Help Needed with Stark brand mini-lathe
I’m new to the forum and need some help. My 15 year old son would like to make conductor batons for his school orchestra and we bought a lathe. It’s a Stark brand that we bought from someone at a moving sale. Generally I have major inconsistencies with the wood not spinning at all, or moving so slowly that you can see each side as it spins.
My first problem is trying to move the belt on the pulleys to adjust the speed. You have to manually loosen the pulley or the motor mounts so the belt has enough slack to move. Is this normal?
The second problem I have is with the tail stock assembly. It has a nut on it that I don’t fully understand it’s purpose. If I tighten the assembly too tightly into the stock then the stock won’t spin at all. But the motor will hum.
Thirdly, if I loosen the tail stock assembly just enough I can get the stocking spinning at a decent speed. But when you try to put a tool to it, the entire stock stops spinning completely.
I’m not sure which of the problems to solve first…or even how to solve them at this point.
This is the closest thing I’ve found to a match: https://starkusaindustrial.com/product/40-inch-4-speed-1-2-hp-120v-wood-turning-lathe-machine-14-x-40-new/
I’m happy to upload pics or videos and my own email and phone for personal contact if that would help.
Thanks in advance.