I have been realatively happy with the TS3650 from the durability/accuracy/engineering standpoints but the saw is underpowered for a number of necessary cuts in woodworking. So, I decided to undertake the upgrade of the power system after seeing an article here about a cheap way to do so. Here are my product choices and the final result….
Sorry for the posting delay fellas… Got on my honeydo list!
Now the Motor is a 3hp I bought on ebay in a 56 frame style. It IS an open frame type so dust collection is a real concern to keep from cloging the brushes on the motor but this is highly doable. The starter (shown in these pictures in test wiring mode) is a WEG purchased from the same online vendor. I got the pair for under $300 and the installation and wiring was pretty much a breeze. (don’t forget to pray!)....
I did add a new belt. The stock belt on the 3650 is supposedly 41.7 inches. Mine must have streched because it got to the point that it would slip badly with the blade down under 1 inch. This was unnaceptabel so i found a belt supplier online who sold me a 40 inch (I bought 2 thinking I needed a spare then was worried that they may not fit, but did perfectly) and this belt does the job from 0 to full height. The belts were around $10 each.
Results: In a word… WOW! The difference is amazing. I’m ripping 1 inch red oak and the saw isn’t reacting at all. I even went to a full kurf blade and the motor just plows right through. If you do more than light work with your TS3650 and you really don’t want to spend a bundle on a new saw this is most decidedly the way to go…..
Post Note: I did some dado work with my new Infinity Dadanator (wonderful!) cutting 23/32” by 1/2” deep dados in red oak. The results were spectacular and the saw didn’t flinch or bog in the least. This motor is most decidedly a huge upgrade.
If you want specifics on vendors just drop me a note and I’ll be happy to provide.
-- I'm not crying... That's dust in my eyes!