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Old 15 February 2013, 14:45   #11
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No, he bought it all but never used it. Some stuff is outside and would be hard work to restore but the stuff inside is ok.
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Old 15 February 2013, 14:59   #12
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If your fathers converter looks like it has a motor attached to it then its most probably a 'rotary converter' which uses a donkey motor to create the third phase. This is good news as rotary converters (contrary to static converters) produce a very good quality sine wave...not perfect but very good never the less.

You need to check the input Kw rating of the compressor motor and then compare this to the output rating of the converter...if the converter rating is higher by at least 10-15% then you should be OK to use it to drive the compressor.

You will more than likely need a 16amp (minimum) single phase supply for the converter though although this depends obviously on the output power rating of the converter itself.

What make is the compressor BTW?

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Hummm... its three words and it has industrial in it and its blue.
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Old 15 February 2013, 15:14   #14
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Hummm... its three words and it has industrial in it and its blue.
Got some pics on my phone, not really of the compressor but it can be seen in the background.

I want to keep anything I can use for rib stuff
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Stick to the grinder you could put some polishing discs on for stainless
And the band saw
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Old 15 February 2013, 16:11   #16
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Got some pics on my phone, not really of the compressor but it can be seen in the background.

I want to keep anything I can use for rib stuff
Fook me is that a 3 phase bench grinder
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Old 15 February 2013, 16:24   #17
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Got some pics on my phone, not really of the compressor but it can be seen in the background.

I want to keep anything I can use for rib stuff
Looking at the colour, it looks like a Clark industrial compressor....they're not bad.....for the money.

The small Sip band saw is worth keeping, especially if your into fabricating stuff...makes cutting lengths of steel so much quicker and neater.

The bench grinder is old but probable still much better than the stuff you can buy nowadays (made in China shite...unless you want to spend big money of course).. the lathe looks like possibly an old Myford which could very well fetch a few hundred quid if you sold it.

What did your Dad do?

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He was an 'old school' engineer, you know the 7 year apprenticeship type

Drove me insane that we had to build a machine for a couple of weeks to do a job that would have taken us 5 mins

But it was like growing up in the A Team.

He retired through ill health due to his heart and was very frustrated at home but he wanted to build the best workshop ever but filled it with projects.

Sadly he died just 4 weeks after he found out that he might have cancer. it's a tough challenge sorting stuff out, but I enjoy remembering the things we used to get up to.

A few days before he died I got his land rover and parked it next to the room where his bed was and we snuck out and I drove him round his field and showed him all his stuff. When he was asleep I had been out there cleaning up the place and he said he was so proud.

He said he had lots to tell me but he died two days later so he never had time.
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You will more than likely need a 16amp (minimum) single phase supply for the converter though although this depends obviously on the output power rating of the converter itself.
FWIW my 7.5HP single phase compressor motor pulls a continuous 18 amps, and 36 amps at start up. It is rigged on a dedicated 50 amp circuit.
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Oh for feks sake, wire the bugger up. If your lights go out it's wrong, if they dim then you're nearly there, if it keeps going then turn it all off and check it all in the morning.

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