Check e-bay for a three phase idler motor. Get a couple of caps. Set
up a rotary converter. In a one man shop, you can't use more than about
one tool at a time (figure in the compressor running by itself when it
will). A converter big enough for the Unisaw will run anything else you
might, in the future, want to add on. Heck of a lot cheaper than 300
bucks and you're set to do whatever you want in the future. BTDT.
I have used a static converter when I had my Yates 18 inch and it worked
I have built rotary converters from old 3 phase motors for friends in the
past. If I can't find an easy solution I might just do it again.
To me, the rotary solution with a good, quiet old motor is so simple.
They are dirt cheap. I actually have three around. The first was a two
horse. Wanted to run something larger so went shopping for motors.
Ended up buying a 7 1/2 and a ten. All work well but I don't really
need them all. Don't have 100 bucks wrapped up in the three including
the caps and relay.
Not trying to gloat. The problem, is I am trying to set this shop on a
budget. I am used to pro tools but can't afford them.
I just bought a 1o inch saw (Delta) on a 10 foot welded frame with huge
wheels. It has an eight foot long Excalibur sliding fence on the left, a
unifence and a 6 foot table on the right and out feed tables all built in to
an 80 square foot package. The problem is the tablesaw seems kind of wimpy.
It is a Delta and has a cast iron top but a sheet metal base. I just happen
to have this 3 phase Unisaw sitting around unused and thought I should use
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