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    I Guess Im Learning??? Maybe?

    I have a Jet 1642 with the 1 1/2 hp motor and am turning some magnolia that has been drying for a few months..Im just now getting to it. These are small bowls...maybe 8" max in dia ..and between 3 to 5" deep. Im using the EWT Ci1 , the Hunter Hercule tool, and the EWT Ci5 Hollower.... I would be turning and get a light catch and lathe would make a squelching sound and momentary pause and continue on. I put new inserts in all the tools ...It was time ...They had been used a lot...It seemed real easy for this catch ,sound and pause to happen..easier than I thought...I was just wondering is it normal for a Jet 1642 to so easily do this..??? I had to make sure my tool presentation was the best I could do (still learning on bowls...turned a ton of flutes though)and had to make sure ht of rest was the best I could do....Is this normal with the Jet 1642? Sound like just a learning curve Im going through? Happened quite a few times ...not the snatch the tool from your hand kind of catch ..just catch,squelch, pause and go again.

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    Could the drive belt be a bit loose? Unless you're taking really heavy cuts, that 1 1/2hp motor should be able to plow right through on an 8" diameter piece.

    Also, if you're getting catches with the Easy Wood tools, double-check that the cutting edge is right at the centerline of the piece and that the tool shank is held parallel with the floor.
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    I just looked at it. It was loose some.That was problem...How tight should it be....??? without being too tight.??

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    Tight enough to be between 1) tight enough that the belt almost never slips and 2) loose enough it does not break your arm.

    I started to say, "Have a glass of wine and stay loose." However, alcohol and woodworking are about like alcohol and driving---not a good idea.

    Gads, don't I sound like a prissy old man though?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim C Bradley View Post
    Tight enough to be between 1) tight enough that the belt almost never slips and 2) loose enough it does not break your arm.

    I started to say, "Have a glass of wine and stay loose." However, alcohol and woodworking are about like alcohol and driving---not a good idea.

    Gads, don't I sound like a prissy old man though?

    Enjoy,

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    Maybe prissy, but if your still able to learn, not to old. ROTFLOL
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim C Bradley View Post
    Tight enough to be between 1) tight enough that the belt almost never slips and 2) loose enough it does not break your arm.

    I started to say, "Have a glass of wine and stay loose." However, alcohol and woodworking are about like alcohol and driving---not a good idea.

    Gads, don't I sound like a prissy old man though?

    Enjoy,

    JimB
    I don't know about prissy, but certainly old enough to know when to be careful.... we have enough accidents when the ww is sober... add alcohol and we almost have a guaranteed accident.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike Turner View Post
    I just looked at it. It was loose some.That was problem...How tight should it be....??? without being too tight.??
    On my Powermatic (with a bit heavier motor), I typically just let the weight of the motor tension the belt, then I lock it down. If I'm doing something like coring - where I know I can get some hardcore catches - I'll loosen it just a little bit and let the slipping belt be my safety valve.
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    Good answer and Ill use it as a suggestion too

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