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Lee Barker

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#1 posted 10-28-2010 05:50 AM

This is a good question. The key issue is mounting the motor, provided the hp and the rpms are right. Oh, and there’s rotation too, though on many motors that can be changed.

The only easy application for a mountable electric motor is as a grinder. You can buy an arbor that attaches to the flatted shaft with set screws. Putting on three wire brushes on an arbor like this makes a nice rust-remover, burnisher, thread cleaning machine.

Most of the motors you’re describing are too puny for the shop. 1/2 hp would be the minimum for the grinder/wire brush application.

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