My 3 phase install

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by jgrady1982, Nov 12, 2012.

  1. jgrady1982

    jgrady1982 Been here awhile

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    My Dad sold his shop that he has had since 1987. He gave me a Wells-Index 745 on the way out. I looked into changing the 1hp 3 phase motor to 110V, but that would have cost way too much money. So I bought a phase a matic PAM300-HD converter and installed this in my garage this weekend.

    First we had to install a 220V single phase outlet and then wire up the converter.

    Here are the pics...

    Here is the panel, we added a 30amp breaker and ran the 220 line off of that
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    We notched out above the panel to run the lines out
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    Around the back wall of the garage via PVC conduit
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    To the side opposite of the panel, here is the elegant pine mounting panel!
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    Phase converter pluged into 220V outlet
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    The mill pluged into the 3 phase outlet
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    Here is the mill in my garage, this is an older pic...I made a mobile base so that I can move this thing around on...it helps a little, but man that machine weighs a ton!
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    I have a South Bend Heavy 10 that is about 75% complete following my restoration, I also just picked up a Delta wood/metal bandsaw.
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    The first project with all these machines is to make a front wheel cart for this guy...we rescued him from a hoarder FU&K, mom was this old Beagle, dad was a pitt, there was another pitt in the house, all three dogs were not fixed and the house was disgusting. She is 7 weeks old, great dog. She was born with 5 siblings...two died at birth, two were already adopted, she and her brother were left when we got her...

    Were fostering her, so if your interested and not a total wack job and are not a selfish turd...let me know if your interested!
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    We took her to a specialist in Columbus, Ohio...she has no humerus bilateral, as well as no radius bilateral, her ulnas articulate with her scapulas and thats it...great dog though
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  2. sailah

    sailah Lampin' it

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    Cute pup.

    Those static converters lose 1/3 of the hp, not sure if thats a concern for you. I also heard they aren't good for the motors but maybe thats myth. I have multiple machines running on a rotary phase converter. The more machines you have running the smoother they all are. I bought just the panel and had a motor laying around so mine was quite economical.

    Another great solution for smaller hp motors like yours is a vfd. I have a teco fm50 on my 1 hp powermatic drill press. Converts single to three phase and has a digital speed control, brake, soft start all for $100. Great solution for a single machine that you want speed control on
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  3. davemon

    davemon High Speed Airhead

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    I have a old school phase convertor that powered my grandfathers machine shop for many years. Basically its a 5 HP 3 phase motor that uses a small 110 volt motor to spool it up single phase is put in.The belt from the drive motor is removed and the 3 phase motor becomes a 3 phase generator. Definately old school but works great.

    Blue Skies and Cool Rides
    Dave
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  4. stainlesscycle

    stainlesscycle Long timer

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    i also use the teco fm50. easy to program, work well. you do lose quite a bit of power when you use the speed control for ultra slow speeds. if i go below 50% i just change belts...
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  5. LoJack

    LoJack Long timer

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    I've used probably that same phase-o-matic and it worked fine, though I was probably only using it for an hour a week, so not too heavy, on my Nichols. It wouldn't surprise me if you do loose a bit of power with it, though.

    +3 on the VFD. Being able to have more than a handful of speeds on my Bridgeport is a must.

    Having a home garage shop, you gotta work with what you got, I suppose.

    Great Beagle-Pit. Take the two cutest puppies and make one even cuter! I adopted an Am-Bulldog last summer and he's a doll. One of the nicest breeds, I think. I hope you find a good home for her.
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  6. RDTCU

    RDTCU Banned

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    I picked up a 2hp Supermax Bridgeport clone a while back and bought a 3hp rotary phase converter. Never had a lick of trouble, and I've worked it hard on occasion... seems to do fine on the 3 phases with 90deg phase separation, instead of the true 120deg. May lose 10-15% torque...

    This one's been re-wound to be self starting on single phase, it's just a bit noisy at idle, but quiets down under load.
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