Do any of you Ladies and Gents know of plans for a Rotary type converter or a dealer charging less than the price of my house for the finished product? I have a Colchester Chippy and a Churchill T&C grinder to run but no 3phase in the Mr Volts department. Whilst I am insane I am not stupid, my past was as electrical engineer, I understand the principals but do not want diverting from the job in hand if a ready made plan exists. Some of the gloat postings are very funny, as are some of the "what I just missed" or "If only I had the space for it". A few sights from the past 10 years: South Manchester technical college closes Eng` Dept` in 1980`s, in the skips are universal millers, surface grinders and tooling. Boxes of metrology gear are emptied in there too, local scrap dealer (later to serve time for swindling Liverpool docks weighbridge -naughty boy!) has field day paying scrap value then selling machines on to India. Philips plant in Blackburn, 1990`s: J+S 540 surface grinders in the very best condition, a few sold to dealers for £100, the rest skipped when the company started winding up. Same place; skips filled with lab-grade surface plates, sine tables and angle-plates. One of my customers just recently, "sorry Ian, didn't know you where interested" in response to disbelief that a Union pedestal grinder had been launched into the skip, the same man then recalled that the Norton fly press nearly holed the skip when pushed off the stackers forks. I could go on with this stuff but I will leave It at that, I feel a depression coming over me, Oh the aforementioned college kept some micrometers for the Art&Design Dept`, they used them as little welding clamps, small G-clamps If you will. I am sure some of you have had bargains too; my own glory days came with nice Colchester for £200 inc 6 chucks, a box of Swiss and some German slide callipers and mikes for a few cans of Ale. Don't you all just hate that "Oh we skipped all that gear last month, took scrap value for it"? Happy metal-cutting to you all and remember Its easier to remove the stuff than It Is to put back on, unless you`re a metal sprayer! Regards, Ian.
20 years ago