More wiring questions on old tools
I asked this question over on Wood Online a long time ago and never got an answer,and after reading the long debated wiring question on 115 volt versus 220 volt, that made me think of this question...
Is it possible to run your shop tools on DC powered electrical motors? Are there any other advantages to them other then being able to reverse direction so easily? I mean do they have more torque? Do they run cooler? Do they give you more power per given horsepower rating?
The reason I ask is, I am an old railroader with lots of connections with the railroad still. As everyone knows all a locomotive is, is a huge generator on steel wheels.I don't want to count all the 1 hp, 3 hp and 5 hp electrical motors I changed out over the 10 years I worked on locomotives. I can still get those motors for my own shop tools, but they are all DC powered at 75 volts. An odd voltage I know, but hence railroad life...it is an industry unto its own.
I could either run those electrical motors as is by getting a transformer to convert to 75 volts DC, or convert DC motors to AC...if that is possible?
I have no intention of traveling from birth to the grave in a manicured and well preserved body; but rather I will skid in sideways, totally beat up, completely worn out, utterly exhausted and jump off my tractor and loudly yell, "Wow, this is what it took to feed a nation!"