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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 04-14-2012, 11:30 PM Thread Starter
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Default Know of any machinery I can make with a 1/3HP and 1/2HP motors?

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I have a guy that has a couple 1/3HP motors that came from old gas pumps at his service station. I also have a 1/2 HP motor I pulled off a water pump system in the shop I'm using that they didn't want. I'm trying to find something to do with them. The 1/3 HP motors are $50, so if I can't come up with anything to make with them, I'm going to hold off. The 1/2 I do have, so would definitely like to make something out of it.

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Uh, yeah I do; this isn't a trick question, is it? Without even thinking - disc sander and/or belt sander. Then if I wanted to think about it, all sorts of things. Power for - lathe, fan, can crusher, bench grinder, power hammer, etc., etc., etc.
Personally, I would just figure out what type of machine I needed, or wanted to make, most, and go from there. And I would not pay $50 for a used motor either.
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I think what Theo was trying to say was, if you can't instantly come up with a use, then you don't need them taking up space in your shop. Hoarders need help...
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I did think about the belt or disc sander. I wasn't sure if a 1/3 hp motor would be strong enough for many different woodworking tools. I would love to make a lathe for turning bowls, anyone know if 1/3 hp would be enough? With my 1/2 hp I was thinking of making a thickness sander. I was also curious if $50 was too much for those 1/3 hp motors, I looked through ebay, and with shipping found most motors this size to be in this price range. There are a number of items I will be buying from this guy next week, it's an old service station no longer in use, so maybe he'll knock some off those prices.
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Brett,

It won't hut to ask the guy if he will take less for the motors. I would think that they would be good motors being used in a gas pump. By the way I bought one at a garage sale a couple of weeks ago for $8 but I thought of a use for it before I bought it.

You could use one with a polishing bonnet or buffing wheel if that would be something you would use.
5" or 6" disk sander for small parts if you make small items a lot. I have a 5" and 12" and use the 5" most of the time.

1/3 hp would probably be a little light for a lathe however that depends on how large of lathe you want to make. If you want to work on small items then it would probably work great.

Ask yourself if there is any thing you could use in your shop and if you could use one of these motors for it. Like Dan says, "if you can't instantly come up with a use, then you don't need them taking up space in your shop".

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I wouldn't pay $50 for a 1/3 HP motor...you can basically buy an old drill press or table saw on Craigslist for about that much with more HP and around the same price.
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$50 is too much for a used 1/3hp motor, $20 max. i got a couple of brand new 1/2 hp motors from ebay for less than $50 each. i now have 4 electric motors. they guy had more than 10 of them a few weeks ago.

just make sure they are 115-120 volts.

i made a grinder out of one

i am in the process of using another one for a band saw

i will also be making a sander out of one

i also plan to make a lathe with one

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