Against all advice and good sense, I “temporarily” replaced my
ailing Baldor with a one-fourth horsepower motor from Harbor Freight,
and couldn’t be more pleased with it. Several other metalworkers have
commented on how smooth the motor runs.
Some Harbor Freight motors have ball bearings and some have
bushings. I made sure I was getting a motor with ball bearings.
Before I took the motor from the store, I rough checked that it
"felt" smooth when the spindle was rotated by hand, and that the
spindle ran true. When I got the motor home, I checked it with more
appropriate instruments, and the motor passed with flying colors.
I know many people are highly skeptical of any HF product, and so am
I, but in this case, I came up a winner. With care, you should be
able to do so as well.
I originally purchased the HF motor as a stop-gap until I could get
my Baldor repaired. The motor I bought runs so well the Baldor is
still on the shelf, awaiting repair.
Also, the HF motor cost me $35. How much does a Baldor cost?