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Forum topic by Hermando posted 06-19-2013 07:12 PM 1496 views 1 time favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-19-2013 07:12 PM

Hello Jocks,
I am looking for some advice on upgrading the the 3/4hp induction motor on my 14” Ridgid band saw. The current motor is 3/4 hp and was wondering if there is an advantage to using a 1 1/2 induction belt drive motor. Is it possible that this would be a clean swap or is this overkill.

Thanks, H.

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#1 posted 06-19-2013 08:01 PM

only if the power is really needed. whatever your intentions are, try a better/different blade first. much less expensive and less risky than a motor swap out.

-- there's a solution to every just have to be willing to find it.

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#2 posted 06-19-2013 08:15 PM

I have the same machine.As long as the mounting plates and pulley shafts are the same size, it should be an easy swap.
I’m not sure what you’ll accomplish with a 1.5hp motor though. Heavy duty resawing of extremely thick hardwoods might call for a motor that size. I doubt you’ll benefit much with a 14” bandsaw with a 6” throat.
I’d stick with the .75hp. If you really think you need a machine that can resaw 10” hardwoods, you might consider upgrading to a 17-18” machine that is designed for such tasks.

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#3 posted 06-19-2013 08:20 PM

I guess its the thought of putting a V8 into a pinto so you could get more power, but its still a pinto underneath. You are right the saw does have it limitations and maybe a better investment would be to sell this one and get a bigger better saw designed for resawing and having better precision.

If only money grew on trees and then wood working would not cost so much.

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#4 posted 06-19-2013 08:26 PM

I always hated my Ridgid 14” bandsaw, that is until I installed a 3/4” timberwolf blade and now it’s pretty good for resawing (as long as the wood fits). Also, I haven’t had any issues with the motor HP.

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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#5 posted 06-19-2013 08:37 PM

The advice is certainly appreciated, I may keep my original set up. I was curious what others might have done or suggest. I came across a decent 1 1/2 induction motor for 40$ and thought it would be a good upgrade. I might just keep as a spare or resell.. Unless there are some other ideas it could be used for. I thought also maybe getting a vintage TS cheap and restoring with a good motor.

I guess as much as I do enjoy wood working the tools we use are just as much a part of it all.

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#6 posted 06-20-2013 01:19 AM

Hey, what’s the worst that can happen? Snap a shaft off? You already have the motor so give it a try. I have a 1HP Shop Fox 14” BS and wish it had a little more grunt for resawing. With your Ridgid, I believe a weak area is the the motor mounting so make sure that’s reinforced well.

I have a generic floor standing drill press that had a 1/3 hp motor. It was pretty weak for big Forstner bits so when I came across a nice 3/4 hp Baldor for a good price I did a motor swap. I’ve been happy as a clam with my DP ever since.


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