|Forum topic by LucasinBC||posted 03-15-2010 05:09 AM||1098 views||0 times favorited||7 replies|
03-15-2010 05:09 AM
This is a rookie question so please bear with me. Well actually, this is an electricity / power question regarding bandsaws. I am thinking about buying a bandsaw sold at my local woodworking store, but it seems to me that there may be a power issue that has been swept under the rug and I am wary to see if there is a workable solution that is safe.
For anyone who lives here in Canada, you may have heard of a chain of stores called Busy Bee. They make reasonable machines, certainly not of the highest quality, but affordable in any case. Most of their machines are built overseas and from what I can gather they look like they are wired to operate in Europe.
I say this because the machine I want to buy is their model CT082 bandsaw which is:
I realize that in both Canada and USA, the standard is usually 120v / 60Hz. The 230v/50Hz rating seems more in line with Europe. I am aware that it is possible to have a 220 or 240v outlet, however I’m concerned with the 60Hz frequency. I have little knowledge in electric motors, but would’nt a machine that is built for 50Hz frequency fry or get dangerously overheated in a 60Hz outlet?
I know that it is theoretically possible to get a Hz converter installed but that would be ridiculous.
If anyone has had any experience with this please let me know. I like the idea of having a reasonable bandsaw, but I would rather not go for this if there is a major power issue. Especially if there is danger that the motor could overheat.
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