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Lookin For A.C.
« on: January 13, 2004, 11:23:46 PM »
I am looking for a cheap way to get about enuff A.C. power to power mebey 500 watts of light and run the brand new Makita 10 inch sliding compound miter saw I got for Christmas. Its rated 13 amps. I have about too many engines running already at my millsite and was thinkin of the following scenario.

I currently have an 11horse Honda powering the conveyor and a sawdust sucker/blower for the edger. I have learned from watching the govner work on the Honda that its hardly workin at all.  I thought Id get a 200 amp alternator and using the Honda as a power source, charge up a few 12 volt batterys hooked up in parrellel, and get an 12 volt to 110volt inverter. I can do the scrounge thing for the alt/batterys...BUT a 3000 watt inverter is mega bucks.  Does anyone know of a source for 110 volt alternators that can be belt driven??

Any suggestions....??
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Re: Lookin For A.C.
« Reply #1 on: January 13, 2004, 11:47:59 PM »
How about one of those gen-set / welder combos designed to mount on the back of a tractor and driven off the PTO. Good for around 5kw of AC power or 200amps of welding current. If you could pick up one of those cheap it shouldn't be too trickey to hook up a drive belt from the Honda to drive the thing. Lot less complicated than alternator / battery / inverter setup?

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Re: Lookin For A.C.
« Reply #2 on: January 14, 2004, 04:59:11 AM »
How 'bout just a plain ole 4-5000 watt ac generator? Northern has them w/o motor for $370.- 42 amp@120v- might take more than 11 hp with conveyer and blower @ full load though.
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« Reply #3 on: January 14, 2004, 07:51:23 AM »
Percy,
Go with the generator  from Northern, the 11 hp Honda should handle a 5 kw generator. You can block-off the output to your blower when using your miter saw if you are short on power. This will reduce the amount of power it takes to run the blower.

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« Reply #4 on: January 14, 2004, 02:56:52 PM »
Percy,

I have to agree with everyone else, go with a generator set and power it off the engine, the inverter is going to run way too much$$$

Also you might want to try Burdens Surplus Center http://www.surpluscenter.com they have all kinds of good stuff:)

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Re: Lookin For A.C.
« Reply #5 on: January 14, 2004, 04:56:10 PM »
Hey Guys
Thanks for the info. Karl, Im from up north in Canada and am not familiar with "Northern". Could you be more specific for  a hillbilly canuck ;D ;D  Ill be checkin them other links as well. Thx again ;D
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« Reply #6 on: January 14, 2004, 05:44:23 PM »
Percy,  Here's a link for northern tool Note:Please read the Forestry Forum's postion on this company

http://www.northerntool.com/?storeId=6970&langId=%2D1

and Burden Surplus.

http://www.surpluscenter.com/

From your post I thought you were looking for Alice Cooper ;D
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« Reply #7 on: January 14, 2004, 06:13:49 PM »
Look around for an aircraft repair facility. Alot of multi eng . planes have 120 volt alt. cecil
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Re: Lookin For A.C.
« Reply #8 on: January 14, 2004, 08:35:45 PM »
There are alternators that provide 110v out plugs and they are rated for something like 15 amps 110v. I looked though all my bookmarks and could not find the site. I know it is sold by a OEM that makes aftermarket alternators.

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Re: Lookin For A.C.
« Reply #9 on: January 14, 2004, 09:02:44 PM »
any automotive alternator will produce 110v ac...the only catch is it is high cycle...not common 60hz...however you can run universal motors like drills and saws directly off it....you will be best off with at least a 100amp alternator like off a car with power windows etc.you can also use it as a welder for use in the field....I have done this and it is no big deal to set up...either use a alternator that requires an external regulator or remove the diodes from a delco type...
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