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I searched the forum and couldn't find what I was looking for, so if this has been answered before, I apologize.

I have an old Rockwell 46-140. I'd love to be able to swap the current motor with a reversible one. Is this something that's even possible?

The current motor that's on there is a 62-142 (1/2hp).
 

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Some motors can be wired to run in reverse. Normally this would be indicated on the motor or terminal box.

For other readers, this is what calcnerd's lathe looks like.

http://www.woodworkingtalk.com/f12/going-look-lathe-tomorrow-things-look-ask-53882/

Earlier thread about reversing a motor, not yours.

http://www.woodworkingtalk.com/f2/reversible-motor-41308/

Assuming you find a reversible motor, it should not be difficult to mount with your lathe.

If you want the reverse to be a simple switch, you will need to come up with some design or switch and box unless you are able to find a motor with a reversing switch function.

Before you put the lathe into reverse, and are using a scroll chuck, check that you have your chuck locked with a set screw so it does not come off.
 

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