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Forum topic by joebloe posted 875 days ago 1367 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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875 days ago

I keep seeing on some table saw web sites that it has a leeson motor.what’s so great about Leeson?I am just curious.

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#1 posted 875 days ago

I am not an expert on motors, but the Leeson brand is US made, I believe, and are known for their high quality, honest ratings, and durability. They are widely used in industry.

-- Paul, Auburn, WA

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#2 posted 875 days ago

Leeson is ok. Made in China since 2000 is my understanding. The early usa motors rivaled baldor, but they never were or never will be baldor. Cost is comensurate with quality. They are probabley a gnats hair better than some chinese motors but who really knows. (think baldor if its for serious equip.) JB

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#3 posted 874 days ago

My Leeson compressor motor has been crankin’ since 1978 with only a capacitor change. Yep, it is a USA made motor, and I can’t speak to the asian-made new ones. I have also found that asian built tooling will be made to the specs required. Baldor has long been a very well made motor.


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#5 posted 874 days ago

As far as retailers, Leeson motors are made in USA:

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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#6 posted 874 days ago

I believe some Baldor motors are now made in China.

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Fred Hargis

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#7 posted 874 days ago

The 5 year old Leeson on my DC is made-in-USA. I think they are very good motor; huge leg up on most imports. They may not be a Baldor, but in a home shop setting you would be hard pressed to notice the difference.

-- I long for the days when Coke was a cola, and a joint was a bad place to be (Merle Haggard)

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#8 posted 874 days ago

I took delivery of a Clear Vue dust collector yesterday. It has a 5 hp Leeson motor on it. The data plate on this motor state: Made in the USA. Has it changed? Were the parts made in China and assembled in the USA? I don’t know. I just checked the motor and that is what it says on the data plate. I worked in a manufacturing environment for 30 years and I worked many part time jobs while going to college. One of the things I learn while working the college job is that all companies have a specification. We made rubber hoses in that factory. IF the hose had a blemish then it didn’t fit this spec so we buffed the outside and put a different name on it. The wall could be thinner for the second company. It still fit their spec. I think of this often when I see people on this site that say these 3 table saws are all built in the same plant. Are they the same?

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