VFD or Static phase converter on Clausing 1301

I brought home a Clausing 1301 lathe not long ago as a new addtion to
the home shop. It has a Doer 5hp 2 speed 208V 3ph motor. It runs
fine off the the 15hp phase converter I have for the larger lathe and
mill, but where I want to put it in the shop I don't have any 3 phase
wiring installed. There is a 220V 1phase outlet in place but I can't
find any 5hp 1 phase to 3 phase VFD's for less than ~800 bucks.
Since I'm not going full load a static converter would be fine -but
apparently they won't work on two speed motors. Anyone try this with
success? I'm also worried about using a VFD with a non VFD rated
motor, since this motor is a special mount ie. v exp to replace.
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I am using a VFD on my logan/powrmatic lathe, I kept the original motor, so far, no problem - so I don't think you need to get too excited about VFD rated motors - I use a static converter on my mill because it has a multispeed gear box, and one capacitor and one relay is a heck of a lot cheaper than a VFD (and also it achieves it's "rapids" function by reversing the traverse motor, which would not be to the liking of a VFD even if I added one)
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William Noble
Almost all VFDs in this size range will operate on single phase, regardless of whether or not they're rated for single phase input, though it's considered wise to derate the drive when doing so. If it were my lathe, I'd be comfortable with a 7.5HP drive.
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have no idea whether that specific drive is suitable. The most obvious bit of missing info is whether it's a 230 or 460 volt unit. Most mfrs have manuals and full specs online.
I've tried it *without* success. One of my lathes has a 2-speed motor, and it was not happy with a static converter.
Unless it's a very old motor, I wouldn't be concerned.
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Ned Simmons
VFDs and two speed motors don't play well together IIRC.
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Grant Erwin
VFD's do not work well with a switch between the VFD and the motor. If you are very careful, and never switch the motor speed switch, while the VFD is powering the motor, you may be OK. That said, my motor supplier claims that any NON-VFD rated motor will always fail, sooner or later. I have had no failures, yet.
I have 2 VFD's working fine, I love them. One on a VFD rated motor, one not. Dave
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Mechanical Magic
If the motor is a 220/440 V motor, it has heavier insulation, and will last longer with a VFD. You can also put in a set of inductors to reduce the high voltage spikes reaching the motor.
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Jon Elson
I am not an expert in VFD - but they vary the frequency to change the speed. Some motors are designed for just that and have special alloy metal. Older and non-vfd types respond differently to other than 60 or 50 Hz - the base frequency they were designed for.
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