The lower pulley was making a metal on metal sort-of grinding, screeching noise. Not super loud but enough to notice something wrong with it. When hand turned (no power) same thing, like the pulley was hitting something?
So, I removed the drive belt (the lower v-belt, not the flat one higher up) and tested power to motor, and the motor sounded flawless. Smooth and no noise. Sounds very good surprisingly.
I inspected the belt and it is a little worn and roughed up.
So, the question is, I was gonna buy a new belt, assuming it needs one at this point in it's life. I just dont wanna install it and ruin it only to find it wasn't the belt.
Is there anything I should be checking as to why it was making that noise? The upper assembly seems to be working right...no noises, smooth turning. And motor when no belt is on sounds great. just when the belt was on...
Also, if you can, jut explain to me how the pulley system works? Im guessing the spring-loaded pulleys add tension to control speed or power to accessories?
I must sound like a newbie. lol. so looking forward to learning more about how these machines work. I'll be honest, I got it cause I "needed" (i.e wanted) a lathe, but half of me wanted it because its just so cool looking.