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Forum topic by 489tad posted 10-13-2014 12:15 PM 909 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-13-2014 12:15 PM

Hello All,

I am selling tools that belonged to a friend that passed. Up at bat are a Laguna 16HD band saw with a 4.5hp
230 v Baldor motor, and a Jet 16×42 lathe with a 2hp 230v motor. I am not wired for 220 and probably will never have a need for it. I’d would like to show that the machines work. Electrician said running wire up to the garage would run 2-300.00. I was told a Step-Up/Down Voltage Transformer Converter would show the motors running but don’t put any load on them.

Has anyone used a converter and what if any potential dangers to the house or machines I should be aware of? Is there some specification on the converter I should be aware of to make a good choice in purchasing one. There are several on Amazon for under 100.00. My only need is to show the machines run so I can sell them.

Thanks guys, your help does mean a lot.

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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#1 posted 10-13-2014 12:47 PM

I would not bother, considering the expense
and your lack of other need.

You may get some tirekickers who complain about
not seeing the machines under power but chances
are they are just trying to talk you down. If
you had the power they would try to talk you
down anyway.

Many of us experienced machine buyers have
bought sight unseen. At worst a motor replacement
is a couple hundred bucks. Compared to the
savings of buying a newish secondhand machine
at a considerably less than new price, the
off chance that it comes with a defective motor
is a minor risk both in terms of probability and
in dollars.

Put a fair price on them (50% of list is “fair”
imo) and they’ll sell. It may take awhile to
sell for for a nice modern band saw like the
one you have as any machine not many artisans
actually “need” to make a living and priced
over $1000 can take awhile to find a cash buyer.

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#2 posted 10-13-2014 01:07 PM

Loren no insult intended but everytime I see your icon/ image. with the hat on, as these days my eyesight is not good, I imediately see either Bill or Ben the flower pot men.It just happens everytime I look at it.LOL it is all done so quick no thinking required. My eyesight is no longer good ,or what it used to coin a phrase. However my cognitive skills are stil functioning fine and dandy . It is just a visual image I have carried around since I was a child .So please please forgive me if your not impressed. I mean no harm but there is a similarity for my mind anyway They were my favourite puppets when I was a young child. Alistair.

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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#3 posted 10-13-2014 06:17 PM

Hi Dan, You can bring 2 110s together into a junction box outfitted with a plug socket. These to wires are plugged into two wall sockets with plugs and must be different circuits. These will run the machines for demo purposes. An appliance is made commercially to do this but isn’t necessary. I’m certainly not an electrician but have done it. Just don’t get zapped like I do every time I touch a cord!...... ;-j

-- Joe in Pueblo West, Colo.

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#4 posted 10-13-2014 06:34 PM

You could make an extension cord to the dryer outlet (if there is one) for a lot less than the electrician cost. You could also do the 2 120V line trick IF they are on opposite legs in the panel. But the circuits would likely have to be 20 amp as well (for the lathe) and maybe 30 amp for the bandsaw. The dryer outlet would probably already be 30 amps (or larger).

-- Our village hasn't lost it's idiot, he was elected to congress.

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#5 posted 10-13-2014 11:38 PM

I’m an American Alistair. I never heard of them, though
I did spend a year in the UK in my teens.

The hat comes from Africa, Ghana I think. Super
tough hat. It does need replacing after over
10 years of daily wear though.

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