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#1 posted 10-20-2021 03:24 PM

Not sure a VFD will be an easy implementation?

1) Thought the Baileigh JP-1686 used a 5.5HP (4.1KW) motor? A 3HP 12A may not be enough.

2) Looking at the manual, there is a lot of extra safety switches and controls in that control cabinet as part of the jointer/planer switch over. VFD needs to be hard wired to the motor, and can t have switches that interrupt current flow. Will need to remove the control cabinet wiring, and rewire the setup/safety switches to control the VFD, or the VFD will expel the dreaded magic smoke and stop working.

If you go VFD route, don t rely on catalog VFD ratings. Some 3HP VFD are 10A, while others are 12A. They also have to be de-rated based on ambient temp, and cheapest units have largest de-rating factors, some starting as low as 35°C.

Best Luck.

- CaptainKlutz

Didn’t realize that model had a powered table. Looking at it in more detail I’d agree with your assessment on the difficulty of integrating a vfd. Certainly possible but will require a good bit more work than a rpc.

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