I am scouting out locations to move all my machinery to. Iíve moved it all out of the old place, except the moulder. Iím interested in hearing about different types of machinery bases, especially wood.
Also, I have the opportunity to purchase land on the cheap without dedicated 3 phase lines. I am interested in hearing from someone who has run with a generator and a dedicated service. What are the pitfalls of a standalone generator?
Almost for sure, you would be better off buying a bigger electrical service and a phase converter.
The biggest pitfall is the added machine to maintain. It costs me about $200 every 6-10 weeks. Sound isn't too much of an issue. I have it in an enclosed trailer body with the exhaust piped out the side and heat vents moving the air. It is 150 feet from the house, and I can come in, shut the door and not hear it. Volvo is a considerably quiet motor, though. Nothing like a detroit.
Also, my mill is on a wood floor. There are railroad ties every 4 feet and 2x8 floor joists every 2 feet crossing the railroad ties. Then I have ash 6/4 flooring. I hate it. I can't wait to get a concrete floor. The mill does a good job supporting a log, but the floor doesn't. You can see on my floor where it has collapsed. I slid a 2.5' I beam, laying on its side, down the center of the mill. Now all my supports are on the I beam, and that disperses the weight better.
Comment from contributor A:
You should consider a solid state three phase converter from Phase Technologies. These devices can supply three phase power for your entire shop. They supply units from 10hp to 30hp. Unlike rotary converters they have no minimum load requirement, can maintain balanced voltage on all three phases and do not have to be oversized to handle starting currents. A 10hp converter can start a 10hp motor. They can run any number of loads simultaneously, or for a single load can utilize built-in starting and protection circuits. I have the 10hp unit and run a 9hp bandsaw and 8.5hp sliding table saw with excellent results.