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Forum topic by Thuzmund posted 02-13-2015 01:56 AM 1298 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-13-2015 01:56 AM

Hi folks,

If anyone has a working motor from the Harbor Freight 34706 12×33 lathe, let’s make a deal. Mine has a problem and I’d like an exact replacement. If you have upgraded or don’t care for the unit, let me know please!


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#1 posted 02-13-2015 02:13 AM

Those motors are notoriously bad.. what is the problem you are experiencing? From what I can gather, it’s a 1700RPM thing with a 5/8” shaft and a groove on the end for a circlip. I’ve seem where some people have gotten so fed up with replacing the motor (under warranty, multiple times) that they swapped it out with a DC motor like that from a treadmill.


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#2 posted 02-13-2015 02:31 AM

The motor was fine. I was wiring a reverse switch into it, but since it’s totally-enclosed, I had to drill a hole in the housing to run wires out for the switch. And of course I slipped and ate up a couple of the windings with my drill bit!

The shaft is a common size (16mm) but very long with two grooves for circlips and a long key as well. On top of that, the motor is mounted via the motor end cap itself, and two motors I have are just a hair too big to accept the end cap. There’s just so many unique aspects that I know it won’t be worth it to track down a replacement.

Since everyone hates the dang thing, I figure someone will want to make a deal. :)

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#3 posted 02-26-2015 10:22 PM

I replaced the one on that same lathe with a direct replacement ordered from HF. Less than $100 to my door if I remember correctly.

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