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Myford belt Tension Lever Stuck!

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robert willoughby10/07/2018 13:59:12
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Hi i'm Robert. I got 70s myford lathe. I stupidly changed the belt to different pulleys to change speed, without loosening the tensioner. Succeeded. Then the tension lever would not loosen and won' start!

Can anyone advise me what to do?

I cannot understand why this has happened!


Edited By JasonB on 10/07/2018 14:15:54

JasonB10/07/2018 14:17:21
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I've put your question in a new thread which should get you a few more replies.


KWIL10/07/2018 14:31:28
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Which Myford lathe model?

Martin Connelly10/07/2018 14:41:10
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Get the belt onto a smaller pulley to relieve the tension then see if the lever works and if the motor starts.

Martin C

Michael Gilligan10/07/2018 14:41:15
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Posted by JasonB on 10/07/2018 14:17:21:

I've put your question in a new thread ...


Phew ... that's O.K. then, Jason

... When I saw this thread, with your name; I thought there had been a Damascus event !


Robbo10/07/2018 15:04:12
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As Martin says, take the tension off the belt by moving it to a smaller pulley. If you can't move it then slacken off the tension adjusting screws on the swing head. Then see if the tension lever works and the motor runs

Edited By Robbo on 10/07/2018 15:04:51

Grizzly bear10/07/2018 19:47:04
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Is there a safety switch on the belt guard, that you may have disturbed?


Ian S C11/07/2018 13:38:11
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(Safety switch)Doubt it Bear, it's a Myford.

Ian S C

JasonB11/07/2018 14:25:37
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Even a belt guard is doubtful let alone a safety switchsmile p

Grizzly bear11/07/2018 20:54:31
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Thank you, Ian & Jason. Your replies made me smile!

I mentioned safety switch, due to the fact it wouldn't start.

You learn something new every day!


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