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GREGORY FOWLER10/01/2010 16:11:11
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My family bought this machine for me for Christmas and today I assembled it and had a go.  Low speed good fun.  Increasing the speed made no appreciable dofference and at the highest setting the speed died and the spindle could be stopped with minimal finger pressure.  Speed is altered by means of a split pulley attached to the spindle and the degree of split is altered with the control handle. there is no tension in the belt at the high setting and it just wobbles about.  Does anyone have experience of this machine.
Ron Davis10/01/2010 16:48:54
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HI Gregory
I have an Axminster M950 which works on the same principle as yours. Try taking the cover off and after taking the belt off, check that both the split pulleys are not stuck. You shouls bae able to move the one on the motor against the spring, the other should move along its shaft when you move the speed control lever. A dry lubricant, PTFE spray should free it. As you have a new machine, go no further, and talk to the people at Axminster
Sparky10/01/2010 16:49:49
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Hi Greg
I'm sorry mate but I don't have any experience with this machine, hopefully a few other members will so hold tight.
If you cant get it sorted, please contact Axminster with details as follow.
Customer Services
For returns, service, delivery info, faults and problems
Call: FREEPHONE 0800 371822
(8am-5.30pm Mon-Fri, 9am-1pm Sat)
Technical Advice
For advice on the right tool for you or your job

Call: 0330 100 0299
(8am-5.30pm Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm Sat)
Good luck
GREGORY FOWLER11/01/2010 16:50:10
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I spoke to Axdminster's technical dept and was advised that the problem was due to the very cold weather causing the aluminium split pulleys to contract onto the motor spindle.  He suggested I warm it with a hair dryer and this worked perfectly.  Fancy that!!  I suspect that your suggestion, Ron, of lubricating with PTFE might have worked thanks for that. I hadn't realised that the motor pulley and the spindle pulley were both split. Ta for the sensible response Marc it worked.
Oddjob11/01/2010 17:25:39
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Please to hear the good news Gregory.
That Sparky eh!
 He's like a mother to all of us
George Arnold11/01/2010 19:14:06
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 Glad you got it sorted Axminster  can always be relied on for service,
Your yellow lathe has the same speed adjustment, it is the same set up on all the cheap lathes .
 Rons advice was also spot on.
Ron Davis11/01/2010 19:15:09
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My lathe must be nearly knackered as this has never happened to me.
Glad you are sorted, lets see some pix of your work
Sparky12/01/2010 16:38:44
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Hi Gregory
I'm pleased its all working again for you, I hope to see your projects in your album very soon.
Good luck.
Great advise mate
Its one thing I've done to all my power tools, as my shed gets very damp its good to have something that can repel the water away.
He he,
 Thanks mate, I did find that out in between my computer shut downs........
Ron Davis12/01/2010 16:47:36
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Sparky, I wax the bed on my lathe, it makes moving the tail stock and banjo easier

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