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Forum topic by ohtimberwolf posted 12-14-2015 06:20 PM 1390 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-14-2015 06:20 PM

Topic tags/keywords: old motor baldor

If it would help me make my saw more powerful I would like to use it to run my 10” Delta Model 34-444 contractors saw that I bought in Sep of 1997. I can’t make out the horse power. It is currently wired for 120v. 1725 rpm

All info on this will be greatly appreciated. It seem to run just fine though it is old. larry

P.S. It helps to read the plate if you magnify your view.

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#1 posted 12-14-2015 06:23 PM

It wasn’t that hard to find the specs for a Baldor L3603M motor. It has the wrong RPM, it is a discontinued single phase 1 1/2 hp, 1750 RPM, compressor motor. If you have the original Delta 1 1/2 hp motor ( 62-044 ) that came with the saw, and it’s in good condition, stick with the originial motor. The original motor if wired to the correct power source is all that you should need. I’ve owned a Delta 34-444 since 1995. If you feel that it’s under powered then your doing something wrong. I’d like to see a picture of your saw.

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#2 posted 12-14-2015 06:24 PM

Looks like it’s a 1.5 HP motor. What’s the amperage rating?

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#3 posted 12-14-2015 08:08 PM

shampeon, it looks like 19./3?5 it is blurred so i can’t read it very well.

SawSucker: I think I will follow your advice and let well enough alone. My saw was dragging down when I found my loose belt problem and took a link out of it. I haven’t really had a problem with the saw I just thought if it was a more powerful motor I would use it and keep the other for a spare. I have little room to store things like a big motor so it will have to go. Thanks guys….larry

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#4 posted 12-14-2015 08:31 PM

A TEFC (totally enclosed fan cooled) motor would be better than an ODP (open drip proof) motor like most craftsman saws come with for keeping dust out of the motor and increasing the life of the motor. That motor would need a drive sheave of twice the diameter of your current craftsman motor, thus requiring a larger belt size. It would also have the potential to draw more amperage than can be from a 15A receptacle. Baldor typically makes good quality motors, but the bigger factor is what it was subjected to previously that will determine how it will perform in the future.

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#5 posted 12-15-2015 03:25 AM

The original motor for a 34-444 table saw is a 1.5 hp motor when connected for 120 volts, but when you connect this motor for 240 volts it is a 2 hp motor. Delta had the motor specially made this way so it could be used on a 15 amp 120 volt circuit on a job in the field, but could produce the full 2 horsepower when in the shop and connected to a 240 volt circuit. Most motors are designed to produce the same horsepower at either voltage, but not this one.

The Baldor motor in the picture is rated for 1725 rpm and is a 1.5 hp motor. The original motor for the saw is rated for 3450 rpm and when connected to 240 volt power it will produce 2 hp.
You will not be able to use this motor on your saw because it doesn’t turn fast enough. You will be much better off using the original motor wired for and connected to 240 volts, unless there is something wrong with it. If that is the case, get the original motor repaired.


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#6 posted 12-15-2015 03:32 AM

The original motor for a 34-444 table saw is a 1.5 hp motor when connected for 120 volts, but when you connect this motor for 240 volts it is a 2 hp motor.

Not all were that way… there were many that were just normal 1.5hp motors regardless of voltage.

That Baldor is a solid motor… but it is the wrong speed and has a different frame than the one on the saw. It would make a good motor for a band saw though… slap in some new bearings and it should be good for another few decades.


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