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Craftsman Lathe Reeves Drive Repair #1: Freeing up the Reeves Drive on a Craftsman lathe

07-11-2014 08:26 PM by Jim Jakosh | 15 comments »

My Craftsman lathe would not change speeds so I had to stop and fix it today and I’d thought I’d share the process in case someone else has this problem. This is my second Craftsman 15×38 wood lathe and they both have had this problem. This time the the lathe would not slow down. When I tried to crank it down, it just lost drive power. It has a Reeves Drive in it with an upper and lower sheave. The lower one is opened and closed with a crank and lever inside and the top sheave has a big spring behind it and it supposed to respond to the lower one by opening when the bottom one is closed and vice versa. Well the top sheave was frozen on the shaft and would not move so the ...

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