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Viel Conversion, Final Version
#31
The original motor for my Viel was 1/4hp, purchased from Viel. For my uses, general shop odd jobs and scissors sharpening, I never had any power problems. The Penn State Industries variable speed motor I replaced it with is rated at 1/2 hp. Again, no power problems. Each of these motors cost considerably more than the Harbor Freight belt grinder, for just the motors. If someone really needed a 3/4hp motor, a larger belt grinder might be more appropriate. 

Ken
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#32
Yes Ken, Bob (Bubby) was at my place  earlier and before he posted and after we discussed your earlier post. The Harbor Freight motor most definitely says 1/3 horse on it. My Kally isn't with me to confirm but Grepper tells us that the Baldor motor is rated at 1/3 horsepower. Apparently different slide rules were used to calculate these two HP's because the HF is definitely a weak sister compared to the Kally. 
It could be just a matter of rated RPM skewing the HP ratings or it could be that HF has been overly optimistic about their motor's performance.
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#33
Borrowing a phrase from Mark Twain, HF would not be the first place to use “a stretcher”. I have always thought it was magic that my Porter Cable 3 1/4 hp router could be plugged into a standard 15 amp receptacle........

Ken
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#34
Very nice write up of Ken's project in Sharpener's Report. http://knifegrinders.com.au/dropbox/Shar...t_2018.pdf Nice job Ken! 

In this same issue can be found an article by KnifeGrinders describing their meat processing study. Great job KG as well!
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#35
Thank you for your kind words, Mike. With no false humility I must state that "The Viel Project" was a cooperative effort. While I did the writing, much of the supporting expertise and encouragement was from my fellow bessexers. Without their experience, this would not have happened.

Ken
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