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My powermatic wood lathe has developed a problem noise (click, click) that occurs only when the lathe is running forward. The noise is not there when the lathe is in reverse. Is this a bearing problem, and if so, what must I do to correct the situation? Edmund B. Campbell, Jr. 941 485 6484

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    MY problem is with a Powermatic Lathe (Model 3520B), NOT with a chain saw.

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    I discovered two loose set screws on the upper pully wheel. After tightening them, the moise stopped.

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Hello Edmund,

Normally bearing noise will happen in both directions, forward and reverse.

You didn't mention the model # of the lathe itself, but here are few things that you can do to narrow the scope of the problem.

1) Your motor probably turns at the same RPM regardless of spindle speed. So, if your spindle is turning at say 150rpm, and you hear the click at the same speed as 500rpm, then the noise is likely coming from the motor, or the transmission.

2) Most motors also turn in 1 direction. Verify that yours follows this or not. If the motor doesn't reverse, then again, you are likely looking at the problem being in the transmission.

3) If the clicking noise is present all the time, then you can eliminate the tail piece if you don't have work in the spindle.

4) Try disconnecting the motor from the transmission, and see if noise goes away. If it does, then you should be able to rotate the transmission by hand, and possibly feel the noise as it occurs.

5) Otherwise, with the motor disconnected, rotate the spindle to see if you can feel the clicking noise.

6) A definite sign of bearing failure will be play on the input shaft, spindle, or an intermediate shaft. Check these and make sure that there is no lateral movement.

It would be best for you to contact the manufacturer and obtain a parts manual for your lathe. Then you are able to see how the lathe is assembled, as well as likely sources or areas that can be the source of your clicking noise.

Good Luck!

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Bearings will make a noise if one or more bearings get a flat spot on the round bearing. the noise will be heard in either direction as well. More than likely the noise you hear is from the motor for they do have a clutch in them for forward drive modes and not for reverse modes

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