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Unread 08-03-2013, 03:00 PM   #1
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fabrication is a hobby, would love it as a career, but currently more a hobby. I do fabrication and metal work on a frequent basis at work and they are nice enough to give me limited access to the tooling and machinery after house.

but there are some things that simply can't be done at work in my limited time.


so, my parents own a farm with a large shop where myself and basically all my family and some friends converge nearly every weekend for working on stuff or just having a good time. with its central location, we came together to well equip my dads shop. He has a welder, and nearly ever hand tool imaginable. Next on the list we got a 25 ton shop press, then added a small table lift, and my brother and i purchased a Tube bender.

well now things are really coming together.

10x54 ENCO mill, DRO with simple programming capabilities, virtually Brand new.

Next project is building a phase converter to power it, as well as a small 36" bed metal lathe i am working on obtaining followed by a larger welder.

after all this, the next big purchase will be a plasma cutter and table.

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Unread 08-04-2013, 12:58 AM   #2
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What kind of motor is on the mill? And what kind of voltage have you got available in your shop?

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Unread 08-04-2013, 07:34 AM   #3
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What kind of motor is on the mill? And what kind of voltage have you got available in your shop?

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it is a 3 phase 230/460 volt motor

shop is only single phase 240. however, we are building a phase converter out of an old 3 phase motor just to run this, and a few other things off of.
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Unread 08-04-2013, 08:03 AM   #4
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If the phase converter is a bust you can buy an Allan Bradley 40 drive to boost your voltage and add the other phase.
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If the phase converter is a bust you can buy an Allan Bradley 40 drive to boost your voltage and add the other phase.
the drives are nice but not nearly as efficient as a rotary converter is. we initially looked into one, but for our purposes really only a rotary will do as we plan on having multiple pieces of equipment operating off of it.

a VFD used as a converter only allows you to operate at about 70% of your rated horse power and you should have a drive per piece of equipment. with a larger rotary converter, you can operate at 100% of the rated horse power and run multiple machines off of just a single converter. plus with a rotary, you can even run things like a 3 phase welder or plasma cutter, you can't do that with a drive.
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Unread 08-04-2013, 09:10 AM   #6
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I really donít have much to add to this conversation (donít know much) so I just wanted to chime in and say wow what a great addition to your already awesome shop.
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