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  • 2424 to 5HP

    Folks,
    I have the 2424 and I also have a 5 HP motor that will fit it. Would it be OK to make this conversion or is that too much power for this saw?
    Justin

  • #2
    I'll look forward to what others have to say on this, but, IMHO, I'd find another use for your 5 hp motor. The design of the 2424 is such that the belt tensioning is done by letting the motor pivot with the unit's height adjustment---I would say the significant weight increase, of a 5 hp motor, might put a strain on the belt and design. I have no idea what the extra power would do to vibration or stress on the existing undercarriage. I guess I'd say there is probably a good reason why 5 hp motors are religated to cabinet saws.
    Dave

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    • #3
      I'll go along with Dave, reason and all. It isn't too much "power", the belt drive would simply slip if too much was attempted (3+hp cabinet saws use 2 or 3 drive belts). But a quick glance at the Baldor website shows a 5hp having 132 pound shipping weight. Guessing that the motor takes up about 120, that's a __lot__ more weight than the machine came with. Being that the motor is cantilevered out of the saw, I think you would be buying trouble, for little or no gain.

      Dave

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      • #4
        Thanks guys. It will stay at 1 1/2 at 220. I have had no problems other than I have a 5HP motor and still no use.
        Justin

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        • #5
          The structure of the saw is not designed to handle the weight or power of a motor anywhere near a 5 horse. If you were able to hang that motor on there, you'd have never-ending alignment problems, and I'd be willing to bet in 6 months to a year the table would be no where near flat anymore.

          Jake

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