Hi all, I think its time to invest in a motor that isn’t so loud and a little faster… Does anyone have any advice? The one I have is very slow and while this is ok with some jobs, something a tiny bit faster would be great. Unfortunately Im not sure where to start looking or even what to ask for!
I’m using a variable speed controller with a 3hp motor, which is actually a little overkill for my 12×18. I couldn’t even tell you who makes the motor — you just want a 3-phase general purpose enclosed motor (2hp or higher, since getting the wheel started from low speed takes some torque), with a fan cooling system.
The controller seems to make all the difference. This one goes from 1 to 100 in increments of tenths, so you’ve got lots of fine control over your speed. I’ve never been over about 40 on it — it’s too fast for the press! Let me know if you have more questions — my husband is the master of motors. 😉
Great advice, but if the machine is in a basement or home, the three-phase could be very expensive; either more wiring from the pole, or a phase converter. You might try single-phase. I’ve run Kluges, C&P open and automatic and V36’s, all on single-phase motors. Some of the older motors are built for original equipment rpm control, specifically the motor I had on an 8×12 Snapper, and it worked great. My suggestion? Either have several sizes of primary drive pulley’s around, and change to suit, or find a motor built for a mechanical speed control.