Well, the motor on my lathe has decided to quit spinning. It's probably at least 35yrs old so it gave my grandpa and I a good run. It was/is a GE 1/2HP probably from a squirrel cage blower. The question I have is...It seems to work fine without the belt attached, but won't spin without a gentle push on the pully or not at all even without a blank loaded. It just groans as if the pully is to much resistance. Do older motors have brushes that can be replaced? Or is it somehthing else that could be repaired? I wouldn't mind using it to make a disk sander or something.
Now for the gloat.....I'm picking up an older 1HP 1750RPM 115/220 Baldor with capacitor this weekend from a guy I met through craiglist for $40 so I set to upgrade DOUBLE from the 1/2HP I had before. I might ask some questions on wiring, and the possible jack shaft I might install later this week.