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Old 08-26-2006, 09:39 PM
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LOL my first screwup

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So this farmer has an 80 gallon three cylinder 2 phase compressor for sale beside the highway ...already two guys stopped to look at it...i stop...take a quick look and figure i got to get to the house and lay down the hay before theothers ...so i give him 200 of the 650 he wants for it and tell him i ll pick it up monday...walk back out to the road the otherguys have left..i shrug...and stop to take a harder look at my nearly new compressor..not a scratch on it...I panic...its 600 volts...so how messed up am I with this Eagle compressor that can run a 5 man shop...that the city where i live will never agree to 600 volts to a 60 year old 24x12 gargage...assuming i could afford the line in if they would....

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Old 08-27-2006, 10:50 AM
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Sounds like you got a deal! Its just not for you. Sell it for $1000 and get a 60 gallon 220 volt compressor.
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Old 08-27-2006, 10:59 AM
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How many HP is that motor..?? I would check with one of the industrial motor supply houses for a 220 volt model that could run that thing..

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Even if you had to spend another $500 for a new motor, and you could probably get one a lot cheaper, you would have only $1150 in it so you still have a pretty good deal.
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gr8t compressor advice

Thanks guys ...appreciate it will hit the phone tomorrow and start asking and looking....

robert bullard toronto, canada
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I think it's 10-15 hp.....one of the guys on the side of the road who was looking at it mentioned that ....the owner didnt know very much about it.... was his dads who recently passed on...all he knew was that his dad rarely used it.
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Old 08-27-2006, 09:28 PM
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I think it is going to be very hard to find a electric motor that is not 2 or 3 phase that will make 15 horses. Thats what I would guess for a 3 CYLINDER COMPRESSOR! Sell it!
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MustBnuts,

Call the maker of the 600 volt motor and see if it can be rewired to run on 220 single phase. I have seen this on many industrial motors. Now it may not have the same horse power but if you change the pulley's on the pump and motor I think you may get the thing up and running.

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thanks again ....will call Eagle in the morning and get some feedback...thanks appreciate the info...

Henry Highrise said you guys were something else...wasnt wrong...

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If that thing is 15 HP or even 10 then sell it! About 7 1/2 HP is all that is practical for single phase 220 power and even that would be very expensive, I was thinking around 5 HP but apparently the compressor is bigger than I imagined. You can't rewire a 3 phase motor to run on single phase power but you can get a phase converter to allow one to run on single phase although I don't think you could get one to run a motor that big.
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Compressor

Check with a local Industrial Electrician he may have some suggestions for a power supply source it may not be as bad as it sounds.

If this isn't a commercial property your local electric company and building codes might be a problem.

IF this is your First screwup you must lead one charmed life, I'm already on my third for today alone.

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Remember that electric motors are rated under continuous duty -- it will put out 10-15 hp all the time. Mechanical engines are rated at PEAK power -- a 5 hp lawnmower engine will only produce roughly 3 hp continuously. If you run it at 5 hp output (assuming all stock) it would burn up after a few minutes. In other words, if that thing takes a 15 hp electric motor, it would take a 20-25 hp gas engine to run it. That's an option though, get a big two cylinder lawnmower engine to run it. Wouldn't cost to much if you could convert to natural gas and connect to the city supply....
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Farna, a gas powered compressor that size would break you up in short order! I have maintained compressors of all kinds for years including many gas and diesel powered units at the mines and they are horrendously expensive to operate besides the engine controls can be a bear to set up properly and expensive to buy.
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Spoke to Eagle

The coversion kit is only 200 dollars ...

so I'll go forward ...they said I got a great deal ...they figure that the unit I have is worth a ton ...

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Robert Bullard Toronto
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Old 08-29-2006, 10:37 AM
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If its worth a ton I would defiantly sell it. Unless your running a 5 man shop with it you really don't need all that. So you could sell it and buy a 60 gal. and still have a couple thousand profit. Lucky! Either way!
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