All this talk of Transformers......

Greetings all,
I'm on the lookout for a meaty transformer as the basis of a single to 3
phase converter for 3 to 4 HP
This could be an auto transformer 230 in -415 out
or
a 230in 115 out isolating transformer with some taps on the 230 volt winding
enabling me to connect mains into a lower voltage tap designed for say 210v
and put the secondary in series with the primary to get around 400-440 volts
out.
Anyone got anything lying around to swap for beer vouchers or eternal
gratitude etc??
TIA
Bob in Southampton area
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Bob Minchin
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That's one of the reasons I've got one. Haven't plumbed it in yet though... 240+110+55=405.
I'd much rather find a 240/415 transformer for a good price, but they don't seem to be as cheap or easy to get retail in on-offs at 2-3kVA sizes.
Mark Rand RTFM
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Mark Rand
If you find a source tell us! My homebrew version is running two large 415v to 55-0-55 transformers "in reverse" with series input and parallel outputs (a Pentagrid Jim suggestion). Works OK Transwave will sell you a bare tranny as a start point.
Charles
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Charles Ping
I had a transformer built for my converter by JMS transformers in Peterborough a couple of years ago, they did an 8KVA unit in a floor standing case for £155; they can be contacted by email at snipped-for-privacy@transformers.gb.com (usual disclaimers apply). Martin
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Martin Whybrow
Bob,
A few years ago someone here contacted one of the converter companies ("Boost"?) and persuaded them to sell a couple of transformers for a sensible (but not cheap) price - it might be worth a few calls.
Dave
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NoSpam
Hi Dave & other respondants
Ive been in touch with both a transformer manufacturer (Douglas) and
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The latter seem completely happy to sell the transformers that they use in their products. As an example, the tranny from this model
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they will sell for £108 plus 10.50 carriage all plus vat total 'bout £139
This is cheaper than Douglas.
I guess this is not too bad a price although more beer vouchers than I currently have to spare for the project. Maybe I could sell the excesses of Christmas socks, handkerchiefs, slippers etc on Fleabay to raise funds?
Regards
Bob
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Bob Minchin
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Hi Dave & other respondants
Ive been in touch with both a transformer manufacturer (Douglas) and
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The latter seem completely happy to sell the transformers that they use in their products. As an example, the tranny from this model
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they will sell for £108 plus 10.50 carriage all plus vat total 'bout £139
This is cheaper than Douglas.
I guess this is not too bad a price although more beer vouchers than I currently have to spare for the project. Maybe I could sell the excesses of Christmas socks, handkerchiefs, slippers etc on Fleabay to raise funds?
Regards
Bob
Bob,
I bought a transformer direct from Transwave a few years back when I made a 10KW converter (I think it's the one Tim Leech now has) - they were excellent to deal with, brought it to the ME show at Wembley (that dates it!) and the chap even lugged it into my car boot as I had a dicky back at the time. I'd done a lot of searching arround and they were the best deal I could find.
AWEM
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Andrew Mawson
Hang on until we move the factory. We used to have some 230/415 trannies for some spot welders that we sold, and I think the transformers may well be lurking under benches in the factory, covered in 20+ years of dead spiders and dust.
I'll have a tentative poke around after Xmas when we move out the coilwinding gear and have a bit of free space.
Peter -- Peter A Forbes Prepair Ltd, Luton, UK snipped-for-privacy@easynet.co.uk
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Prepair Ltd
Transformers (plural)?
Form an Orderly queue!
Mark Rand RTFM
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Mark Rand
Me too! :-)
Dave
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NoSpam
Duly hanging on Peter!!
Thanks in advance
Bob
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Bob Minchin
No promises! but they should still be there, somewhere....
Because the spot welders were 415V single-phase input, we had to have the trannies made to run them off 240V 13A sockets, and when the welders went I am sure we didn't let the transformers go with them.
We've been in the factory since it was new, 23 years this coming Xmas....
Seems like yesterday....
Peter -- Peter & Rita Forbes Email: snipped-for-privacy@easynet.co.uk Web:
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Peter A Forbes
Peter I'm putting my hand in the air aswell! Count me in if you find a horde.
Charles
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Charles Ping
Indeed. Should you find a horde, I could be interested too :-).
Chris
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Christopher Tidy
"Andrew Mawson" wrote in message>
Andrew, would that have been the converter that I gave you a whole load of capacitors in exchange for a 3 phase motor for my compressor a good few years ago? Your post just stirred my memory Bob
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Bob Minchin
I guess if we actually had a horde, we'd be looking for two new factories, not one!
New place is just round the corner from where we live, so a minute or so to walk to work each morning rather than hour and a half or more and the same at night.
Also nearly twice as big, so room for yet more junk.... :-))
Peter -- Peter & Rita Forbes Email: snipped-for-privacy@easynet.co.uk Web:
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Peter A Forbes
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Yes Bob, that's the one - many years ago wasn't it !!!!
AWEM
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Andrew Mawson

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