I'm looking at buying a Hitachi M12V from the States for use in
Australia (a 240 Volt country).
They are about half the price in the US but, unless I'm mistaken, they
run on 110 volts.
Can anybody advise if it is possible to convert it to run on 240
Thanks for the response.
I thought about a transformer but big, maybe inefficient, costly?
Was hoping the factory had a convenient switch under the covers someplace.
I see these on other appliances (mainly switch mode power supplies).
Transformers are generally efficient. One that can handle the M12V will be
big and rather expensive. Devices with regulated power supplies can easily
switch from 120V to 240V. Many can automatically detect the voltage and
adjust accordingly. Devices with induction motors can frequently be rewired
to work on the different voltage. But devices with universal motors, like
the M12V can rarely make the switch. You may want to look into getting a
I agree with Al. After you pay shipping (possibly customs duty) and shell
out for a transformer you have lost any savings. Take it from me (I lived in
the States for a number of years and returned to Oz with 110v products) it
simply is not worth it in the long run. Routing whilst attached to a
transformer soon becomes a PITA.
The transformers pop fuses regularly when starting tools (even soft start)
and the decent transformers cost as much as a router. Why not buy the Triton
"AL" < firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote in message news:6zHNc.44136$eM2.4066@attbi_s51...
Thanks for the advice so far.
Since the internet took over the world I've been awoken to (and aghast
at) the effects of zone marketing.
Some regions (Europe, Australia etc) are simply being ripped off for a
broad range of products, so where possible I try to get around this
Of course this is not always possible or practical - especially when
you plug it into the wall.
As for the Triton - I supose I am leaning toward the Hitachi since it
has a loyal following over a long period of time - tried and trusted.
But since I have to buy locally, I may re-assess the situation before
shelling out 500 AUD for something that costs 220 AUD elsewhere.
It's not always "zone marketing". Sometimes it's protective tarrifs
intended to help get a domestic industry started. If the Triton is _much_
cheaper in AU than the competing brands that may be what's going on.
In some cases this is taken to a ridiculous extreme--I remember a marketing
guy for a Fortune 50 aerospace company smuggling a Spalding basketball into
Brazil for a prospective customer. They got the contract, although I hope
that price and technical merit had more to do with it than willingness to
smuggle a basketball . . .
Reply to jclarke at ae tee tee global dot net
<political opinion alert!!>
This is possible although the government in oz (past and present)
couldn't seem to care less about the local manufacturing industries. I
think the current opinion is if you can't compete with a $40 a month
worker in asia then get out.
As for power tools I can't remember there ever being a powertool
industry here except maybe for a black and decker factory once -
correct me if I'm wrong though. I don't know much about the triton
router - I think its cheaper than the M12V, not sure where its made.
OK, I know very little about electricity in general and zippo about
electricity systems outside the US, but......(now doesn't that just
scare ya), if I am not completely mistaken, in the US 240 volt is
supplied to the house via two "hots". In the breaker box this is
broken into two 120 lines and supplied through the house except where
we want 240 - then it is run with both "hots". How is the system set
up in other countries where 240 is the norm? Do they just run both
hots to all outlets? or is 240 supplied to the house over a single
"hot"? (I told ya I was clueless) If 240 is supplied over a single
"hot" then I would assume that even our (US) 240 equipment doesn't
work there (Yeah, I am ignoring the 50Hz vs. 60 Hz issue entirely). If
the 240 is distributed over 2 hots, then what is to stop you from
getting a US sub-panel and breakers and wiring up some 120 outlets?
Yeah, I know it can't be that simple, I just would like to know why.
Over 3 "hots". In Europe we have a three-phase power supply, with
230V betwen any of the "hot" wires (L1, L2, L3) and the center wire
(N), and 400V between any two "hot" wires. This way you can use the
only reasonable kind of electrical motor: The three-phase asynchronous
motor, wich does not have any brushes or other failure-prone fiddly
bits, and power does not require countless amps.
Less amps at 230 or 400, than 115, of course. Same energy, with a bit less
line loss. Save on site copper, too.
3-phase motors are cheaper to manufacture, that's for sure. Only industrial
users have 3-phase here. Imagine whatever reason led to our standard is not
the reason why we stick to it. Suspect that it now has more to do with
producer liability and that 400 available volts.
Now what I liked was the 400 Hz stuff on the aircraft. Tiny motors produced
the most amazing results.
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