I’ve been thinking about doing a craigslist shop series for a while. With all the questions on craigslist, three phase, and pricing, I figured I should start by answering the immediate questions and try and help some make some buying decisions.
Short answer first; yes you can run three phase in the garage. There for some you can now go back to looking at the projects pages.
Slightly longer answer: For this we are going to assume you only need to run one or two three phase units. Most common would be table saw, lathe, and if your really into a crowded garage maybe an 18” powermatic PM180 planer. This maybe just my fantasy but if you’ve read this far you may need to look up from the screen and give your other half a smile just to make sure.
In order to run three phase machinery you must first have a 220v plug within proximity of where you want to put the machine.
Now that there is power to use, I used a Temco FM-50. It is possible to wire the VFD before the switch and use the normal machine on/off. It is also possible to just use the VFD as the on/off switch which is what I did.
Dont let a three phase deal kill your dreams. A 2hp unisaw for under $300 would have you up and running in a couple days for less than $500 and that would include a new saw blade.
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