe for.

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Davesaint

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#7 posted 02-12-2018 05:03 PM

Sorry guys, I did not know how to attach pics. From the link that Wildwood posted, http://vintagemachinery.org/pubs/877/5629.pdf it seems like I might have a No. 211 motor underdrive lathe with single handle control.
I’m at a loss as to what type of belt I should get to replace the main drive belt (if thats what it is called).
I’m sorry about formatting and not being able to post pics, but this website is extremely unresponsive for me, for some reason. It won’t even let me foramt a link. But anyways, any help is appreciated!

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#8 posted 02-12-2018 06:32 PM

Leather belts can be bought by the foot on ebay. Probably the poly-v too, but I haven’t checked.

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#9 posted 02-12-2018 08:52 PM

This forum might be more help solving any problems you may have with your lathe or direct you to someone with more knowledge. Finding a leather belt to go from headstock to motor, and around what o believe a jack shaft not sure how to measure. Would have same problem with v-belt too!

http://www.owwm.org/viewforum.php?f=5

Just read the rules & sign up if think will help.

Good luck with it.

-- Bill

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#10 posted 02-12-2018 11:03 PM

Measure the existing belt? So far your questions seem to have all been answered. If you are still stuck, ask more questions. At some point you’ll have to get your hands dirty to find out what it needs, if anything. You’ll also have to fire up google (or yahoo or bing) search engine and read about different belt types and decide what you want to use. Fixing old lathes is a labor of love and usually they will be more work for less return than buying a modern lathe. If your goal is to be a woodturner, I recommend selling this lathe and buying something modern.

This is the first link when I searched “how to measure leather drive belt”. They not only sell you replacement belts but tell you how to measure them.
https://albinoindustrialbelting.com/flat-belt-replacement

-- Rick M, http://thewoodknack.blogspot.com/

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#11 posted 02-14-2018 05:43 AM

Hey, those look nice, but I didn’t see a web URL in the catalog. How would I go about ordering one—or should I just wait for one of their salesmen to come to my door?


Other day went looking for a lathe pup and couldn’t find one, today found this catalog and will see couple different lathes in it!
http://vintagemachinery.org/pubs/877/5629.pdf

- Wildwood


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#12 posted 02-14-2018 05:55 AM

Hey, those look nice, but I didn t see a web URL in the catalog. How would I go about ordering one—or should I just wait for one of their salesmen to come to my door?
[...]
http://vintagemachinery.org/pubs/877/5629.pdf
- HapHazzard

F.E. Wells and Sons went out of business in 1917, so they probably didn’t get around to making a web page.

Cheers,
Brad

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#13 posted 02-14-2018 06:05 AM

A couple years ago when I was building a new air compressor and wasn’t exactly sure what the final configuration would be, I got some step-sheaves and a jason industrial accu-link adjustable link v-belt so I could experiment. I see somebody has reviewed this belt here: http://lumberjocks.com/reviews/2417

I was surprised to find that this belt, in addition to being adjustable, worked every bit as well as a regular v-belt on a big, two-cylinder, 5hp air compressor, and I’ve used them in several other applications and carry one as a spare in my car.

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