Here is a post from another thread. Mine is doing this same thing, but it will work in reverse and not forward.
Bought mine back in February this year. The other day I was using it at the lowest possible speed to finish a bowl. I stopped the lathe to reverse it, switched it on and it didn't run. Turned it off, then back on and again nothing. Then when I switched it back to fwd, it jogged the motor real quick (with the switch in the off position), but when I switched it back on it ran fine. Went to reverse, nothing. Switched it back to fwd and it did it again.
Later that evening, I tried it all again and everything functioned normally. I thought maybe it was because maybe it got hot??? I didn't notice any heat anywhere? But I went to finish another bowl and it did the same thing all over again. I put the belt back onto the third pulley and it works fine now?
Has anyone here had this problem? I read about some speed controll issues. But nothing like this.
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