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Old 10-15-08, 11:49 AM   #11
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Hey, dcb (hey those are my initials, too), that's the exact same motor/switch that I bought surplus some time ago for converting a push mower, so it should be the same power range as what you are looking for. The only difference is mine came with a yoke to attach a blade.

Be sure to weld in a cross brace behind the motor and attach supports for that third mounting hole to it. It won't hold long just attached to the handle like that. Otherwise, it's looking good!

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Old 10-15-08, 12:50 PM   #12
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did you weigh it before and now after?
Looking at the pics it looks like you lightened it up a bit.
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Old 10-21-08, 09:55 PM   #13
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Cool project, dcb. Subscribed!
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Old 10-22-08, 12:14 AM   #14
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Minor progress, found a belt at grainger, a 3l390 , hopefully it is strong enough.
still need to weld pully together and beef up motor mounting.

Actually ran it for a tiny bit though (till the pulley unbolted itself)



Will need some alignment tweaks too:
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Old 11-30-08, 12:48 PM   #15
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They say the snow is coming so I dusted off the welder and sorted out the pully/motor arrangements.

The pulley was two pieces so I welded it at the seam, sort of, from the inside. First welding in many years.


Then I held the pulley on the motor with a bolt and adjusted the runout and knocked it straight within a few tries and deposited much welding wire Tricky welding, gotta focus on the shaft since it is so thick.



It should be mostly braces and alignment from here.
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Old 12-01-08, 12:38 AM   #16
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Ok, it is together enough for me to want to try it

This is your basic piece of threaded rod and a few angle brackets and a piece of metal strapping approach. It sounds faster than the original at top speed, starts up like an amusement ride. I'm a little nervous around it , so will probably add a shield or just cobble the covers back on, but gotta try it.



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Old 12-01-08, 01:56 AM   #17
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Cover Cobbled



That makes me feel a little safer, Now where is that snow?
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Old 12-01-08, 08:59 AM   #18
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Looks all ready to go. I hope it holds together. I wonder if it'll work better with the higher speed?
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Old 12-01-08, 09:03 AM   #19
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Alllrightee

Had a couple inches this morning, first test was quite manageable. I blew one circuit breaker and had to move to another circuit. But it is a lot quieter and smoother. It also has noticeably less torque , so maybe a smaller motor pulley would be in order, you have to use a fair bit of finesse to keep the rpms up, but I can live with it.
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Followup,

The snow got a lot wetter towards the end. I was really overtaxing the motor, was packing snowballs on it to get it to quit smoking so much while trying to finish up.

This rig is overheating with 2 inches of wet snow. The blade speed is about right so it probably needs more motor. I managed to finish but had to let the motor rest a few times. plow stick would have been about as effective. Ah well, a $30 experiment Now I know, get more motor.

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