The lathe looks like the bed has been shortened too. The lathe speed change would be done by changing the belt to another pulley.He has run a belt from the motor to a pulley on a shaft & run the shaft through some bearing mounts & a pulley on the other end of the shaft maybe a step pulley from there up to the step pulley on the lathe. This allowed him to slow the speed down by stepping it down twice once from the motor to the shaft & again from the shaft to the lathe itself.
You could always modify this with a VFD to make operation easier.
Last edited by Bart Leetch; 12-14-2011 at 11:22 PM.
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