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Forum topic by Darell posted 05-01-2009 01:16 AM 1129 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-01-2009 01:16 AM

I have 4 electric motors that my dad gave me years ago. They’ve been stored in the attic for several years but they do run. I’m planning to list them on Craigslist but have no idea what to ask for electric motors. They need cleaned up and lubricated. One is a Marathon Electric 1/2 hp, 1725 rpm, looks like it can be either 115v or 230v 1 phase. Another is an Emerson Electric 1/6 hp, 1725 rpm, another is a GE 1/2 hp 1625 rpm. Believe it is an old washing machine motor. The fourth has no tag so I don’t know what it is. Anybody have any ideas what these would be worth. Maybe scrap them for the copper? Hate to scrap good motors though.

-- Darell, Norman, Ok.

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#1 posted 05-01-2009 02:04 AM

maybe $5.00 If you had to buy a new 1/2HP it would probably cost $100.00, but used value is not too high. Especailly if you have to ship them.

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#2 posted 05-01-2009 05:00 AM

Lots of issues can come up trying to use used motors; frame, shaft size, ect. good luck.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#3 posted 05-03-2009 09:33 PM

Specify the NEMA mount ID and the HP on the plate for each, and you’ll get something for them – probably not a lot, but something. I’d start that lot at $20 on ebay for local pickup only.

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#4 posted 05-03-2009 09:42 PM

I would just keep one or two and make a shop filter out of them…maybe a floor model and a hanging one.

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#5 posted 05-04-2009 12:08 AM

I’ve bought some buffing attachments and turned mine into a buffer,helps take away glue stains on chisel and such

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#6 posted 05-04-2009 09:35 AM

Jim, I’ve thought about keeping one just in case an idea came up and the buffer idea sounds like a winner.

Don, I’ve already got a Jet hanging filter and a Delta 50-760. Good thought though. Thanks!

Probably list them on Craigslist this week.

-- Darell, Norman, Ok.

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