If it runs correctly, nothing. Why would I want them to do anything?
I called them to learn more about this extraneous piece and how critical it
is. They were very helpful by the way and said to call them if the motor
doesn't run after I put it back together and they would try to help me out
even though the motor (and the entire lathe, for that matter) is out of
It was certainly worth the call.
Because you'd always be waiting for the other shoe to drop. The piece came
from somewhere, perhaps somewhere structural. Failure could come without
notice. Accidental success is the bane of every repairman's existence.
I'm in a similar circumstance myself, having assembled my new drillpress
with two long bolts left over. Though identified in the materials list,
there were no instructions as to where to put them. It seems to run right,
but why would anyone cost-conscious include extra hardware? Waiting for an
answer from them.
How about something along the lines of supplying a motor that doesn't have
this flaw? After all, it has caused the lathe to be inoperable and now we
have a part missing from the motor that we don't understand the function of,
which may or may not be of critical importance to the safe, reliable
functioning of the motor. Also, damage to the motor may have occurred as a
result of this part flopping around loose, which may have severely shortened
the usable life of the motor, especially the windings.
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