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#1 posted 11-10-2018 12:21 PM

Most Reeves drive issues are operator induced, ie not performing simple occassional maintenance and then forcing the adjustment handle. Properly cared for they work extremely well for years of service. They are usually not a good choice for lathes over 12” swing – about all have a min speed in the 650-700 rpm range which limits the size of turnings. Dont be afraid of Reeves drives for smaller cheaper lathes. Certainly not as nice as evs, but far cheaper and a good choice for a starter lathe to limit cost of entry.

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