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Forum topic by Furnitude posted 04-06-2015 04:27 PM 2101 views 0 times favorited 10 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-06-2015 04:27 PM

I just removed a leaky garbage disposal. The motor is still fine and I’m wondering if there is anything I could make with it. Seems too strong for a sand flea-type sanding machine but I’ll check it out. Would love to hear other suggestions/ideas.

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#1 posted 04-06-2015 05:07 PM

Assuming that you can remove the “cutter head” and devise a mounting bracket then it would work for any project that required a 1/2 HP motor. Be advised that the motor was designed for short duration use, I doubt that you could get the motor to run for long periods of time without overheating.

-- "I love it when a plan comes together" John "Hannibal" Smith

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#2 posted 04-06-2015 06:37 PM

Do those motors not rely on water going through as a coolant and lubricant? Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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#3 posted 04-06-2015 06:45 PM

I’ve seen them converted to macerates for RVs…

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#4 posted 04-06-2015 06:46 PM

The motors are air cooled. The water is to help the ground up bits pass through the grinding area.

-- Chris K

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#5 posted 04-06-2015 06:51 PM

Good question,

Interesting remarks. Never considered because mine usuallly are dead! LOL!

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#6 posted 04-06-2015 08:19 PM

I’ve always felt like my garbage disposals would die if I ran them for more than a few minutes at a time. Maybe it’s just the racket they make while running.

-- Mike

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#7 posted 04-06-2015 08:28 PM

You guys are talking absolute garbage!

Sorry could not help myself !

I am full of it so I will keep monitoring

-- Regards Rob

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#8 posted 04-06-2015 08:35 PM

Hey I just had a idea or two, could fix some old cutter blades on it and use it as a dowel chamfer tool for making garden stakes !!
Or glue an pencil sharpener on the end, your fingers though and your pencil for that matter!
Oh its too early where is the coffee!!

-- Regards Rob

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#9 posted 04-06-2015 08:37 PM

I suspect the pencil would disappear before the motor had a chance to stop unless you were quick to pull it out or used very little pressure.

-- Mike

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#10 posted 04-07-2015 01:11 AM

I just suggested to my wife that we put on in the tub to make it a combo tub/toilet.

I was joking. But it could work.

-- A severed foot is the ultimate stocking stuffer.

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