I have a new General 650, a very nice saw. While I'm sure it was set up
perfectly at the factory, I had to remove the motor to get it into my
ground level basement.
I put the motor back on, and set it so the drive pulley's are square to
each other and inline. When I push on the belts in the centre, they go
in about 0.75".
The saw runs with just a whistle from the blade and no vibration.
However when the 3HP motor first starts, there is a fairly loud 'whump'
sound and then it immediately spins up to speed. The motor is 220V on a
Strangely enough, if the motor has *just*
stopped and I restart it,
there is no whump.
I know that motors draw high current when they start up so I expect some
'kick' but is this normal? Is there some way to soften the startup with
a capacitor say?