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#1 posted 07-12-2012 06:56 PM

Upgrading your 3/4hp induction motor to a 1HP induction motor could do a great deal in improving your band speed. But it is different when you talk about cutting materials. Yes, you increase the maximum speed of your saw because of upgrading. But cutting needs to follow a feed and speed relationship. There should be a compatible speed to a feed rate in such material type. If your older motor can handle that speed, there is no difference when it is upgraded because it is runs the same exact speed rate. For example, (feed rate held constant) if a certain type of wood needs 175 sfpm to obtain superior cuts, running such speed in different motors is still the same. 175sfpm performed by a 3/4hp motor is exactly the same as 175sfpm done by a 1hp motor. The good thing there is that your saw is now capable of cutting another type of wood that needs higher band speed.

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