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Forum topic by americanwoodworker posted 06-03-2012 09:53 PM 773 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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americanwoodworker

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06-03-2012 09:53 PM

I have 3 motors that are used for blowers for those giant blow up toys. There are no specs on them such as speed or horsepower. Only thing I can find is that two of them are 5.5 amp and one that is 3 amp. I am guessing there is virtually no horsepower. Just enough to run an 10” impeller.

I thought about using them for some sort of dust collection but I cant get much suction from the impeller design. Then I thought about a sharpening system but they turn way to fast.

So does anyone have any ideas as to what I could use these for in the woodworking realm?

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knotscott

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#1 posted 06-03-2012 09:57 PM

You could gear it down for a sharpener. You might be able to use one for a small DP or maybe a small compressor. You’d need at least twice that amperage for DC, jointer, TS, etc.

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#2 posted 06-03-2012 09:58 PM

5.5A @ 120V is about 7/8 HP.

You can slow a motor with pulleys and shafts, or if they are universal motors a rheostat.

There are a lot of uses for them, considering what you may not have considered yet.

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americanwoodworker

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#3 posted 06-03-2012 10:20 PM

Well I do not believe I can use a rheostat on this one. This 5.5 one I have is a capacitor start which I believe cannot be slowed down without burning up. But I am by far an expert in this area. If I can plug it in without getting shocked, then I will call that an educated guess…lol!

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#4 posted 06-03-2012 10:29 PM

Then use a series of pulleys and belts to get it to the speed and/or power you want.

In the US, 1725 and 3450 rpm are going to be the standard.

Everything, (mostly) is adapted from those ratings.

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#5 posted 06-03-2012 10:37 PM

A very small lathe is all I can think of.

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#6 posted 06-03-2012 11:53 PM

If you still have the blower for it you could make an air filter for the shop

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