Delta 14" Bandsaw Upgrade Advice Needed

Having just burned out the 1 hp motor in my Delta 14" bandsaw (w/riser) while cutting bowl blanks from green walnut logs, I'm looking for advice on the most (cost) effective upgrade for this machine. I'm reluctant to lobby SWMBO for the cost of a big Italian bandsaw, so I'm trying to work out a motor replacement/upgrade.
Can this frame handle a 2 hp motor? I'll probably go straight to 220V for whatever I settle on.
Is form factor for the replacement a big issue, or do most motors fit most mounts?
Thanks for any advice you can offer.
--tom
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I don't know about 2 HP, but current versions of the saw come with a 1-1/2 hp motor, so you can probably go at least that far.
Motors are not all the same size, but they do come in some standardized configurations. It shouldn't be hard to find a replacement, but check the mounting frame first, don't assume that any motor will fit.
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Nope, a 2HP would outwork a single belt, even if you adapted the mount. You probably should have been at 220v anyway to keep the motor cooler if you regularly cut at or near capacity.
Sounds like you're going to have to get a big one or control your ambition.

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You could economically get double v-belt pulleys to replace the single v-belt type you have now.
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I'd talk with Louis Iturra (888-722-7078) who probably knows more about the Delta 14 Bandsaw than anyone else living. Alas, he has no web site, but his almost 200 page free catalog is really as much a high performance manual for the 14 Delta and its clones as it is a sales item.
Louis recommends nothing LESS than a 1.5 HP industrial grade motor for optimal performance. The latest Delta now has a 1.5 motor, though I doubt it's as industrial grade (Baldor, etc.) as some you might be able to obtain on your own.
I've been using Louis' products for many years now, and all have been worthwhile additions (Bandrollers, shims, graphite and ceramic guides and plates, tension spring, tensioner, etc.).
So I think it is well worth your time to learn what he has to say, and then seriously consider taking his advice.
Lyn
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Took the recommendation out'a my mouth. Call him, follow his advice.
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