I have just sent Oliver Machinery an inquiry as to whether the 3 phase motors can be replaced with single phase and, if so, what their recommendations would be for replacements. I will only consider bidding on this planer if the motor(s) can be replaced. I would like to think I may be able to acquire this planer for less than $500, considering past histories of bidding on this site.
I am not knowledgeable for doing this replacement work, myself. Can anyone give me some idea of how long it should take for a competent person to replace the motors on this planer?
Though I've inquired of Oliver, does anyone know if the 3 phase motor(s) can be replaced with single phase and the planer still operate appropriately?
In the past, it has been suggested I get/use a converter (or converter system?) for 3 phase machinery. I don't know enough about all that, to know what I am supposed to be getting and how to employ/install it. I'd have to hire someone to do that, for me, and that may be a greater expense than replacing the motor(s)... I simply don't know. If simply replacing the motors can be done, I'd much prefer to have that done, if costs are reasonable. I guess what I'm driving at is: Is it easier/cheaper to replace the motor(s), if this can be done, as opposed to using/installing a converter/converter system?
Sometimes I feel I'm beating this subject in the ground. I'm researching as much as possible, in order to find and get the best deal for the best tool. This planer looks really good, it may be very affordable, it's easily accessible and I really do need a planer.