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DMB01/05/2021 20:05:46
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Anyone know the "usual" power size of motor to drive one of these? Did the MK2 get a more powerful motor?

Any advice much appreciated, thanks.


John Billard 101/05/2021 20:38:40
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Assuming single phase 220/240v a 500w motor will be fine. I have Mk 1 but I believe the Mk2 is no different in this respect.

Kind regards


DMB01/05/2021 21:55:36
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Hi John, thanks. I have just acquired my late friend's MK1 and it has a 1/4hp motor, which I thought was far too small. Seems like I am correct.


Andrew Moyes 101/05/2021 22:51:13
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I looked up the construction notes supplied with the Mk1 machine. Arnold Throp said 'A 1/3hp motor is quite adequate for all the work a machine of this kind will normally be expected to do.'


Edited By Andrew Moyes 1 on 01/05/2021 22:52:00

DMB02/05/2021 09:07:16
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Hello Andrew, just found your reply, thanks for that.


J Hancock02/05/2021 09:25:21
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The DW is not the most rigid of machines, 1/4hp will keep you within its limitations.

Brian Wood02/05/2021 10:19:53
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When I built my Mk II, I fitted a 1/2 HP motor to it without thinking about the power requirement. The motor itself was a farm sale rescue that had a broken foot mounting but was otherwise a first rate Brook Crompton with ball bearings rather than oilite bushes. Because of the damage the motor was unused and cost me £2

From the experience I have had in nearly 30 years of use, I would consider anything less powerful would rather hold the machine back in its capabilities

Regards Brian.

Edited By Brian Wood on 02/05/2021 10:20:34

DMB02/05/2021 13:34:24
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Hello John and Brian, thank you both for your replies today.


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