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Posted by Deodiaus on April 26, 2008, 8:11 pm
I have a broken pool motor [magnetek y56y] which will cost a bundle to
or repair.
While doing a search on the web, I found the same model (really cheap)
wired for 280V, instead of the 230 V load that my wiring is supplies.
Now, I was thinking of buying the cheap 280V model and installing it
instead.  Aside from rotating at a different speed and
maybe some power inefficiencies, are there any other drawbacks of
using the 280V model

Posted by DaveM on April 26, 2008, 8:50 pm

If it's the same model motor, you might be able to rewire it for your 230V
supply.  Look at the nameplate or inside the wiring chamber to see if there is a
wiring diagram that details wiring connections for different voltages.
Barring that, you might search the Mfr's website (if they are still in business)
or Google for the make and model of your motor and see if there is any data on
it that details the wiring instructions.

Dave M
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Posted by James Sweet on April 27, 2008, 8:18 am

What's broken on the original motor? There isn't a whole lot to go wrong
with these, I've yet to run into one I couldn't fix.

Posted by Ulysses on April 27, 2008, 5:03 pm


Me too.  Usually it's just been corrosion that can be cleaned off and/or
lack or lubrication.

Posted by Deodiaus on April 28, 2008, 8:07 pm
 I tried first by replacing the capacitor.  I could not pry off the
pump because it was rusted shut and bolted on well.
The repair guy said it was a break in the winding.  He is rewinding it
for $70.
I was thinking of doing it myself but I was told that rewinding it
manually is tough.

BTW, I cannot refind the "for sale" motor on the web anymore.

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