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11-16-2002, 01:48 PM
Does anyone know of a supplier where I can get new leather or better matierial for my lathe?

Al Messer
11-16-2002, 03:36 PM
Try Tandy Leather Supply. I bought a piece of belting back in 1994 for my old Logan Lathe and it's still going strong.

John Foster
11-16-2002, 04:41 PM
Better, yes. I use rubberized canvas, as in conveyer belting. Run the rubber side down and you have lots of driving power. I have some 1" if you want some. It has to be laced or use "gripper" type fasteners. This results in a small click some times.
How about serpentine belts as used on cars? My understanding is that they are available in 1" steps. You have to pull the spindle and jack shaft, but you would have a quiet running machine.
"V"belt? There was an article on converting a SB lathe to "V" sometime back, or wait for my article on improving your 9" and 10" lathe coming out next year. John

11-17-2002, 02:36 AM
Try S R Sikes Co. 3715 Oregon Ave. South, Minneapolis, MN (952) 931-9905

Small place, nice people.

11-17-2002, 07:24 AM
What size do you need? I have a supply of rubber drive or transmission belting and the means to install lace. Laced belts do make noise but they are alot easier to install.


11-17-2002, 08:04 AM
McMaster-Carr may carry it.
www.mcmaster.com (http://www.mcmaster.com)

Or try Thrud's favorite reference: the Thomas Register! :-)

Robert Jones
11-17-2002, 11:35 AM
I just got some belts from www.beltcorp.com. (http://www.beltcorp.com.)
They have endless woven belts in 1/2" length increments, and many widths. Their minimum order is two, but mine were only $15 each. They are extremely strong, thin , and flexible. You will have to remove the spindle to put them on. I put it on an old Rockford milling machine, and am pleased with it. Bobby

11-19-2002, 09:27 AM
My belt is about 44" long. Doesn't need to be exact because I have a lot of adjustment on the machine. Something rubber would be great. The belt I had slips during a .010" cut. Very slow and frustrating.

11-20-2002, 12:11 AM
They were designed to slip as a safety feature. Hard to get over your head when you can stall the lathe easily - perfect for learning.

Al Messer
11-20-2002, 02:52 AM
You may need to de-grease the pulleys if it slips that easily. I'm with Thrud---belt slippage has saved the game more than once for me and also kept the lathe from destroying itself!!