Friday, February 12, 2010

Time for a 925 hiatus

Big surprise, I know...

With the motor toasted this project is now officially on hold. I will be moving my blogging efforts over to ( The 925 will stay on the shelf, literally and figuratively, until I find a frame 236 for it.

This could be 3 days or 9 months, it's impossible to say.

I spent a few minutes this morning pulling the motor completely apart to shelve all the parts (rotor, end bells, fan, bearing retainer, screws, tie rods, capacitor, open frame relay, and Klixon). I will see if I can get a few bucks for all the copper in the windings before taking the carcass to the recycle center.

I will be cleaning up the past posts on this blog and adding more pictures as time allows for the sake of history.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

...and yet more motor

I was messing with the motor again this afternoon.

I put the fan back on and ran it for 5 minutes to check out the heat rise. Not too bad, only the rotor got warm. Then I put an 8" blade on it and repeated the test. It seemed to run fine.

Then I turned it off and when I went to turn it back on again I just got a slight movement of the blade and a humming/buzzing motor. Uh, oh. Hmmmm.

The capacitor is new. The relay seems fine (but I can check it). Methinks the start windings might be toast.

I have been on the lookout for another frame 236 anyway since this motor has never given me a very good feeling. Since I have a second 925DLX I might take the 236 off of my hot rod R1350 and put it on this 925 for the restoration, turn the DLX into my daily driver and save the R1350 column for a Frankensaw.

In other news, I am waiting on some goodies for my GWI ( and I am also planning on having the ways of my 3526 arm re-ground by Original Saw Company (yet another blog). They charge $500 plus $18.52 per bearings if they need to oversize them after grinding the arm. I just need to find a decent way to freight them to Iowa since initial estimates are something like $200 each way. Ouch!

I'll be selling or donating my MBF shortly. It is time to finish up these restorations and pick two saws to keep. I assume it will be the 3526 and the GWI but you never know until they are set up and aligned...

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

It's all about vocabulary

We used words like "polished" and "shiny". OK. This was not exactly what I had expected, LOL! Well, live and learn. This has not been a good winter for my saw restorations.

It just screams "hot rod" which is not a bad thing but I want it to simply state "industrial" in a calm way. I'm curious to see how it will behave inside the column. I can always throw it on the wire wheel and give it a brushed look but, what the heck, maybe I'll like it when I get it all together. I have decided that this particular 925 is going to be pure gloss white so it may just work out fine.

They polished it and then put a coat of copper on, I think, polished that and then hit it with Nickel. Wow. Very reflective. It's tough, too. I tried the wire wheel on the section where the arm goes and the Nickel basically laughed at me.