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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 09-30-2012, 02:13 PM Thread Starter
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Hello, I'm new to these fourms but have been woodworking since 81. Have had a craftsman 10" 1hp since 84 and have now bought a Rocwell Unisaw approximately 25 yr"s old. Looks great except for the 3hp 3ph motor which runs great but don't have 3ph power. Looking into static converters but don't know much about them. Has anybody had any experience with them?
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Francis, since this section is for introductions many members do not read questions like yours. Ask in our Tools and Woodworking section and you will get some help. I know there are multiple answers in threads over the years but there are most likely newer and less expensive solutions.

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Thanks for the info. May take me awhile to figure this site out. Looking forward to visting with all of you.
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Hi Francis and welcome to the forum. I don't have a converter but a friend did. He also had several tools that were 3 phase which made it more economical. Used 3 phase machines can often be gotten very cheaply at auctions because most don't want to use a converter. His converter worked fine and he was happy with it. This was a while back and they may be cheaper now.
Changing motors won't be cheap either. I have a Delta Unisaw and they use a special motor frame that is basically proprietary.

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You are right about that, ordered the motor, cost almost as much as the saw and still have to deal with the motor starter when I get it but I think I'll be happier with the motor rather than the converter. Feel like I'm still in a good price range. Will have about 800 in it when done. Saw looks in great condition. have'nt found anything wrong yet.
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You are right about that, ordered the motor, cost almost as much as the saw and still have to deal with the motor starter when I get it but I think I'll be happier with the motor rather than the converter. Feel like I'm still in a good price range. Will have about 800 in it when done. Saw looks in great condition. have'nt found anything wrong yet.
I love my unisaw and I'm sure you will too. I bought mine about 15 years ago for around $2500. I think they are closer to $3500 now so $800 for one, and with a new motor, is a pretty good deal I would say.

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It has to be a great upgrade from my craftsman that I have been using for 30 years even though it has been good to me, I'm looking forward to the 3hp motor and 52 inch fence. I'm very happy with the price, but still trying to convince my wife its a great deal.
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It has to be a great upgrade from my craftsman that I have been using for 30 years even though it has been good to me, I'm looking forward to the 3hp motor and 52 inch fence. I'm very happy with the price, but still trying to convince my wife its a great deal.
Find an ad for a brand new one and she'll start to come around.

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