I have wanted to build some sturdy outfeed and infeed roller, so I located some free treadmills on Craigslist
and picked them up for the rollers. The first one had a problem that would be expensive to fix, but the
owner informed me that the motor running the treadmill was a $300 motor. I assured him it would not
get thrown away. It is rated at 1.5 hp and for continuous running. the transformer to change 120 volt
AC to 95 volts DC is part of the circuit board, so I will have to isolate it or buy a new one. The second
one was rated at 1.25 hp and has a separate 90 volt dc transformer. The motor on my wood lathe is
rated at 1 hp. I am sure you can see where this is going. I am going to build a DC motor powered
wood lathe with its own variable speed. The motors and transformers were free.
Here is the picture to prove I do have the motors. The one I want to use is the 1.5 hp that I will have
to separate the transformer from the circuit board and rig up a variable speed control for. The second
one had the transformer separate and a potentiometer mounted in the control panel that should be
easy to dismount and use. This second one might become a variable speed disc sander. There is no
RPM stated on either motor, so I am not sure if this will work, but I am retired and out of work since
my boss became a snowbird-he claims it is a shi-bird- and left in his RV for a slow trip to Florida by way
of Seattle and various good seafood restaurants on the coast.
This is one of my winter projects, but since someone else might have used this idea, I thought I
would post this and possibly get some good advice without having to strain my brain cells too much.
Any and all help will be appreciated, since Thanksgiving is only a week off and my memory seems to
have become a snowbird I want to take this opportunity to wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving.
-- As ever, Gus-the 77 yr young apprentice carpenter