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RE: Planning ahead- running power to the garage

Subject: RE: Planning ahead- running power to the garage
Date: Fri, 1 Nov 2002 14:40:52 -0600
I totally agreed with Eric on this. The newer speed control phase converters 
(what is their real name?) are great. They adjust the number of cycles per 
second to adjust the speed.

Mark V.S. in Austin, TX

-----Original Message-----
From: Eric Murray []

On Fri, Nov 01, 2002 at 11:39:33AM -0800, John Miller wrote:
> >> My thoughts are (aside from the 60 amp 220 service and a sub panel in the
> >> garage):

> I'm trying to figure out whether it's desirable to talk to PGandE about 
> putting in 3-phase power as a hedge against my scoring a decent used 
> Bridgeport sometime in the next year.

I don't know for sure, but I'd bet that's significantly more
expensive than the $2-500 it'll cost for a decent 3ph converter...
plus the better ones of those will let you adjust the speed of
the 3ph equipment its driving, or even reverse it.

Some people on the mill-drill list are even replacing their 1ph motors
with 3ph motors plus converters so they can set speed electronically
and not have to mess with belts.

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