Just an update: You electrical guys will be happy to know that instead of spending $70 bucks for one lousy on/off switch that I didn't know which one to buy or which wires went where for that antique, cast iron, made in the USA, built like an elephant, electric transmitter motor.....I scraped together $130 and bought a brand new, made in China, will only last 5 years, electric "Servo Motor" for my Consew sewing machine.
But now the story keeps going.....since removing the 150 lb motor from my sewing machine (via dropping it onto a rolling pneumatic office chair) it hasn't moved off my sofa because it is too dang heavy.....But just last month I tried to give it away to someone who has the funds to buy that Square D power switch and knows the value of these workhorse motors (not just for sewing but for powering power tools too)
But it seemed that someone had taken it upon themselves to write their own rules and flag a simple Craigslist ad under the free category, saying that "something FREE can't come with any stipulations". I read the rules and it didn't say anything about who I could say could take something that I was giving away for free. As an example....this person was saying that if I give away a car, I can't stipulate that you have to know how to drive a car (or bring someone who does). Well I am not going to drive it nor will it drive itself. So after being flagged and removed twice the final ad said "free electric transmitter, needs switch" and that was it. So without telling any one what I did know about the motor, I was putting the person and their family at risk of being electrocuted or possibly burning down their house.
The motor is in great condition, all except the crack in the on/off switch, from flicking the power on and off or the crack came from someone pushing something into it (a handtruck, a dresser, a filing cabinet, or who knows what--it's 60 years old) and leaving it cracked. The Motor itself works great, wiring looks and feels brand new, has no blemishes in the finish, is mechanically sound. Absolutely zero damage and has another 150 years of service life left in her. But because I can't control the person receiving it won't go to Home Depot and buy a $3 on/off light switch, and kill themselves in the basement trying to wire together something us non-electricians now nothing about. I will be scrapping it for the metal value, which should just about cover the money spent on the gas to drive it there, and forget I even tried to be nice and give it to someone who knew a fraction of what it was good for.