Turning Archive 2004

Subject:
A Reeves drive? Not really.

Russ Fairfield
>The problems that Ruth and others are having is that they do not really have a "Reeves Drive". They may look like a Reeves Drive and work like a Reeves Drive, but that is as far as any comparison can be made. It's like our calling all gelatine deserts JellO, but not all gelatine deserts are the "JellO" brand. Or, we call all kitchen refrigerators a "Frigidaire" (at least some of us still do), but not all refrigerators are a "Frigidaire" nameplate on them.

"Reeves" is a brand name for an industrial drive with variable diameter pulleys. These drives will operate for many years with little or no maintenance. However, the cost of such a drive will exceed what we are paying for the lathe whose manufacturer tells us that it uses a Reeves drive. The reality is that the Reeves Drive pattents expired about 50 years ago and there are a lot of look-alikes being used, and that is as far as any comparison can be made with the real thing.

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