Conveyor Motor and Controls for Shop-Made Drum Sander

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Forum topic by woodpick posted 03-18-2011 12:15 AM 5118 views 2 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-18-2011 12:15 AM

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I’m building a shop-drum sander. Does anyone know where to buy a motor/controls for the conveyor belt?

Thanks for your help.

-- Dave, Golf...Woodworking...more Golf,

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#1 posted 03-18-2011 12:24 AM

Try The have a good selection of motor, reversing switches, etc.

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#2 posted 03-22-2011 02:42 AM

I built one using a discarded treadmill works great

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#3 posted 03-24-2011 02:07 AM

Why not keep it simple and just use an AC gear motor from the Surplus Center. I built a DS using item #
5-1183 ($40.) for the transport belt. This motor runs on 115VAC and puts out 57 RPM which is an ideal speed. You don’t need speed controls because the depth of cut is your adjustment variable. Look at my DS in my project list. Works great! Even had a buddy offer to trade his Jet cantilevered model for my 16” shop built. No thank you!
John Z

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#4 posted 03-24-2011 05:21 PM

Thanks for the input on my thickness sander. If you want to take a look at it you can find it at I only have pics, no descriptions yet. I would like to put a speed controller on the conveyor belt thus I’m thinking I need a DC motor. Any input on this? I tried the surplus center for the motor you suggested, johnzo, and they are out of that particular item. Where can I buy a 115v ac to 12 or 24v dc converter and also a speed controller?

-- Dave, Golf...Woodworking...more Golf,

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#5 posted 03-24-2011 05:45 PM

Harbor freight has AC motor speed controllers, usually used for routers, but don’t see why it couldn’t work with any other AC motor. They are about $15, if I recall correctly.

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#6 posted 03-24-2011 06:06 PM

Most single phase motors do not work on a speed control because they have a centrifical switch that operates at a certain RPM to switch from start to run mode. You can however get a 3 phase motor and a VFD inverter to control the speed. You can wire the VFD to produce 3 phase voltage from a single phase source ( 240 volt ) The cost depends on motor size

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#7 posted 05-30-2011 04:22 PM

For a variable speed motor and controls, look for a used treadmill on Craigslist. You should be able to pick one up for about $50 bucks. Make sure everything works and that it comes with all the speed controls.
John Z

-- 70 is the new 50!

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#8 posted 05-30-2011 04:54 PM

Try your local Grill supplier. A Rotissouri motor might do well.

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