So I was getting some practice time in on the lathe this morning when half of my drive pulley exploded
This thing came apart and literally threw pieces all over the place! Glad I was wearing a face shield.
I replaced the frayed drive belt last week with a linkbelt, and I think the new, stiffer belt put additional pressure on the cheap ass, super soft pulleys. The remaining one is cracked, too.
The lathe is an AMT model 5300, which of course is extinct and unsupported. Im going to try ordering a pulley set from this harbor Freight lathe, and hope it fits. From what I understand, they are pretty much the exact same machine.
I certainly don't want to spend much money to fix this P.O.S., but I would like to be able to continue to practice stuff while I bide my time for a better lathe.
Anyone out there run into a similar situation before, with a similar Chinese P.O.S.?