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Forum topic by ken_c posted 01-24-2010 07:13 AM 1200 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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ken_c

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01-24-2010 07:13 AM

has any body done a GI motor (Taiwan made) to Baldor motor conversion?


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#1 posted 01-24-2010 09:27 AM

NO, but Baldor has been around a long time and has a good reputation.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#2 posted 01-24-2010 11:57 AM

I haven’t done that swap either but thought I’d read that the General line made in Canada uses Baldor motors. Very well regarded motors, and as long as the size and motor specs are compatible, it should be a good move.

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#3 posted 01-24-2010 02:00 PM

Baldor is a very good motor. As long as the size, etc matches, I would do it. You may even be able to up the HP some as long as you have space for it and the footprint for mounting is the same.

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#4 posted 01-24-2010 03:21 PM

My Table saw is a GI and the motor went on it. It was under warrenty they sent me a Baldor replacement.

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#5 posted 01-24-2010 03:31 PM

A/C induction motors are standardized by NEMA. Therefore, within a given HP, speed, and frame size, motors from different manufacturers are interchangeable. This standardization also applies to torque curves, and full load amps as well.

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#6 posted 01-24-2010 04:47 PM

No reason to swap out unless the GI motor fails, if I had to do a replacement the Baldor would be preferred but I’m guessing it would cost a lot more. In that case, stick with the GI OEM.

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#7 posted 01-25-2010 12:17 AM

8iowa, do all the foriegn motors meet NEMA requirements?

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#8 posted 01-25-2010 04:58 AM

the mount on the baldor does not match the mount on the general international mount. the baldor mounts are narrower than the GI mounts. My motor is going and I have already priced out a replacement Taiwan one and a baldor. They are about the same but the baldor wont fit without modification to the mounts. i.e. cut them off and the weld them back on – not a good idea on a brand new motor. Hench – I was wondering if anyone had done such a modification or found a way to do it without cutting and welding – guess not…

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#9 posted 01-25-2010 05:19 AM

If you take you old motor to Grainger, they should be able to find one with the same mount for you.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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