I have a No. 4 which the seller informed me has a 3 phase motor, I only have access to single phase power. I would be grateful to know of anyones experience of such matters. Did you change the motor or get a converter? If you used a converter it would be great to know what sort of rating I require, as they vary a lot in price. If you changed the motor, what sort of power do I need? I am in the UK (different power to you guys in the US).
Thank you for any advice, Alistair
First, it should be noted Alistair’s Vandercook was made under license in London by F.A.G. Equipment Ltd. (more on this in a forthcoming post). A Chicago-built No. 4 will have a 1/4 HP single phase motor. I would think that this would be sufficient for the British-built one as well, so my guess is that a 3 phase motor was installed to accommodate the wiring of a commercial building in which it was used. I’m certain that there is an electric motor repair service in London that could replace the motor. The may be cost a bit higher than for a phase converter.