Using a speed control on a grinder?

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Forum topic by Bill White posted 07-20-2017 02:46 PM 505 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Bill White

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07-20-2017 02:46 PM

Have a Dayton made Craftsman 7” bench grinder. 3450 rpm., 4.4 amp, 110 volts. Induction motor of course.
Would a fan speed control or light dimmer work to slow the speed without harming the motor?

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#1 posted 07-20-2017 03:12 PM

It will harm the motor big time but will not lower the speed.

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#2 posted 07-20-2017 03:16 PM

Find a 3-phase bench grinder and use a small VFD to control it’s speed.

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#3 posted 07-20-2017 03:33 PM

Why will it harm the motor? They work on induction motor ceiling fans. Just wantin’ to know.

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#4 posted 07-20-2017 04:11 PM

Ceiling fans have more windings to accommodate speed. Typical induction motors are not capable of multi speed unless listed for that purpose (ex: some furnace fans)

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#5 posted 07-20-2017 04:19 PM

Are you replacing a on/off switch with a variable speed switch or replacing a broken variable speed switch with a cheaper non name brand variable speed switch?
If it is the last one then no it wont hurt it. If its the first then yes it will work but id be afraid to try it on a good grinder just because it wasn’t made for it.

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#6 posted 07-20-2017 04:30 PM

You can’t control the speed of a single phase induction motor. Any speed control has to be built into the motor; no external device. A universal motor (brushes) can be controlled by a variable speed device.

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