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lathe motor options?

I've acquired a free 1941 Delta model 955 9" x 48" in very good condition, but it needs a motor, it came with a 1/3 hp washing machine motor but it is shot. The home made stand is set up for direct belt drive with 4 belt positions on the headstock and 4 on the bad motor pulley.

As a novice to turning and just learning what motors and HP should I consider. Since I have nothing invested so far would it be worth some kind of variable speed motor, or just stick with the 4 pulley positions?

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Stick with the 4 position pulley and find a 1/2 HP motor.
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Ideally I'd look for a 1725rpm 3/4hp motor. YOu can get 1/2hp DC variable speed motor and controller from Penn State Ind but I haven't heard good results from it. Other variable speed motors are quite a bit more expensive. Many people including myself turned for years with step pulleys.
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I found an old motor I had that works and I fit it to the lathe but it turns the wrong direction for the headstock on the left side. This motor is not reversible, but if I stand on the other side of the lathe so my headstock is to the right it rotates correctly. I've done some experimental first turning with some scrap softwood and I don't seem to see the advantage or disadvantage to which side the headstock is but I'm sure there is one.

Every picture and video I've seen the headstock is on the operators left. What are the reasons for a left sided headstock? I was thinking I could start learning with the right end headstock while I score a better, more powerful motor that turns correctly.

Anxious to start turning,
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