Need instructions to change drive belt on Nova 3000

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Forum topic by jgt1942 posted 11-06-2014 03:47 PM 1334 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-06-2014 03:47 PM

I have a Nova 3000 lathe and need to replace the broken drive belt. Does anybody have instructions for such. It is not obvious. I have a PDF of the manual and it does not describe how to change the belt. I’ve also searched for instructions but have not found any.

On the left side of the headstock there is a handwheel that I don’t know how to remove and it blocks the access to the upper pulley (e.g. the pulley that is attached to the spindle). The handwheel is mounted on the outboard end of the headstock spindle so you can manually position work or to slow it down.

Thanks in advance for any help.

-- JohnT

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#1 posted 11-06-2014 06:22 PM

The handle is threaded onto the shaft. Standing at the end of the lathe, it unscrews in a clockwise direction (you may need a strap wrench to get it loose). Then you can remove the red sheet metal guarding and replace the belt. I wouldn’t by an OEM belt, they are cheaper (a lot) from the aftermarket suppliers. If you need help with that let me know. BTW, the safety police will cry “foul”, but I leave that red sheet metal off mine, it’s a lot easier to change speeds that way.

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#2 posted 11-10-2014 06:12 AM

The handwheel was super tight, with a couple wood blocks, two pieces of fine sand pager, super larger channel locks (i was not able to find my strap wrench) I was able to get the handwheel off with no damage to the hand wheel. I then removed the screws for the red cover on the top and right edge. I could then pry the red cover and feed in the belt. Thus it is now up and running. I ordered three belts from for a total of $23.52 (this includes shipping) and highly recommend them. As the order was being processed I added to the order another belt for my Delta Drum Sander, no extra shipping fee was added to the total. If I recall correctly the additional belt for the sander was about $7. It was easier for me to reinsert the screws rather than going through the trouble of completely removing the red cover thus I can avoid the safety police.

Tks for the help.

-- JohnT

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