||My non computer using Uncle has broken the flat belt on his old Logan
||lathe. We can't figue out how to get a new one put on. Any hints?
Pull the spindle
Use a linked belt.
You know, there is a very good Logan lathe support group on Yahoo, moderated by
Scott Logan himself.
Texas Parts Guy
The "link belt stuff" probably won't work; it most likely won't clear the space
between the bottom of the headstock pulley and the headstock itself unless you
can use the smaller pulleys exclusively.
MSC sells lengths of leather and the necessary assembling hardware, or you can
disassemble the whole thing and use an automotice rubber belt.
There are several ways to do this, but the spliced in place is
preferable unless you get a new endless (serpentine) belt, in which
case pulling the spindle is mandatory - be sure to clean up the lube
system while things are apart.
"There are several ways to skin a cat but I prefer a high speed belt
Been there, done that and I must say I love my old Logan.
Do yourself a big favor and contact the Logan company and request
a replacement belt that they sell for the unit. The one for my machine
was a flat belt with a connecting pin spiced in. Can be installed in a
without taking the whole thing apart. It has been about 4 years or so
but I seem to recall the belt being priced about 15-20 bucks and well
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We supply two belts for your Uncle's lathe, either an endless nylon
belt, or a composition material fitted with Clipper(r) Lacing.
The belt with the lacing will last a very long time, and requires no
disassembly of anything. You just wrap the belt around the pulleys,
slip the pin in place, and you are off and running.
The endless nylon belt is stronger and quieter, but does require you
to remove the spindle to install it. I do not recommend this for most
customers, unless you have some other reason to remove the spindle at
the same time, for instance to replace a gear, bearing, pulley etc.
Both belts, as well as manuals and many other parts can be ordered
from our online store at:
For the belts, select Parts & Accessories, then Drive, then LP-1183-1
If you have any questions, feel free to contact me directly.
Or use metal 'belt lace' clips if you have access to them (then you can
take the belt on and off if necessary). The two clipped ends are then
held together with a cross pin. The joint will make a slight 'click' as
it runs over the pulleys, but it's not all that noticeable if the joint
is made correctly. I've used the metal laces for many years with no
problem. Or tie the belt ends together with leather (or other) laces.
There's a correct pattern to use for the lacing that is shown in many
older machinist manuals. Gluing works fine too (scarf the ends to taper
the thickness, and glue with a good overlap), but the belt is no longer
removable (no big issue).