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Forum topic by ChrisCrafts posted 01-05-2012 03:31 AM 2024 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-05-2012 03:31 AM

Topic tags/keywords: bandsaw

I want to swap out motors on the 20” Delta Bandsaw I just acquired. It currently has a 1.5HP 3 Phase Baldor motor connected to a Leeson VFD. Only problem is, once I set it up with a Static Phase Converter I am going to lose 1/3-1/2 of the HP. It will be much cheaper to swap out motors than to buy a rotary phase converter, I think.

I need a tutorial in motors though. How do I figure out what type motor will work with my Bandsaw. I have no idea how to identify mount size, speed, and shaft size. I mean I am a guy so I am not going to be a good judge of Shaft Size. tee hee

Any pointers or links on motors would be greatly appreciated.



-- Chris, Washington The State!

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#1 posted 01-05-2012 03:46 AM

Any capacitor start motor should work. If you get one that runs
the same speed, you can use the same pulley off the 3 phase motor.

I have a vintage 20” Delta saw which I switched to single phase.
I found a 2HP motor and had the pulley bored out to fit the
shaft on the motor.

I may be confused, but doesn’t a VFD remove the need to use
a phase converter? You may already be good to go on single
phase power.

I wouldn’t worry too much about power loss. The old motors
rated at 1.5 HP were overbuilt with heavier windings by today’s
standards. They had more power.

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#2 posted 01-05-2012 04:00 AM

If you want a good american motor, e-mail leeson or baldor ask them to set you up with a local distributor. from there your local guys will walk you threw what you need. I just did it myself.

You can also call delta and ask them about a replacement single phase motor. ask them what the frame, shaft size, etc.

If your going to run multiple 3 phase machines you might be better off getting a large rotary phase converter.

good luck

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#3 posted 01-05-2012 05:56 AM

When I saw the VFD I was hoping it would work with 1 Phase power as well. But it is 3 Phase in 3 Phase out. I will call Leeson to double check but it says pretty clearly that it’s for 3 Phase.

I bought static convertor that should be here soon. I guess I will see how it goes.

-- Chris, Washington The State!

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#4 posted 01-05-2012 06:21 AM

Hmmmm, maybe I can just swap out the Leeson VFD, that would be the best option.

-- Chris, Washington The State!

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#5 posted 01-05-2012 08:05 AM

A new motor is not a cheap upgrade. That’s why I collect
used motors to keep on hand. In your area there may be
farms selling (what else?) farm duty motors they aren’t using.
These motors work great for woodworking machines.

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#6 posted 01-05-2012 04:24 PM

The main thing is be sure the rpm’s are the same or close. Typically they will be in the 1400 or 3450 range (numbers may be off a little but you get the idea).

The second thing is the bolt hole spacing. This can usually be fixed by re-drilling or making a new mount, but if you don’t want to do that, make sure the bolt holes will fit.

I agree with Loren. I will buy a used piece of crap equipment if the motor works well, just for the motor. You will find you can probably find a used piece of equipment with a good motor cheaper than buying just the motor.

You already know about single versus 3 phase and hp, so that’s about it of what I can think of.

-- - Collecting is an investment in the past, and the future.

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#7 posted 01-06-2012 03:01 AM

Wow! Thanks cr1!!! I am gonna jump all over one of those Surplus Baldor 5HP Single phase motors. I can probably sell the existing motor to pay for part of it. That or I will re-purpose it to refurb a machine off CL. Plenty of bargain machines with seized motors out there.

-- Chris, Washington The State!

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#8 posted 01-06-2012 05:37 AM

You shouldnt need to use the static converter with the VFD. The VFD should convert single to 3 phase for you

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