new turner PM 45 ridden hard, put up wet
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New to turning, e.g. I have not turned at all,  yet. 

Purchased a former high school Powermatic 45,  1971 edition.  Has the variable speed drive.  Drive seems to work well from 250 to 800rpm as indicated on the VS dial.  No reaction on moving the handle toward 2800rpm from 800rpmI. 

Hoping to not invest too much $ until I try turning to see if it is for me.  I spent a several hours on owwm.org before the purchase  deciding a pm45 was a solid machine.  More time spent looking for a quick fix for the drive issue.  While the users at owwm are great on complete rebuilds, quick fixes are not their specialty.  I would like to give turning a try before going nuts on a rebuild, although this machine may be worth the effort.

Open to/hoping for suggestions for quick fix to increase spindle speed above 800rpm. 

thx for replies,
tom
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  Re: new turner PM 45 ridden hard, put up wet by anwalt (New to turning, e.g....)
OK, been here?  http://www.vintagemachinery.org/pubs/655/15010.pdf

Not that you need rpm above 800, but   use the care and feeding for the Reeves drive as indicated.  IIRC, most selection problems come from the top end slipping.

http://www.vintagemachinery.org/pubs/det...px?id=1276
Better to follow the leader than the pack. Less to step in.
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  Re: new turner PM 45 ridden hard, put up wet by anwalt (New to turning, e.g....)
Tear it apart and fix it up. You'll enjoy turning much better with a fully functional machine. Even if you decide you don't like turning you'll get your money back and then some with the rebuild.
Don
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  Re: new turner PM 45 ridden hard, put up wet by anwalt (New to turning, e.g....)
Do a search at OWWM for Reeves Drive.  It could be sticky, it could be the wrong belt.  Could be something else.  The only way to know is to open it up.
I'm a member at OWWM too.  Usually when machines get rebuilt it's because they're apart anyway.  Better to just go through everything at once while it's apart.  It's not near as much fun to take a machine apart again later after you've been using it.
Rodney
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