Marathon lost the Delta business about the time that the US made
34-444 was discontinued. The motor change was a big mistake IMHO.
I've noticed that Marathon motors are now sold for woodworking
machinery through Woodworkers Supply mail order. They have long sold
Baldors and Leesons.
And I assume you have checked to make sure that it is not something
simple like a centrifugal switch, a an overload reset switch or a
You can probably get a motor from WW Grainger, however, I would go
with a Marathon or Baldor. The weak link is the dustproof centrifugal
switch and those people have years of experience in manufacturing
Last month I bought a 34-444 with a burned out motor off Ebay for
pretty dirt cheap. Took the motor to a local electric motor repair
place (Plainfield, btw)and it turned out to be lots of dust blocking
that centrifugal switch, and a loose wire in the run capacitor. The
repair guy had it fixed in less than 5 minutes, and did it for free.
The motor's a Marathon/Delta 1.5 hp, and runs fantastic now.
Have it looked at, it may actually be fine.
BTW, I won the ebay bid for only $58, with a unifence and right side
extention table. Still grin whenever I think of how lucky I got.
Grainger is expensive for a retail customer.
Check the local yellow pages under "Motor, Electric".
A few years ago, I bought a replacement Baldor 3HP spa pump motor from a
local guy for a fraction of even the best web sources, and far less than
other outlets, like Northern Tool and Grainger. The local guy accepted
the old motor for a core refund. He needed 48 hours to get it, but the
two day wait was worth it.
The local guys are everywhere, sometimes it takes a moment or two to
find and call them. This one was 15 minutes from home, and listed with
20 more such shops in the phone book. Typically, they don't take credit
cards, so bring a blank check.
FWIW, before he sold me a new motor, he spent a few minutes to see if he
could fix the old one. <G>
Yeah Grainger has always been on the pricey side...not a surprise.
On a funnier note, the motor actually works fine! Originally when I
pushed the reset button to see if that was the problem, it didn't go
down all the way. But i thought that was as low as it could go. I was
disassembling the motor again last night...lo and behold, a tiny chip
of wood wedge in under the reset button. Plucked that booger outta
there, pushed the reset button and voila! I feel stupid and relieved
at the same time! Thanks for all your help guys!
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