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Forum topic by Ehren posted 04-04-2013 06:22 PM 1691 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-04-2013 06:22 PM

Topic tags/keywords: motor band saw used grizzly craftsman

I have been doing some reading and asking around but it was suggested I pose this question in a forum.

I have a 18” Craftsman Pro band saw, 11” resaw, (I know it’s not the greatest, got it cheap and used a while back). I’ve upgraded the guides fence and blades. A while back the motor burned out (it was a 2hp peak 1hp running motor). It would cost me $250 to put a 2 or 3hp motor in it, this includes the switch and wiring. However, Grizzly is now offering their G0513 for $800, and it looks as if my upgrades and blades will all transfer. Wondering if there is any sage advice, new motor or sell the old one to help pay for a new one. I do a lot of heavy band saw work.
thanks for your time.

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#1 posted 04-04-2013 06:47 PM

What is wrong with the motor on the Craftsman? Maybe just a bad capacitor or carbon buildup on a centrifugal switch and easy to fix. What model #? Is it the wood/metal version? I’d personally open up the motor and try to fix it first. If that isn’t possible, then I’d go for a new motor.. and there should be no need for a new switch or wiring?!? If you do go the new saw route, don’t figure on being able to move any of your upgrades over.. you may, but chances are that you won’t be able to.. and I don’t think any of your 18” saw blades will work on a 17” one.


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#2 posted 04-04-2013 06:48 PM

*<edited> OOPS! I thought the Sears was an 8”... not 18”. That said, I agree with the other posters, fix it if possible

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#3 posted 04-04-2013 06:50 PM

I’d try and fix the motor. If you have to buy a new motor, surplus center has some good ones cheap. Like MrUnix said, shouldn’t be any need for a new switch or wiring.

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#4 posted 04-04-2013 08:52 PM

Try to save the band saw and look for motor.

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#5 posted 04-04-2013 09:22 PM

Thanks for the advice so far. I’ve looked at the motor, it is dead dead, no fixing. I’ve called around, the best deal on a motor I’ve found is the $200 or 250 for a 2 or 3hp. It would need a new switch because it has a 110V switch and not a 220V that could handle a larger motor. The blade length on the 17” is the same as a my current BS (131). If you know of a cheaper/better place to get a new motor, please let me know.

Here is the current BS:

thanks again for the advice.

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#6 posted 04-04-2013 09:27 PM

I would replace/fix the old motor. You stated 2hp, peak/1hp, running. This doesn’t sound like an induction motor, but a cheap shaded phase motor. Check what the motor amps is. A 1 hp motor should be no less than 10 amps running.

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