Powering Up the press
Wednesday, December 30th, 2015. Well… Not quite yet!
As I progress in the cleaning and re-oiling of the press, I have also been working a little on the old motor. All the while slowly sorting through and organizing not only my shop but all the acquired bits that were included with the press. Sounds like more work that in has been, I have been moving slowly!
So the Motor. This is an antique (obviously!) GE Repulsion Induction Motor; As best I can tell anyway from the research I have conducted. The top plate has been removed at some point, not sure why but also note that the serial number on the press has been ground down to nothing but a trace, so accuracy is of age is near impossible on both press and motor. I can only approximate age to within a ten-15 year frame. Close but not accurate. This motor is still operational and will continue to be the power source for the press. I believe that it may have been original equipment, if not it is approximately the same age as the press from what I can tell.
If anyone has any information on these motors; please let me know. I am not only curious but also would like to have the other information off the plate of a similar or identical motor for my records.
It took some serious digging but I have the wiring figured out, at least for my configuration and after I clean up the wiring leads themselves I will be locating and installing the motor to the new rails.
I searched for an adjustable mounting plate but this motor was made prior to NEMA specifications and as such I have been unable to find a pre-manufactured unit that fits the bolt pattern. For now I will be mounting directly to the rails until I can figure out a better solution or have a custom base made.
I will also be using the belt that came with the press although I may, just for appearances, look for a new belt, we will see.
So with a little more cleaning, some oil and such, she will hopefully be installed and running the press once again by the end of week.