Retrofitting a G0555 with a 1.5hp motor

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Forum topic by jetguy19 posted 02-24-2013 10:26 AM 1393 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-24-2013 10:26 AM

Hey gents,

I’ve been following alot of various posts on this site for quite a while now and I figured I’d finally join. For my first thread I pose a little thought experiment. I hear alot of good things about the G0555 bandsaw, and even better things about the G0555LX with its cast iron wheels, and even better things still about the G0555X with its 1.5hp motor. The only downside to the X compared with the original 555 is the price, at $280 more.

If the only major differences are the price and the motor, what stops people from buying the G0555, and then just buying a 1.5hp induction motor from the internet and retrofitting it in? I found several 1.5hp motors with 1800rpm output, keyed shafts for $160. It seems to me that upgrading the motor and selling the original would be a quick way to get the power of the 555X with the price of the 0555. Even better still, the 555LX has the same iron wheels as the more powerfull and expensive X, plus a rack-and-pinion adjustment for the guide post as well as a T-shape fence, and it’s still the same price as the G0555. I say that would be the one to modify…

Am I missing something?

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#1 posted 02-26-2013 05:11 AM


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#2 posted 02-26-2013 07:09 AM

I doubt anything is stopping people but there are quite a few more features on the X model than just an extra 1/2hp.

-- Rick M,

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#3 posted 02-26-2013 12:16 PM

JG, I have the G0555P which has the 1 HP, I’m sure you have your reasons for larger motor but just thought I’d give some insight on mine, the single HP has done everything I’ve wanted it to do which entails resawing logs up to 12” wide (riser kit) though I’m using a 1/2” blade which does just fine, I’ve never felt a need for more HP.

As for as your question goes, I see no reason you can’t do a swap, but you might want to keep the original just in case there’s a warranty conflict.

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#4 posted 02-26-2013 02:54 PM

Would a larger motor put more strain / stress on other parts of the saw (i.e. the bearings)?

For the cost differential, I would buy the better saw and know that everything was designed to work together.

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#5 posted 02-26-2013 05:03 PM

I can’t think of any reason you couldn’t upgrade the motor. But unless you’re constantly resawing green telephone poles, why would you want to?

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#6 posted 02-26-2013 05:10 PM

Have you checked the price of a 1740 rpm 1.5 hp motor?

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