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I want to but a 3 HP Baldor 220 motor on my 10" craftsman table saw. Will the motor mount be able to stand the stress of a heavier motor without pulling the arbor out of square with the table?

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A 1/2-horsepower motor wired for 220 volt operation is ample for this hand-fed saw. Using a much larger motor will lead to some serious kick-back problems because the motor will continue to turn if the cut becomes bound. A higher horsepower motor requires power feed for the stock to control kick-back. Hope this helps!

Posted on Dec 30, 2010

  • bbgb17 Dec 30, 2010

    I haven't had a board kick back on me in about twenty years, (knock on wood...pardon the pun) I use a 5 horse Powermatic at work everyday. I guess I've just gotten good at not doing risky things on the saw. They gave me this particular motor at work. It was free! I want to use it if it won't pull the arbor out of square. Surely somebody out there has tried to soup up a Craftsman saw. Is the Vega fence worth the money?

  • drallim Dec 30, 2010

    I worked in the cabinet shop of a trailer plant in the early 60's and they had a 5 HP Powermatic that was notorious for kick-back. I used it a few times without problems, but no one ever made serious use of it.! I also have a 60's era Craftsman 10" saw that is all cast iron, but it seems somewhat flimsy in spite of that. The stock fence is almost impossible to get consistent settings due to it's design. Hope you have success with your projected modification.



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