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doubleDD

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12-15-2014 04:10 PM

I was wondering if any of you out there have any experience with Harbor freight Smith and Jones elec motors. The motor on my Rockford drill press bought back in 1981 finally decided it was time to quit. The armature inside looks like someone had a campfire to keep warm. I paid $65 dollar back then for it new so don’t’ want to spend a lot to fix it up. Not ready to buy a new drill press so at $99.00 and 20% off I can be back in business again. Any thoughts on these motors will be helpful. Thanks, Dave

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.


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ErikF

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#1 posted 12-15-2014 04:25 PM

I have one that I use for my lathe because I wasn’t able to run the original 3phase motor off the power I have available. The motor runs strong and has never given me any issues. I have run the motor for long period of time with a fairly heavy load. I am running it on a metal cutting lathe and it powers through O1 toolsteel.

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#2 posted 12-15-2014 05:52 PM

I was wondering the same thing DD.
I need to replace the motor on my older Delta full size lathe but the motors are not made anymore and replacements are proving impossible to find.
So, I too, would like to see what other LJ’s think!

-- "They don't want it perfect - they want it SPECIAL"

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hoosier0311

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#3 posted 12-15-2014 05:57 PM

I bought on from HF for my old compressor. 1.5 HP 1750 RPM. this was about 3 years ago and it is still working.

-- atta boy Clarence!

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doubleDD

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#4 posted 12-15-2014 07:14 PM

Thanks for replying guys. I just called HF and they have 3 in stock. I’ve called other places, Grainger for one and they want $154.00. Some other places want $2-300. For that much I would trash it and buy a new one. I have 2 + replies and no negatives. Almost ready to make up my mind. This is the Santa season and I know that I will be using it for some projects.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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macatlin1

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#5 posted 12-15-2014 08:46 PM

Replaced the 200 Lb behemoth 1HP on my 60 year old Craftsman with a 2HP HF motor. Runs strong and no problems in 2 years.

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John

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#6 posted 12-15-2014 09:07 PM

I have never used a HF motor, but I have a couple buddies that swear by them. I don’t think you’ll have a problem.

-- I measured once, cut twice, and its still too short...

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leslie88

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#7 posted 12-15-2014 09:14 PM

I bought a 1.5HP 3500RPM motor from HF for my old craftsman jointer. It works well.

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JHAstrello

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#8 posted 12-15-2014 10:18 PM

Motor’s will typically run for a long time, or crap out quickly. Given the very liberal return policies at HF – might be a good way to go. That, and I am NOT any type of fan of HF, unless it has no moving parts!

-- John in E. Texas

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#9 posted 12-15-2014 10:39 PM

If you are undecided on the HF motor, check out Grizzly. The one in this link (for an example) is on sale. You will pay more but you MAY get a better electric motor. I can’t tell you if they would be any better than HF, just an alternative to research
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http://www.grizzly.com/products/Motor-1-HP-Single-Phase-1725-RPM-Open-110V-220V/G2905
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If you are willing take a chance on HF, I sent you a PM with a 20% coupon code

-- Measure "at least" twice and cut once

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Jim Jakosh

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#10 posted 12-16-2014 12:13 AM

I wish Grizzly had an electronic speed controlled motor to replace the craftsman motor and reeves drive on my lathe.
I usually buy good used motors for single speed stuff.

Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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tomd

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#11 posted 12-16-2014 12:49 AM

I purchased a 2 HP compressor motor from HF 10 years ago and it’s still running good, 6 years ago I also bought a 1 HP from them too and it’s running fine.

-- Tom D

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doubleDD

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#12 posted 12-16-2014 01:02 AM

Kd68 , thanks for sending the coupon. I always save them from the flyers I receive until they expire. Thanks everyone for replying. Looks like no one has anything bad to say so I think I will head over there now and get one. I figure $84.00 with the tax using the HF coupon won’t kill me and like I said, I want to get this back up running quickly.
Jim, can’t help you there with Grizzly motors but somewhere today I saw a craftsman lathe for $50.00. Kind of looked like yours. Craiglist maybe?

Will post later if I get it up and running tonight.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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kdc68

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#13 posted 12-16-2014 01:05 AM



Kd68 , thanks for sending the coupon. I always save them from the flyers I receive until they expire. Thanks everyone for replying. Looks like no one has anything bad to say so I think I will head over there now and get one. I figure $84.00 with the tax using the HF coupon won t kill me and like I said, I want to get this back up running quickly.
Jim, can t help you there with Grizzly motors but somewhere today I saw a craftsman lathe for $50.00. Kind of looked like yours. Craiglist maybe?

Will post later if I get it up and running tonight.

- doubleDD


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Sure thing….good luck getting the DP running again….

-- Measure "at least" twice and cut once

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doubleDD

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#14 posted 12-16-2014 04:18 AM

UPDATE: Picked up the motor, even stopped at ace to get a new belt for it since that was 33 years old too.
The bracket on the new motor missed aligning up by 3/16’’. Got out the grinder and cut the slot just enough to match up. The wiring? My old motor had 2 wires coming from it. This one has 7. Followed their instructions and 10 minutes later, hit the switch.
It runs very smooth, quiet and seems to have a little more power than the old one. (probably cause it was 33 years old?) Anyway back in business, and glad everything worked out. Let’s see how it’s running 6 months from now.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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runswithscissors

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#15 posted 12-16-2014 07:56 AM

My only concern would be that a DP motor is in a vertical orientation, and I don’t know whether that might mean a thrust bearing would be needed. I really don’t know about this, but got to wondering.

-- I admit to being an adrenaline junky; fortunately, I'm very easily frightened

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