Reeves Vari-Speed transmissions are an ancient, somewhat obsolete yet still very effective speed reducer that is very good at regulating speed.
Page Engineering was the original agent for Reeves Vari-Speed reducers, manufacturing under license in Australia from 1946 to 1960, when the business was sold to Electric Control & Engineering and subsequently to Reliance Automation in 1969. November Drives took over manufacturing in 1996 and now All Torque Transmissions continues the direct lineage, proud to keep the Reeves brand alive in Australia.
Utilising a wood and leather block belt which is resilient enough to absorb overloads and shocks, the Reeves Vari-Speed was without peer for many decades.
As the Australian manufacturer and distributor of Reeves Vari-Speed components, we are still amazed at exactly how many Vari-Speed units are still going strong in the field – sometimes half a century after first being commissioned!
Usually, belt life is over ten years (sometimes over 20), and shafts are all mounted on self-aligning bearings, making them easy to replace.
Reeves Vari-Speed wood block belts are all still available; we have them made to order in the US by the same company who made them originally.