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Blog entry by Patrick Irvin posted 10-03-2010 03:33 PM 10802 reads 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have a ridgid 14” bandsaw I i think it is way underpowered . I’ve seen the blogs one where members have bought new motors and put on the saw . Well I can’t find 1.5 hp motor for less that hundred . Don’t nreallyu have the money for that ,but What i can fvind is table saws all over craigslist for$40-$50 . Can i take the motor out of their and put on my saw . Or are the rpms going to be to high .

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#1 posted 10-03-2010 04:31 PM

Table saw motors generally run at 3450 RPM.
Band saws motors run at 1725 RPM.
There is a plate on each motor telling you RPM,
You do not want your band saw running to fast.

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#2 posted 10-03-2010 04:32 PM

Hi Patrick, what is the horsepower and why do you say it is underpowered? What exactly are you trying to cut with it? Are you using the factory blade?

You’d be surprised at the difference a high quality blade will make. Highlandwoodworking’s Woodslicer or Timberwolf blades are great, but I put my money on the Woodslicer after using both.

Welcome to LJ’s by the way.

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#3 posted 10-03-2010 04:53 PM

i’m with eric on this
try a better blade first
those factory blades
are made from old beer cans lol

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#4 posted 10-03-2010 05:17 PM

Proper tensioning and a really sharp blade of proper width and tooth count/rake is more important than 1/2 or so additional HP. A 3/4 to 1hp motor on a 14” bandsaw is sufficient power for most any applications the machine was designed for.

A 14” bandsaw is not designd for production resawing, it is designed for cutting curves. While used with success in small cabinet shops, it is nowadays a hobby tool marketed to the garage woodworker.

-- Better woodworking through old hand tools.

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#5 posted 10-03-2010 05:20 PM

Another thing to consider is that sometimes machines and their parts are designed to work together, putting a motor with more torque and HP COULD mean that the bearings/pulleys/chassis of the machine MAY not be able to withstand that extra stress and other parts may fail.

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#6 posted 10-03-2010 05:36 PM

I found a 1750 hp 1 1/2 motor on clist that I put in my 14” rigid bs. It was necessary after I added a riser block kit from grizzly because the feed rate was excruciatingly slow with the 3/4 motor.

-- Julian, Park Forest, IL

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#7 posted 10-03-2010 06:15 PM

thanks for all your input . Eric I want to do some resawing with and I plan on getting a riser block for it . The 3/4 hp motor wouldn’t cut some 4 inch thich walnut limbs i’ve been drying . I put an olson blade on it and it helped alitle but not much .

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#8 posted 10-03-2010 08:03 PM

Most table saw motors have a bottom mount, while your bandsaw probably has an end mount. Your motor
should have a frame number or type on it if you are lucky. I notice that a lot of the manufacturers have
eliminated that. My Shop Fox has a 6 in riser block and a 1 HP motor. It does have a two speed pulley setup
on it and on the larger stuff, I have to use the lower RPM. You could adapt a different motor to it with a
jackshaft and/or an adapter plate, but it would be a bit of work. Good luck and have fun making sawdust.

-- As ever, Gus-the 79 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#9 posted 10-03-2010 08:29 PM

Make sure the motors max rpm’s is 1750. If you go over that your saw will walk across the floor. You can use a side mount motor that is bigger. I put a lesson 2 hp on my re saw.

-- Have a great day.

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#10 posted 10-03-2010 08:50 PM

If you get a higher RPM motor, you can always get a set of reduction pulleys to bring it back to a reasonable rate, and that might solve the mounting problems too, as the motor wouldn’t need to be mounted in the saw this way, but beside or beneath it. A 2 to 1 ratio pair of pulleys on an arbor aligned with the drive pulley would work fine.

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#11 posted 10-05-2010 02:12 AM

I dont know the configuration on your saw but I would advise caution, I did a sort of upgrade to a Craftsman contractors style saw with a 2 hp motor. The motor I replaced the original with is a larger motor and doesnt have the same balance as the original factory motor. Ever since the replacement, I have had trouble keeping the trunion aligned. just a thought

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