The motor on my old Craftsman 10" table saw finally burned up a few months
ago. My wife and I are building a house and I am constantly needing to rip
long lenghts of 2-by material. I'm sure a new blade would have helped, but
the saw would always overheat badly and want to stall. I always wanted a
new motor, so even though I'm completely broke because of the house, I was
almost happy when the old one gave up.
I thought about Harbor Freight, but the ones I used on my air compressor
just didn't last. I ended up buying a 230v 3 hp (14amp) Marathon brand air
compressor motor from Enco for $162, part number 891-4959. I was surprised
by the quality, it seems like a very nice piece for the money. It is,
however, very open and therefore needs some kind of a home-made sawdust
shield. I wired in a dedicated 20 amp recepticle and bought 35 feet of #8
SJT with large twist-lock plug and used the original power switch.
As the new motor uses a 56H frame, it mounted right up with no problems. At
the same time I got a new Freud rip blade. WOW! What a difference. That
thing doesn't even slow down. It literally cuts like butter. When you
start it, it INSTANTLY comes up to full rpm. It's REALLY amazing. Really
worth the money. The long dedicated power cord is great also, something I
should have done a long time ago. No more plugging and unplugging. That
actually may be the best part.
Anyway, I thought I'd post because there are so many of these old saws out
there and I am really, really happy with the results. Now, if I could only
afford a good fence system...