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Old 06-23-2015, 09:55 AM   #1 (permalink)
 
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Angry General Mini Lathe Drive Belt

Hi everyone,

I'm having issues with my General Mini lathe (model 25-010). The belt snapped last week and General is telling me that it'll be 3 months before they can get me one(!). does anyone have any experience with a suitable substitute? It's a tiny pen lathe and I've seen vacuum or sewing machine belts that would likely work but havent been able to find anything that's the correct size.

Any feedback is appreciated.
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Old 06-23-2015, 10:28 AM   #2 (permalink)
 
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Take the broken belt to Grainger. You'd be amazed at the wide variety of belts they have in stock.
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Hi everyone,

I'm having issues with my General Mini lathe (model 25-010). The belt snapped last week and General is telling me that it'll be 3 months before they can get me one(!). does anyone have any experience with a suitable substitute? It's a tiny pen lathe and I've seen vacuum or sewing machine belts that would likely work but havent been able to find anything that's the correct size.

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The best advice I can give to everyone, if you have a lathe that uses a specific sized belt, order one now. Not when it breaks. With my old Delta, I can pick one up at any auto supply store, but I have a spare, because if it breaks I may not want to stop and go get a new one. My Jet mini, I already have spare ready fro when it breaks. My 10" Rikon bandsaw, uses a specific belt, I also have a spare ready incase it breaks.

Sometimes these odd sized belts can take weeks to find and have sent. I would rather have a spare for all of my tools than wait a week for a belt.
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Call here.. they have always been very helpful to me

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Great advice. I placed an order with belts for anything. I basically ordered anything that was close in size because it was really cheap. I'm so surprised at the terrible service from General. I was going to upgrade my lathe soon but I'll definitely be going with another brand now.
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