Hi everyone, so I got this motor from a friend like 15 years ago, it was adapted to work as an airbrush compressor but it was not used any more.
Now I decided to recycle it and use it to power some diy machines at the tiny shop.
First I got a drill chuck, and a friend with a metal lathe made an adapter for it:
Looking good, but the paint job is lousy …
So I decided to clean the motor and paint it, while sanding it I found a tag with the motor specs. well buried behind some paint layers, that’s how I knew it’s a 1/4HP motor hehee.
And it looks like this is the fourth time this motor is recycled judging by the previous paint layers in it:
Original color: militar green
crappy silver paint job
crappy blue paint job
and finally, red!
Primer layer done:
Now it looks better, but as always, murphy law comes in…
I tested with a drill bit and found out the motor shaft oscillates almost 1mm, not good to be used with the chuck installed in it and doesn’t look like there’s an easy way to replace the bearings, or find new ones anyway.
So, I’ll go with a couple of ball bearing pillow blocks, another shaft and some pulleys to work around this, at least this way I’ll be able to do some more machine adaptations, here are some ideas:
- the original idea, spindle sander, a friend told me it may not be a good idea as the bearings are made for horizontal use, not vertical, any thoughts?
- Small wood lathe, which could have some extra jigs to work as any of the next ideas
- Disc sander
- Horizontal drum sander
- Horizontal drill for mortises
Any extra ideas are welcome!
A little update:
The cover plate for the wire connections was missing so I made one, and replaced both plates screws:
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