I just picked up a 1 1/2 hp 1740 rpm motor from a friend today for $30. It’s a VERY clean old Doerr brand motor made in Cedarburg, Wisconsin. After rewiring it to run in reverse, I installed it into my rigid 14” bandsaw that has a 6” riserblock, and many carter upgrades.
Let me say that the saw is a totally different beast now! With the underpowered stock 3/4 HP motor, a very slow feed rate was needed to resaw tall stock. Now it breezes through 10” rock maple without slowing down at all. I am very pleased with the results, and would suggest this to everyone as one of the most needed upgrades to the typical 14” Chinese made saws. Now if I would have just saved my money before I bought this 14” saw, and just bought a well built 17” saw. Oh well, it works well now, and I am happy with it.
-- Julian, Park Forest, IL