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Hi there - I assume - it would be these 2 bolts I have too loosen - then the belt Will loosen?
That's it. Loosen the top nut up as far as it can without forcing it and the motor will lift up.
Well done on joining the skiving machine community. My first piece of leather skived was the tip of a finger when stupidly reaching into the machine to clear something. I suppose you only do something like that once (or no more than ten times).
Like above, there'll be that nut to loosen at the back of the motor attached to something like an L-shaped bar. If I had to guess, just going by your snaps, I think it might be the one circled. Let us know how you get on. and send us some more pics of the machine. I'm always curious to see other ones. Good luck.
Hi there - so you suggest - to just loosen these bolts?
Yes, that looks to be the way to do it. Just loosen the lower nut only to get some slack on the belt and leave the top nut where it is if you are happy with the current belt tension.
You may need to slide the motor off the rod if you can't get enough slack.
Looks like that'll do the trick. Nicely done. I assume you're undoing it for a good reason or just being nosy. My tension is akin to a plastic packing strip you'd commonly find keeping boxes around large electrical appliances or a bungee under tension. Seems to work, doesn't slip, doesn't labour the motor.
Hope this helps some.
Hi Sam, I will copy/paste my reply from your email yesterday for the benefit of the other members (in case someone else has the same issue in future);
'To loosen the belt, it looks like you will need to loosen the motor mount (you can see it's on a hinge). I don't know if yours has spring tension however, so just carefully try pulling the motor towards yourself (power off, with the machine unplugged) to see if the belt gets any slack to remove it first. If not, there is probably a nut or hex bolt that needs loosening. Yours is a little different to mine so I'm going by your photos here (thanks for sending them!).'
Isn't that just a matter of loosening the motor support and lifting the motor!
Sorry, that was supposed to be a question mark at the end. I have fat fingeritist today, lol
Yeah Phil says that in the video - but not sure - where I need to loosen - in order to loosen the belt? constructions a lil different to his in the video. (Iam not great with machinery mechanics - as you probs can tell) lol
Pretty much all motors have lock down device unless they are heavy enough for gravity to do the job so, there should be a bolt from either the motor bracket ( holds it to the bottom of the table) or from the table itself to the motor. It will usually have a nut top and bottom with the flange of the motor between them. Loosen off the one closest to the bottom of the table and run it up the threaded rod a way. Make sure the hinge of the motor is loose and the motor should hinge up and thereby loosen the belt.
If all else fails, take some pictures of the underside of the table and the area all around the motor. Post them here and we can probably help out.