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02-16-2015 05:35 AM

Topic tags/keywords: montgomery wards motor vintage wards powr kraft

Picked this up for $2 bucks at a thrift store…I couldn’t resist since it looked so vintage. Does anyone know it’s usage? The arbor isn’t smooth.


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#1 posted 02-16-2015 12:32 PM

The motor has brush caps, so it’s a universal motor of relatively high speed, it looks like there is a specification on the motor data plate than I can’t quite see. The cord looks big, or the motor is small, what are the rough dimensions? It appears to have a pair of mounting bosses on the face plate so it’s likely it was part of a larger machine (maybe a little larger, maybe a lot). The splined shaft could also be a cogged belt drive pulley. Is there any kind of a wear pattern in the middle of the shaft that looks different from the tip and base of the shaft? Is the cord long or short, does it have a plug installed on the end or just cut off? Is there a switch located anywhere on the motor housing? Do you know if it works? Despite the ambiguity of this motor, I would have bought it too for $2, old motors are just cool.

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#2 posted 02-16-2015 02:05 PM

MW’s Power Kraft line of tools was huge over the years – everything from drill presses to outboard motors. They also did some mid sized lathes.
They made some drill presses, very old ones, where the motor was encapsulated in the head, not a belt drive like we see today. It could explain the spline shaft, but that is just a guess. Google the Montgomery Ward Power Kraft name and see how much comes up.

-- Paul, Tennessee, http://www.tsunamiguitars.com

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#3 posted 02-16-2015 06:56 PM

The motor is small but still rated 1.25 hp. Took some more pics of the motor. For its size it’s very heavy and built very rugged.

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#4 posted 02-16-2015 07:31 PM

The F series may be an indicator of Duro Metal Products, who made routers and overarm router shapers for themselves, Rockwell, but mostly Montgomery Wards. They made light industrial and home use woodworking products.
With that RPM being what, 11,000 or 14,000 RPM, good chance that the motor is an early AC/DC powered router/shaper, probably stationary of some type.

-- Paul, Tennessee, http://www.tsunamiguitars.com

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#5 posted 02-16-2015 07:41 PM

An over arm router would be a likely place for this motor to have come from. I have an old Rockwell where the motor can be removed from the top and installed on the bottom to spin a second spindle, each is driven by a lovejoy type flexible shaft coupler. This motor with the interface by way of the two bosses and splined shaft would be a perfect fit on such a router.

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#6 posted 02-16-2015 08:16 PM

It is ac/dc and with such high rpm, how can I utilize it?
I might just put it on ebay after I check that it works and a good cleaning unless I can build another tool with it.

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#7 posted 02-16-2015 08:21 PM

I have seen This type of motor configuration on a Montgomery Wards table saw that used a cog belt directly on the motor shaft to a pulley on the saw arbor. RPM is arguably incorrect for that application here though.

-- Brent

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#8 posted 02-16-2015 10:08 PM

hmm… can’t make out whether it says 11k or 14k, but either way wouldn’t that be too fast for a shaper but pretty darn slow for a router?

-- Lao Ma: You are so full of anger and hatred. Xena: Everybody's gotta be full of something.

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#9 posted 02-16-2015 10:45 PM

Upside is there is more than 2 bucks worth of copper inside if you decide to get rid of it.

-- 'Political correctness is fascism pretending to be manners' ~George Carlin

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#10 posted 02-16-2015 11:04 PM

It’s 11000 rpm…and DrDirt…this will sell easily on ebay if I get rid of it.
I will clean it up and post a video of it running…and clamped down of course :o

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