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If you are using a 110volt motor then you can buy a simple dimmer switch to do the job of raising/lowering motor speed. I have a normally closed switch that I use to do the same thing as an emergency shutoff on my lathe. - Grar Varg
Thanks for the idea. When you make, you learn a lot in the process. But when you use it over and over again for a long time you will learn more and more valuable points about your making process. You will understand what could have been done different and better. This is very relevant in the case of this lathe. Especially when there are tons of similar projects in the net. But very less information or follow up information on its performance and durability. Request you to post your valid comments and follow up information once you use it and keep using it. Appreciate your efforts on sharing your experience. - Ajann
If you can't find/afford a variable speed motor, you can use different pulley configurations to change the speed. - srilyk
I enjoyed this Instructable, in your next one numbering the pictures might help the flow. - FrancesM18
I went to my local electrical supply and picked one up. I am going to get the motor I have on my lathe on a small drill press I built.
Dear Grar :I want to put a variable speed half horse on my 9 inch Atlas metal lathe but haven't been able to find one. Please tell me where to get one and how well does it work. Would you want to sell if not using yours ? - techydon1
Thanks for sharing this. I love reading people who are energetic enough to get the rest of us motivated to follow suit! If you use a motor from a washing machine or dryer, remember to take the starting capacitor with you as you can prematurely ruin the motor or have it not work at all. Best wishes - carlsails
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