When I got the Chipmaster, John S. very kindly helped me out with a VFD, motor and two step pulley, because the mechanical variator was FUBARed.
I had forgotten about the two step pulley, leaving it on the "slow" setting. I'd spun it up to its "fastest" setting and thought "Strewth!".
I've never really worried about spindle speed up to now, I just set it for a job by running it too fast, then backing off a bit... ;^)
Well, tonight I put a tacho on the thing. It seems the speed that mildly scared me was 1421 RPM. And this thing's rated to 3000... =8^0
Some experimentation (and pulley changing!) may be called for, just for the hell of it.
Mind, it's nice to be able to go from 27 to 1421 RPM without messing about with belts.