Need help- Has anyone used the brand ' American Rotary Company' phase converters?

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Forum topic by Binn posted 11-12-2010 08:48 AM 3171 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-12-2010 08:48 AM

I need to purchase a Rotary Phase Converter and I am looking at American Rotary brand. Just wanting to know who has used this brand before and how they like them. What are the db levels and how do they hold up after years of use.

-- Barry, Louisiana

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#1 posted 11-13-2010 07:13 PM

Medikan used a Teco FM50 VFD on his Unisaw for some time before he sold it to fix up a beautiful Oliver saw
he bought and he is planning on using a Teco control on it. The unit takes up less space than a rotary phase
converter and also costs less. You might want to check it out.

-- As ever, Gus-the 77 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#2 posted 11-14-2010 07:10 AM

Thanks guy’s for your input. I’ll keep checking them out. You have to relize that I have never used a 3 phase machine before and a rotary phase as well , So all of this is new to me. Just want to make a wise choice.

-- Barry, Louisiana

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#3 posted 11-14-2010 08:37 AM

Question on a phase converter leads me to believe you have a 3 phase motor and want to run it on single phase. Well, the motor will run on single phase if you can get it going fast enough before you give it the single phase power.

I have a 220 volt 3 phase motor on a saw. My phase converter is made up of a two pole breaker and a large capacitor (hope I spelled that right) . A lead is taken off one of the 220 volt legs (on the load side of the breaker) and goes to the input of the capacitor. You now have 3 leads to your 3 phase motor, one from the capacitor and two from the breaker. One thing you need is the proper size capacitor that will match to you 3 phase motor. There is a company in Evertt Washington that makes a unit set to match your motor.

Hope this helps, write if you have more questions.

-- John at Sugarloft Mountain........Don't argue with an idiot; people watching may not be able to tell the difference.

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#4 posted 11-15-2010 08:49 AM

No, I think you misunderstood. I have a 3 phase motor on my table saw and I have 1phase in my shop. I need to convert single phase to 3 phase for the motor.

Thanks, Barry

-- Barry, Louisiana

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