Bought a used Craftsman Jointer 351.227240 – Was the motor swapped?

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03-15-2019 07:23 PM

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I just picked up my first jointer second hand. A Craftsman Jointer 351.227240. It looks to be in good shape and just needs some serious cleaning, but good otherwise. After I started cleaning and inspecting the motor I am seeing some things that seem off.

What I see is:

The saw label claims the saw has 2HP (Max developed) – whatever Max developed means. The motor only lists 1HP.

The AMPs in the manual are listed as 10.8 but the motor says 14

The RPM on the motor is listed at 3450, but if I’m not mistaken doesn’t pulley size impact the final RPM. The manual lists it as 5000RPM.

The 2000 manufacture date on the motor seems to align with when the jointer was built.

The motor and jointer were both built in Taiwan, but was is almost everything

The text style on the motor label seems off brand but who knows

Anyone else have one of these jointers? What does your motor label look like? My gut is telling me it’s not the original motor, just want to make sure. It still runs fine either way.

First post, so please forgive any posting errors

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#1 posted 03-15-2019 11:33 PM

Yes, pulley size determines cutter head speed, raised from motor rpm by being smaller on the cutter than motor. Max developed HP was a Sears thing, don’t remember how they came up with it. You have a 1 hp motor. Forget the Max developed hp.

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#2 posted 03-16-2019 12:20 AM

I got a craftsman radial arm saw with 2.5 maximum developed horsepower. Hard to prove claims of hp on electric motors. I know it wants 15 amps at 120 volts or it moans and wont spin up to full speed. It works great if u feed it plenty amps. But i doubt it will put out a full 2.5. My air compressor is 240 volt it needs 15 amps but its only rated 2hp. I got a 3 hp motor but it wants 480 volts. Take hp claims with a grain of salt and dont use extension cords on stationary power tools. Starve them with voltage drop and burn up your motors.

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#3 posted 03-16-2019 01:06 AM

Thanks for the replies. I’m not really concerned with getting the 2hp out of the thing, figured it was marketing jargon anyway as you said. Really trying to determine the quality of the motor.

If it’s the one that came with the saw, I have a reasonable assumption on the quality and setup. If it didn’t, I have no idea what to expect with it, it’s pully setup and the actual cutter head speed – or does this not even really matter?

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#4 posted 03-16-2019 01:06 AM

A motor takes about 3x the running amps to start. If it works, don’t use a cord and enjoy the new toy.

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#5 posted 03-16-2019 01:13 AM

I think it is the original motor. For the cutter speed, faster rpm is more cuts per minute, and a slower feed speed helps more Don’t rush the work through and you will be fine. I had a smaller model than yours and it got me through for many years.

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