sp15 Motor specs: please explain for replacement


My sp15 motor crapped out today. I’m pretty sure it’s a goner. It made two sputtering sounds about 3 seconds after turning it on and then died and smoked.

I was reading through a past post about replacement motors for the sp15 and the motor specs page and it all seems a little gibberish to me. I was told to start googling for a new motor but wasn’t sure what part of the specs listed on the motor info replacement suggestion I should be searching with. Could someone help break this down for me?

I can still take it to a motor mechanic to get it looked at if you think that’s worth doing before searching for a new motor.

The model is the Vandercook sp15, serial number is 23304.

Thank you!

Lindsay of Gingerly Press

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Katie Harper
7 years ago

We had to replace a motor on our SP-15 a few years ago. We first had the original motor rebuilt, but that crapped out after about 6 months (just after warranty…) so we had to replace it. It was not easy, but it can be done. The new motor required a controller to keep it at the right speed. no big deal. But it’s worth it to try to rebuild if you can. However, I would ask you to be firm with the rebuilder and demand to know if the motor is worth a rebuild. Our rebuild guys were lackluster about that, even though they admitted later that much of the wiring was crappy.

Anyway, I can furnish you with the model we purchased if you cannot rebuild. Let me know.

Katie Harper
UA Fort Smith

Lad Boyle
7 years ago

You may want to talk with Fritz at NA Graphics (NAGraph.com) to see what he recommends.

My thought is to see if the local electric motor shop can rebuild – if yes, I would go that way.


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