Join Date: Oct 2012
Location: People's Republic of Kalifornia
Picked up a nice motor a while back, still haven't figured out what to do with it.
A while back a friend of mine was throwing out a broken Bluffton NEMA 56 frame 1.5hp motor and I decided for the heck of it to open it up and see what if anything could be done about it. I ended up replacing the stationary switch and the ball bearings and it fired up good as new. I've been trying to come up with a good use for it. It can run on either 115v or 230v which is nice and it has two speed settings depending on how you wire it. Either 3450 or 2875. Speed isn't that big of an issue since i've got an assortment of pulleys to easily slow things down. Right now i'm leaning towards replacing the garbage motor in my Harbor Freight 10x18 wood lathe though it might be 'a bit' overkill. There will be room for it though since in the process of building a lathe stand and it would be easy to mound this below where the stock motor sits.
Another idea would be to get a throw-away furnace blower wheel and housing from a buddy who is an HVAC tech, mounting it all in a box with furnace filters to reduce the dust in my garage/workshop.
Anyways... what would you guys do with a space motor like this? Here are a couple pics of it when i was running it for a few hours to see if it was going to have any heat problems. It barely even got warm.
Last edited by Andrew LB; 08-28-2019 at 03:42 AM.