King-seeley/craftsman wood lathe model #103.23070

by Tom Anderson
(chattanooga tn)

I just bought this lathe off of craigslist this past week. it is in really good overall shape. bearings are good and a smooth running lathe. The only problem is I need to replace the belt. I downloaded a manual for this lathe and it tells how to change the belt by tappinbg the spindel out just enough to put the belt on. Well, I finally got the shaft so far, after, taking the screws from the pulley, the 2 hex nuts off but I can't seem to get the shaft rest of the way out so the belt can slip over the pulley.the shaft is almost out. any suggestions?

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Apr 15, 2011
Belts for Lathe
by: Scott W

If your still having a problem getting the belt off, just cut it off and replace it with a link belt. They run about $25.00 or so and they work GREAT! I use them on my lathe, band saw, and drill press. You can find them at Harbor Freight Tools, Rockler's or any decent woodworking store.

Apr 13, 2011
Craftsman Wood Lathe 103.23070

I'm looking for an extra long tool rest for my 1953 Craftsman wood lathe Model 103.23070. Please forward any info. Thanks for you time.

Apr 03, 2011
Need a Manual
by: Anonymous

Where did you find the manual to download.. I have been searching everywhere with no luck.. Thanks

Dec 13, 2009
Rebuilding 23070
by: Jim R

I recently acquired the same lathe, this one had been left in a barn for some years. While disassembling the shaft I had to resort to a brass rod and a bigger hammer.

The rust and the two indents for the pulley are the problem. The indents had flared out just enough to drag on the pulley and the rust added more. Once the shaft was removed I filed the rough spots and cleaned the shaft, finishing the shaft with emory cloth. Putting it back together is very easy now and while apart I spent the extra bucks to replace both bearings.

Polishing the shaft will make life easier for you in the future if you ever replace the belt again.

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