10,000 RPM Pulley Set


Product Description

About the Sherline 10,000 RPM Pulley Set

The standard Sherline pulley set is geared to turn the spindle at a maximum speed of 2,800 RPM. This offers a speed range sufficient for most lathe and mill operations while taking maximum advantage of the motor’s torque. There is a second pulley range that reduces top speed further while increasing torque even more for turning large parts or running slow cutter speeds. However, we often get requests for higher turning speeds from people running small-diameter cutters for jobs like engraving. For this purpose, we have developed a pulley set that is capable of turning the spindle at speeds up to 10,000 RPM. Naturally, when geared to turn at such a high speed, power is somewhat reduced, but this is not normally a problem with small cutters or when turning small shafts. Actually, we have been very impressed with the amount of power the motor puts out even when running this high-speed ratio.

The pulley set is installed in about 10 minutes on your Sherline headstock. A new pair of split standoffs replaces the standard hex standoffs, as the new, larger pulley would not fit between the stock standoffs. All other guards and mounting points are retained, and the same belt is used. No special tools or modifications are required. In addition to the 10,000 RPM ratio, a second ratio that offers a maximum speed of about 2,200 RPM is included. This is similar to the standard ratio on the normal pulley set for regular machining operations. (NOTE: Because of the split standoff design, changing pulley positions on the high-speed pulley set is a little more time-consuming than on the standard set but is still easy to accomplish in just a few minutes.)

NOTE 1: This conversion is only designed for use with the DC motor in use since about 1993. Older AC/DC motors are identified by the smaller speed control housing and cannot be fitted with this pulley set.

NOTE 2: To maximize speed and reduce heat buildup, Sherline recommends a slightly looser preload setting for turning high RPM. Instructions for adjusting preload are included with the kit.

NOTE 3: The 10,000 RPM Pulley Set does not work with the 3C Collet Headstock (P/N 30113).

Sherline/MASSO Controller Changes for the 10,000 RPM Pulley

If you want to use your 10,000 RPM Pulley with our Sherline/MASSO CNC controller and optical encoder, you will need to add the special tach washer (P/N 87809). This aluminum washer is the same diameter as the tach spindle pulley RPM sticker (P/N 68060) and is used to mount the sticker for use with the MASSO optical encoder.

MASSO NOTE-RPM: If you are using the 10,000 RPM pulley with the MASSO controller and optical encoder, the maximum “programmable RPM” may be limited to 8,000 or 9,000 RPM.

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12070 9/64” Hex key
20970 (2) 8-32 x 1/2” SHC Srew
31080 10-32 x 3/8” Flat point set screw
40690 (2_ 10-32 x 3/4” SHC Srew
43365 Outer standoff half
43366 Inner standoff half
43367 10,000 RPM Spindle pulley
43368 10,000 RPM Motor pulley
40600 10-32 x 1/4” cup point set screw