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Forum topic by AbranV posted 327 days ago 417 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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AbranV

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327 days ago

Topic tags/keywords: band saw motor packard

Jocks,

I recently bought a Sterling Packard Precision band saw off of Craigslist. Its in great condition and has a 3/⁴ HP motor.
This is my first band saw so I don’t have much knowledge on how they run, but it seems that its a little under powered for a 3/4 horse.

My question for you…let’s say I buy a beat up table saw with a 1hp motor, how difficult is it to swap them out?

Thanks
Abran

-- I'd rather be making sawdust.....


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#1 posted 327 days ago

Most likely they are not the same RPM. The table saw will most likely be 3500 and the bandsaw will most likely be 1700. So you would also need change pulley size to get the BS running slow enough. And the 1/4HP jump might not really buy you that much more umph, but that really depends on the motors themselves. Example being, I have a 1/3HP on a 1940’s Delta BS and it does most that I throw at it. I’d use it AS IS currently and see if you really need the extra HP. If you do, then you might hold out for a 1.5 HP.

-- I came - I sawed - I over-built

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#2 posted 327 days ago

Oh sorry and the answer to “How hard”? Not hard if they are both running 110 and have a similar size and frame (bolt pattern) and even that stuff can often be made to work. It would require unbolting them, getting the right pulley size, then the right sized belt or shimming the motor correctly to use the current belt, and bolting it back down.

-- I came - I sawed - I over-built

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#3 posted 327 days ago

FWIW, noted furniture craftsman and band saw expert micheal, whi has very expensive BSs in hi shop, uses a 3/4hp ridgid 1400 as his “go to” BS. Fortune feels 3/4 hp is fine for almost all hobbyists. remember to choose the proper blade to the task at hand. BSs are incredibly dependent on their blades for proper performance.

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

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#4 posted 327 days ago

Thanks for the help. My question was more out of curiosity than anything else. From what I’ve been reading 3/4 HP is more than enough. Like I said before, I’m a rookie when it comes to the band saw.

While we’re here…..anybody ever hear of Sterling Packard?

There is nothing online, or at least that I could come across. Thanks again for your advice.

-- I'd rather be making sawdust.....

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