|Forum topic by Cosmicsniper||posted 625 days ago||1590 views||0 times favorited||7 replies|
625 days ago
The recent postings about home-made bandsaws made me look more closely at Matthias’ site and videos, so I have purchased those plans and will probably give it a go!
I will probably opt for a 3hp 220v motor. Matthias told me via email that he thinks 2hp is enough, but the design should be fine with 3hp. I want the extra power for resawing and I do not want to dedicate another 110v line solely for the bandsaw.
I’ve been looking on eBay and Craigslist for the typical GE, Baldur, and Leeson motors, but have also seen motors like Marathon Electric (Tractor Supply Co.) and Smith & Jones (Harbor Freight). I’m inclined to do something super reliable, like the Baldors and Leesons, but the temptation is great for cheap.
I’m particularly wondering about your opinions about the type of motor required. Compressor duty or farm-rated? 1750 rpm geared at 1:1 or 3400 rpm reduced 1:2? Any concerns that YOU would have that I am overlooking?
-- jay, www.allaboutastro.com