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#1 posted 04-25-2013 10:09 AM

when you plug it in, it just hums for a bit, and then usually needs a spin to get going.

This is an indication there is something wrong! If it is capacitor start, check the cap and the centrifugal switch to make sure they are operating. If it has a separate start winding, again, check the centrifugal switch. Are you sure that the motor is ever getting up to full running speed?

Motors are very rugged beasts. You probably have not destroyed it yet running it like this but it will die eventually unless you address the starting issue.

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