Don Noon Posted November 13, 2020 Report Share Posted November 13, 2020 31 minutes ago, JacksonMaberry said: A good friend of mine who makes furniture made his own massive belt machine powered by a 3/4 horse AC motor controlled with a VFD. The only thing I don't love about it is that at it's very lowest speed, the torque drops off hard. DC is better in that respect, but DC motors are significantly more expensive. Hence the $2k price tag on a fully loaded Tradesman grinder from Canada. For new machinery, yes, PM DC motors and controllers run expensive. However, for DIY conversions, you can pick up motors and controllers on eBay occasionally for reasonable prices. I have converted my 2 bandsaws, drillpress, and lathe to DC that way. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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