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Forum topic by Tufflab posted 08-14-2019 12:27 PM 280 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-14-2019 12:27 PM

I have an old walker turner 10” belt drive cabinet style tablesaw, but the original motor has been replaced with a 1hp motor which is too small for most 2x ripping. It has been a great saw and I am keeping it in the family as it was my dad’s and brother’s, both deceased.
Should I replace the motor with more hp or buy a new hybrid.
Can’t afford a cabinet saw, but am looking at a shop fox 1837 w or a grizzly 1771z. Any advice is appreciated.

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#1 posted 08-14-2019 01:22 PM

If you can get a larger motor to fit the saw, go for it. Maybe 2 or 3 HP. What was originally on the saw? (My uncle tossed my grandfather’s saw without asking if I wanted it.)

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#2 posted 08-14-2019 03:34 PM

Hmm, I have a 1940 Unisaw with a 3/4 HP bullet motor and I don’t have any issues ripping 2x material, even hardwood. On the other hand I have a HF 14” band saw with a 1 HP Taiwan motor in it and I can easily stall that motor. Make your own conclusions from that little bit of info. If by chance you have the original motor, I would rebuild that and put it back in.

-- Daniel

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#3 posted 08-14-2019 04:29 PM

Walker Turner made some really great machines, and in their early stages, some dinky ones. If you could give us more information like the year an serial number we could we more helpful. If it is anything like this one I would say replace the motor. I have a 14 in. W/T cast iron bandsaw from the 1940s and I wouldn’t have anything else!

-- Always remember: It is a mathematical certainty that half the people in this country are below average in intelligence!

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#4 posted 08-14-2019 11:25 PM

If the condition of the rest of your saw is good, I would replace the motor with one of the appropriate hp rating. Those old Walker Turner motors were under rated. The frame size does not match up with todays motors. You should look around for an expert to advise you. The WT cabinet saws I have seen are worth restoring. Good Luck and send us a pic of the finished product.

-- Mike, Massachusetts

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#5 posted 08-14-2019 11:48 PM

I don’t know what size motor was on the saw originally or what happened to it. I will try to send pictures tomorrow along with the serial number and model.
Thanks for all the information guys. I’m going to lol for a another motor.

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#6 posted 08-15-2019 12:10 AM

Just called friend of mine who has a 1946 Walker Turner 10” and it has a 1 HP motor all original, he has no problems

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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