Mine worked fine, it just didn't last as long as I felt it should and was too expensive to fix. It may be possible to wire around the speed control. I know it was suggested. I just can't remember if anyone reported doing it. I think Paul is correct about it being made by Fellisati.
Someone I consider a master woodworker once told me that a master woodworker is not someone who never makes mistakes. He is someone who is able to cover them up so that no one can tell.