I'm moving overseas and have some Festool 110V 60hz tools to bring. They are
much cheaper here in the US, so I thought I would stock up. I was looking at
the 150 sander & asked the dealer if he could get the European model which
would be 50hz. He said he couldn't & that Festool had told him their
American tools would not work in Europe. Anyone any experience with this?
I've brought other items over and used a transformer to step down the
voltage from 220 to 110. I know the hz can cause issues such as the tool
running about 17% slower (50hz/60hz), but not work at all? Doesn't sound
Most small hand tools use a universal motor which makes them immune
from frequency problems since the motor converts everything to DC;
however is does not address the voltage difference and therein lies
If you add an isolation transformer rated for 50Hz service and run it
in step down mode, problem solved.
A 2 KVA x'fmr will handle most small power tool applications that are
15A or less.
There are voltage converters, they plug into the outlet and you plug your
item into it. They were never cheap but GIs generally sold theirs as the
headed back to the States. If it was designed to run at 60hz, it will run
slower on 50hz, it's also going to run hotter.
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