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Forum topic by ErikF posted 08-09-2016 11:12 AM 931 views 0 times favorited 17 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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ErikF

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08-09-2016 11:12 AM

I bought this jointer a little while back for $160.

Here are the specs:

Make- Porter
Cutterhead- 20” three knives
Weight- 2000lbs
Motor- 5hp 3 phase
Direct drive
Year- 1920ish?

Video of yesterdays first power up Porter Jointer

I don’t have access to 3 phase power so this machine is run off a rotary phase converter.

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#1 posted 08-09-2016 11:52 AM

Saw the post on Instagram last night. Thing hums! Nice tool.

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#2 posted 08-09-2016 12:05 PM

Dayum! Need a porkchop now.

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#3 posted 08-09-2016 12:06 PM

Congrats!

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#4 posted 08-09-2016 12:15 PM

There’s my battleship!

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#5 posted 08-09-2016 12:24 PM

Nice!! That’s a heck of a machine. And it sounds like it’s running perfectly. Did you have to do anything to the bearings or motor, or was it ready to rock when it arrived?

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#6 posted 08-09-2016 12:39 PM

Love those oldies! Good find.

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#7 posted 08-09-2016 12:43 PM



Nice!! That s a heck of a machine. And it sounds like it s running perfectly. Did you have to do anything to the bearings or motor, or was it ready to rock when it arrived?

- TheGreatJon

Just had to clean many years of dirt and grime off the table and change the motor wiring from 440 to 220. Bearings are amazing- it takes 3 minutes for the head to stop once I cut off power. Would like a brake.

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#8 posted 08-09-2016 01:00 PM

Sweet!!

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#9 posted 08-09-2016 03:20 PM

Dang. That thing is a beast. Nice score !

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#10 posted 08-09-2016 03:57 PM


Nice!! That s a heck of a machine. And it sounds like it s running perfectly. Did you have to do anything to the bearings or motor, or was it ready to rock when it arrived?

- TheGreatJon

Just had to clean many years of dirt and grime off the table and change the motor wiring from 440 to 220. Bearings are amazing- it takes 3 minutes for the head to stop once I cut off power. Would like a brake.

- ErikF

I think some three phase motor controllers provide braking capabilities…

Herb

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#11 posted 08-10-2016 05:31 AM

Wow, that is a beauty. I traded for a brand new 10 horse motor from Craigslist before I knew about 3 phase. I only invested 200 bucks for the motor, then I found out I’d have to spend a thousand for a converter. Maybe you have a cheaper way? Anyway, watched the video, that is one sweet machine! Congrats on that.

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#12 posted 08-10-2016 06:09 AM

I think I have $125 into my 10hp converter for
the motor, about $200 for a panel off ebay and
another $80 or so for wires and plugs.

It will run 5hp 3 phase no problem and more with
coaxing a machine on startup.

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#13 posted 08-10-2016 07:38 AM

Nice find
runs perfectly
Whats this rotary phase converter gadget plase?

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ErikF

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#14 posted 08-10-2016 08:58 AM



Nice find
runs perfectly
Whats this rotary phase converter gadget plase?

Oh almost forgot the usual Gloat reply of two words applys !!.

- robscastle

Rotary phase converters are very handy pieces of gear for the shop and a cheap way to get 3 phase power. A Google search will give a better explanation but it’s a 3 phase motor, a way to start the motor (I use capacitors and a switch but there are easier/cheaper ways), and a connection from the motor to the equipment you want to run. Once the converter motor starts spinning it “makes” the three phase power. Again- a better explanation can be found on Google.

They can be made on the cheap if you’re resourceful. I watch local auctions and have purchased a few 3 phase electric motors for $1 per horse power. If you want to go much bigger than 7.5hp it’s good to have a cherry picker to move it around your shop. I have a 40hp electric motor that weighs 550lbs.

They can be sized to run 1hp to 100hp, just depends on the equipment you’re running. I run a 25hp converter for my shop and it has no issue powering any machines.

It opens up the door to professional equipment and better power.

If I had just one or two pieces of 3 phase equipment I would run them off a VFD since they’re a quick install and require very little wiring.

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#15 posted 08-10-2016 01:37 PM

YOU SUCK!

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