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Forum topic by igo2xses posted 02-01-2018 02:28 PM 774 views 0 times favorited 11 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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igo2xses

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02-01-2018 02:28 PM

I obtained a steel city 18” band saw recently with no motor run capacitor in it. Can some one tell me the specs for it? It’s a model # 50250 2 hp, 240vac ,10.8 amp, 60 hz ph 1, 1720 rpm.

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#1 posted 02-01-2018 03:01 PM

It “should” be on the motor tag somewhere. Can you take a picture of the motor info plate if it is still there?

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#2 posted 02-01-2018 05:40 PM

Just an observation:
Manual on that band saw does not call any motor capacitors in part list, but motor images show both a start and run capacitor mounted directly on motor. Manual covers several models, so hard to guess what you need.

Also: When capacitors are directly mounted on motor, typically only source of replacement part information is on motor tag, on actual part under the protective cover, or from mfg. Suggest to contact Steel City Tool Works directly if the motor labels do not show capacitor values.

Best Luck.

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igo2xses

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#3 posted 02-02-2018 02:48 PM

After more extensive research, Steel City is alive and well in Canada. The website is www.steelcitymachines.ca if you need parts.

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#4 posted 02-02-2018 03:59 PM

If you can’t find the exact info try a 70 MFD 250V run cap. That is a common run cap for 2HP 240V motors.

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#5 posted 02-02-2018 04:16 PM

Don’t think most nameplates have cap values or I’ve jist never noticed. I’d look up motor brand and model. I’m sure it’ll work short term with a 70mfd cap but some motors are finicky and need higher or lower.

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#6 posted 02-02-2018 04:53 PM

I have replaced capacitors on a couple of motors. Just take the info from your motor label and call up DigiKey (https://www.digikey.com) on the phone and ask to speak to a technician. He should be able to tell you what you require and sell it to you.

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igo2xses

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#7 posted 02-02-2018 06:08 PM

Thanks for the input. The digikey site could be very handy

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WhyMe

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#8 posted 02-02-2018 09:04 PM

I thought Digikey was for electronics and small control motor stuff, not parts for 2hp motors and such.

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#9 posted 02-02-2018 09:41 PM

Digikey sells everything to do with electric motors, circuits, and such. They’ll have what you need for sure.

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#10 posted 02-02-2018 09:45 PM

mcmaster.com also sells motor start and run capacitors.

Ebay is another great place.

Keep in mind the voltage needs to be correct (or higher), but the capacitance can be anything within a range. A lower capacitance value might mean a sluggish start, and too high will be a really hard, jerky start.

Most capacitors have a pretty loose tolerance too, like +/-20%.

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Planeman40

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#11 posted 02-03-2018 02:26 AM

The nice thing about DigiKey is you have access to knowledgeable technicians who can assure that you get the correct part. No guessing.

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