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Forum topic by TheChucker posted 01-07-2011 06:41 PM 26706 views 0 times favorited 15 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-07-2011 06:41 PM

I’m looking to upgrade the motor on my 14” Delta Bandsaw. I saw this motor for sale at Harbor Freight online now for $100. It’s a 1 1/2 hp and should defintely give a boost from the stock 3/4 hp motor.

I don’t know much about electric motors, or if this one will work for this application. It is a Harbor Freight motor, so I am taking that into consideration too. Anyone upgraded a bandsaw motor know if this would work? Thanks.

-- Wherever you go, there you are.

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#1 posted 01-07-2011 07:18 PM

Sometimes, when you increase horsepower you worry about the drive train being able to handle the extra torque. However, the “drive train” of a bandsaw is a belt. I expect you will have no problems. The worst case scenario is that you need to buy a stronger belt.

Of course, the other issue is mounting the new motor. That may take some creative engineering.

If you are doing any resawing or big band saw boxes, you want all the power you can get and this motor will help a lot. If you are just working with flat wood, why bother?

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#2 posted 01-08-2011 10:56 AM

I just up graded the motor on my 14 inch 1972 Rockwell. I found a 2 hp at a yard sale for $25, 1725 rpm and like Rich said, it takes a bit of rework to get-r-dun. Just did some resawing today as a matter of fact and it works much better than the 1/2 hp stock. And add a wood slicer blade as well.
Personally, I would not get the HF motor. You can find Baldor and Dayton motors for pennies on the dollar. The most important thing is the rpm, stay at 1725.

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Bill White

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#3 posted 01-08-2011 06:29 PM

PLEASE don’t put a crap motor on your BS. Do you have an elec. motor shop in your area? If so, check with them for a good motor.

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#4 posted 01-08-2011 06:45 PM

Thanks for the input. Sounds like the motor upgrade is a good idea, but stay away from the Harbor Freight junk. I’ve gotten into some more resawing last summer, and I just don’t have the power with the stock motor. I think I’ll just scour through Craigslist and see if something pops up.

-- Wherever you go, there you are.

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#5 posted 01-08-2011 06:53 PM

Harbor freight is not necessarily junk, I would buy a motor from HF.
With may be two exceptions I always had excellent luck with HF

-- Bert

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#6 posted 01-08-2011 08:23 PM

The HF motor is made by Marathon Electric, which has been around
for a long time (if it’s the same company) and makes good motors. I’ve
had a couple Marathon motors and they worked fine.

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#7 posted 01-08-2011 11:24 PM

I have a 14” Delta Bandsaw (‘42 model). For some reason my dad put a Harbor freight motor on it…..been working great for years now.

My dad usually bought good stuff, wish he were still around to ask him what he was thinking : )

-- JB

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#8 posted 01-09-2011 01:12 AM

The Harbor Freight motor runs at 1800 RPM’s, you think the additional 75 RPM’s would cause a problem in compatibility?

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#9 posted 01-09-2011 02:44 AM

Sorry I don’t have anything to contribute at this moment, but I have just started contemplating the same question since I recently added a riser block kit tomy Delta 14-inch BS. So, anyone with good information will be helping several fellow LJs at once.

Thanks for posing the question.

If I discover any helpful information,I’ll make sure to add it here

-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."

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#10 posted 01-09-2011 03:56 PM

The Iturra Design people have an article, “Supercharging your 14” Delta”, in their 2010 Catalog that addresses blade speed. If you have a bi-metal or carbide tipped blade, good tires(like their polyurethane ones), at least 1 1/2hp and use you BS for re-sawing they have “high Speed” pulley sets to increase blade speed from 3000SFPM to 4000SFPM (surface feet per minute). That’s a 33% increase in blade speed and they refer to it as “living on the wild side”. 75rpm would only be a 4-5% increase. If you choose the HF motor, see if they have an extended warranty for it. -Jack

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#11 posted 01-11-2011 02:43 AM

There is no indication as to rotation direction. Something that you need to know. For your BS you need a CCW rotation. The mounting frame is different, not a major problem. Also the shaft diameter is probablly larger than your present motor so a new pulley would be required.

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#12 posted 01-11-2011 04:57 AM

check which nema mount is on your saw. you may not want that motor most tool motors are nema 56. Baldor is a good brand, grizzly sells their own. 175 or so priced.

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#13 posted 01-11-2011 05:08 AM

As someone else said, that appears to be a Marathon brand motor, which is not just some random HF generic brand.

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#14 posted 08-06-2014 03:16 AM

You have to match the RPMs so the 1.5 HP is too fast but the 2hp is great mine cuts through anything it’s a little work but worth it, I bought mine on Craigs list from a gut who was storing it probably sincs it was built 1972 Made in the USA. Bought a riser but doubt I will get around to that and I have a bunch of nice 93.5 inch blades already I paid $175.00 and it’s showroom cool the guy put a light on it and it helps it came wit some blades a new blade slices and dices just bought some cool blocks and plan on making a sleeper bench for the gazebo with the wood of some nice hard rock maple.

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#15 posted 08-06-2014 11:40 AM
I have used this web site for motors in the past with no trouble.

-- Turning fine wood into sawdust !

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