Before I begin, let me say: I do not need a motor and do not anticipate that I will need one anytime soon (or hope that I don’t).
I am posting in hopes of inspiring some knowledgeable comments about replacement motors.
In recent weeks, Katie Harper successfully replaced Sp15 motor. There was another post by someone else who replaced a motor on another Vandercook model. I thought that both solutions were expensive and more complicated than necessary, but . . . I am not an expert at any of this.
I have searched the web looking for 110-120v AC gear reduction motors. This avoids having to convert a DC motor to AC power or buy an AC motor and separately buy a gear reduction box. Both are expensive routes
I found several possibilities, altho none are perfect match.
The baldor 24316 is 1/8th HP with 148 RPM; the 24318 is a 1/8th HP with a 71 RPM. I also found Bodine Electric AC models 0623 and 0624 with RPMs of 170 and 85. (Some Challenge MP15’s use Bodine motors turning at 170 RPMs).
None of these cost more than $400, and some were less.
The difference is RPMs might be handled with a change in the size of the pulley. Alternatively, the slower PM would seem to be ok. It means a little more time to spread the ink, but also means that the ink won’t dry out as fast.
The installation will likely require drilling holes to mount the motor, but that’s likely with any solution.
I am sure I am missing something. But, I hope this will get others thinking. In time we will all need motors. Its just a matter of time.
PS – Fritz/Paul : thoughts?