Older Ridgid BS1400 band saw motor.

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Forum topic by TelescopeMaker posted 02-17-2010 09:28 PM 1318 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-17-2010 09:28 PM

Topic tags/keywords: question bandsaw custom modification

Can anyone chime in on whether or not you can swap out the 3/4 hp motor for a 1 or 1.5 hp motor to the Ridgid BS1400 (the old tan colored one, not the new orange one)?

If you are familiar with this machine, the motor is mounted behind the saw rather than below the saw. The makes the whole machine stick out into my small 11’ x 19’ beginner’s shed/shop.

Has anyone tried mounting the motor below the saw on a smaller stand instead of behind the saw in order to get the whole machine closer to the wall? (I’ve got limited space in my shed). Was it stable? Did it cause vibration or take it away?

-- Telescope Maker, Woodworker, Brewer, Gizmologist, Gardner, Lawn Mower

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#1 posted 02-18-2010 01:17 AM

I have a newer rigid bs and the motor is in the rear, not underneath. I swapped the original 3/4 hp motor for a 1.5 hp motor and also solid mounted it to a 3/4 piece of plywood that is bolted to the base for added stability. I would assume that it would be easy to fabricate a new mount under the saw and bolt the motor to it. I would also suggest replacing the belt with a link belt to decrease vibration.

-- Julian, Park Forest, IL

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#2 posted 02-18-2010 04:54 AM

Yes, you can do just about any modification along those lines. You can see what I did to my bandsaw in the 4th and 5th pics of my workshop. If you want more pics, let me know and I will turn the saw around for you.

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