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post #1 of 8 Old 02-12-2012, 11:46 AM Thread Starter
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Delta 46-460 Problem

My lathe has quit going in forward. Reverse is working fine. Anyone know of what might be the problem.

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Have you checked the reversing switch to see if it's still making contact in the forward position?
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wadaya mean quit? you flip a switch and it hums, it's silent, it was going forward and then there was this hideous sound of metal grinding on metal followed by a pop and sparks?
EDIT: this thread indicates it might be a switch problem.
http://www.woodworkingtalk.com/f12/d...unction-29415/

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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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Haven't checked anything. I was afraid to void the warranty.

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I vaccumed it off and turned the switch a few times and it started working. Not sure the problem, but it's working for now. Thanks for the replies.

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I had a similar situation a few years ago. Being the kind of guy that I am, I took the reversing switch all apart and found that there were two locations where metal-on-metal movement parts needed lubrication. When I switched it back and forth it was sluggish sometimes and sort of hung up halfway through the switching movement. I carefully applied some graphite to all metal-on-metal parts and it has worked flawlessly for about 4 or 5 years now.

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i got in a hurry a few months back and switched my lathe to reverse before it had completly stopped and it was stuck in reverse to a few min
i kept fiddling with it and it went back to normal
i knew what i did when i did it no from then on i always wait till its completly stopped before switching
hope this might help
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