DC Motor and Speed Control Unit


Note: Internal brushes for this motor are non-replaceable and not available for purchase separately.

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Product Description

About Sherline Motor and Speed Control Units

The 90-volt DC motor provides far more than the 1/2 HP AC/DC motor we offered before 1994. A DC motor provides its maximum torque at low RPM where you need it most, so the full speed horsepower rating of an AC/DC motor can be a little deceiving as far as offering practical, usable power. The DC motor also offers a smoother and quieter operation.

A more sophisticated speed control unit is required to power and control the motor. The control we have developed accepts any incoming AC from 100 VAC to 240 VAC, 50 or 60 Hz, and automatically outputs 90V DC to the motor so that this unit can be used anywhere in the world without a transformer. All you need is the correct wall plug or converter. In addition, a load-compensating circuit has been designed into the controller. As load is applied, the speed control will add power to hold a constant speed. Once the on/off switch is switched to the “ON” position, a speed control knob varies the speed over the entire range. With the two-position pulley in the “normal” position on a Sherline headstock, the speed range is about 70 to 2,800 RPM. In the “high-torque” position, the maximum speed is cut in half, but torque at any given speed is much greater*.

*NOTE: The full torque at the lower RPM range of 70-1,400 will be obtained when the motor pulley belt is in the low-speed/high-torque pulley groove. The high-speed pulley groove will have full torque in the 1,200 to 2,800 RPM range.

If you use the motor in non-Sherline applications, the maximum no-load speed of the motor shaft is 6,000 RPM. Complete specs on the motor can be found on this site’s “Standard Dimensions and Specifications” page.

Replacing an Older AC/DC Motor

You can purchase this unit to replace an old Sherline machine’s existing AC/DC motor. This compact and well-engineered unit costs far less than other DC units of similar power offered in major industrial tool supply catalogs. If you are replacing an older AC/DC motor and speed control, you can re-use the same motor mounting bracket, standoffs, and drive belt, but you will need to purchase a new stepped spindle pulley. You could also buy the complete headstock with DC motor and speed control, as is shown below. A version with different pulley ratios and offering a 10,000 RPM maximum spindle speed is also available.

The drawing below shows the components in the complete headstock with DC motor and speed control unit and its assembly. The motor and speed control includes only the motor, speed control, belt guard assembly, power cord, and motor pulley.

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The improper use of machine tools and their accessories can result in serious injury. Before using this tool, thoroughly read the instructions and make sure you understand its proper and safe use.


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Type of enclosure Totally enclosed, non-vented
Duty rating Continuous–10 oz. in. at 6100 RPM, .85 amperes; Intermittent–30 oz. in. at 5500 RPM, 1.75 amperes (5 minutes on / 15 minutes off)
Output horsepower .06 KW (60 W) at 10 oz. in. / 6100 RPM
AC voltage (input) Normally 115 VAC, 60 Hz, Single Phase to rectifier (Sherline electronic speed control converts any input from 100 VAC to 240 VAC, 50-60 Hz.)
DC voltage 90V DC to motor (60 Hz)
Speed in RPM 6100 RPM continuous
Class of insulation Class A, 105° (C.) insulation system
Normal full load current .85 amperes
Starting current 1.7 amperes instantaneous starting current (<100 milliamperes). This is also stall current in True RMS
Max current at time of changeover from lower speed to higher speed Depends on load
Type of motor 3.00 inch (outer diameter) sub-fractional horsepower brush-type permanent magnet motor
Temperature rise at ambient 50° C. Less than or equal to 45° C.
Motor frame size 3 inches
End use of motor Drive unit for lathe or mill
Part No. Description Quantity
43000 DC Speed Control Assembly w/Belt Guard 1
45475 Hill House DC Motor (2020) 1
43360 Stepped Motor Pulley 1
40660 #10 Washer 4
40690 10-32 x 3/4″ SHCS 2
If you are working with brass or wood, we suggest you use the toggle switch dust cover to protect the life of your motor & speed control.