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Forum topic by Bsmith posted 04-25-2015 06:39 PM 1234 views 0 times favorited 16 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Bsmith

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04-25-2015 06:39 PM

In my neck of the woods on Craigs list there is a 8” Powermatic model 60 Jointer. 1 1/2HP 220 motor, well maintained. He’s asking $500. I don’t have 220 in my garage. At that price point would it be worth it to check into a converter, upgrade to 220v (I would have to hire an electrician) or can you re wire that motor. I ask him about rewiring but he wasn’t familiar with it. Most of my hobby projects are small furniture. I have acquired quite a bit of rough lumber too. Thanks

-- Bryan


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#1 posted 04-25-2015 07:59 PM

You or the owner can take a quick look at the motor nameplate – it will be stamped with two voltages if it is configurable. It will also be stamped with two amperages. One way or the other, you are likely to have to do some electrical. Why? Because of the amperage the motor will require. If it is configurable (and not 3 phase!) at 115v, it might be around 18 – 20 amps, which means, at the very least, you’ll likely need a dedicated circuit. Adding a 115v/230v may not be as difficult or as expensive as you think – check with some of your friends and see what they suggest.

-- Jeff C, Wylie, TX

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#2 posted 04-25-2015 08:20 PM

If in good shape, that is a great price; and, the older PM are made in USA and better than the current models made in the Asian rim. Also, the older PMs used Baldor motors and my bet is that this is 115v/220v with wiring diagram under the motor plate.

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Bsmith

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#3 posted 04-25-2015 11:42 PM

Here’s a picture of the motor plate. The plate on the jointer says made in Taiwan.

-- Bryan

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Rob

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#4 posted 04-26-2015 12:07 AM

I’m pretty sure that means you need to buy it and hold it for me until I can make it to your neck of the woods.

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#5 posted 04-26-2015 12:10 AM

I’ll chime in but take my advice with a grain of salt since I’m no expert.
I’d be encouraged if you’re looking to convert since just below the “son” in Leeson it says “V 115.” Someone smarter than I about that will let you know, but to me it looks convert-able.
I’m a little weirded out by the fact that the badge doesn’t say Powermatic, or Baldor, as mentioned above. Didn’t know machines would come with motors badged differently than the tool, but again I am no expert on that. From a one-second Google it looks like people use Leesons to replace PM motors. Hmm.

-- Bailey F - Eastern Mass.

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#6 posted 04-26-2015 12:11 AM

You can run that on 120v, but you would need a 20 amp circuit (most normal household outlets are 15 amp).

Cheers,
Brad

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#7 posted 04-26-2015 12:15 AM

That motor can be configured to run on 115 (120) V or 208-230 (240) V.

If you configure it to run on 120 V, the circuit / wiring / outlet should be rated for 20 Amps.

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#8 posted 04-26-2015 12:29 AM

Definitely looks like the mother has been replaced. I agree that it can be configured to run on either 115v or 208-230v. I’d still check it out.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#9 posted 04-26-2015 03:33 AM

Great news! I’ll see if it’s still available tomorrow. Thanks for all the input.

-- Bryan

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#10 posted 04-26-2015 05:40 AM

It’ll prob run fine on a 20A, its supposed to be on a 25A or 30A breaker with #10. May have some nuisance tripping off on startup. Rule of thumb: don’t exceed 80% of breakers capacity.

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#11 posted 04-26-2015 11:16 AM

Waiting to hear if you got it!

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#12 posted 04-26-2015 09:46 PM

It’s hard to find 8” jointers for $500 and the motor can probably be switched to 120. Even if it can’t be changed, that’s a low enough price to consider finding a replacement motor or upgrading electrical.

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tech76

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#13 posted 04-27-2015 01:09 AM

I would buy the circuit breakers and run a 220 line out to your garage from your fusebox. You can run the wire, hook up the 220 volt outlet and leave the connection to your fusebox to an electrician Very minimal cost. The motor can probably be rewired under the plate to run on 110 but you would be better off running 220 line.

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Bsmith

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#14 posted 04-27-2015 03:13 PM

I’m second in line if the first sale falls through.

-- Bryan

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Fred Hargis

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#15 posted 04-27-2015 07:56 PM

Got my fingers crossed for you…..

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