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Can I operate a 230V, 50 Hz, 500 W german oscillating saw

  1. Mar 10, 2015 #1
    Can I operate a 230V, 50 Hz, 500 W German oscillating saw in the US? I purchased for it a 1000 W step-up voltage converter in order to convert to 110 V, 60 Hz electricity used here in US. I am worried that 1000 W may not be enough. I am using the unit for 3-4 minutes at a time, once a week.
     
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    Those beautiful "Feins." Never had mine get hot, but it's made for U.S. mains. Kilowatt converter should keep it happy.
     
  4. Mar 11, 2015 #3
    Thank you, the unit is an "Elektrik Power" cast saw. I was worried about the switch from the German 230 V, 50 Hz to our 110 V 60 Hz and the overheating of the tool.
     
  5. Mar 11, 2015 #4

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    Wait a minute --- the converter does take 110 V 60 Hz and put out the 230 V 50 Hz?
     
  6. Mar 11, 2015 #5
    The 1000 W voltage converter is a step-up/step-down unit and I assume that being operated here in US will take 110 V and 60 Hz. The German tool is meant to operate under 230 V, 50 Hz and 500 W. The manufacturer just email me that it should work.
     
  7. Mar 11, 2015 #6

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    Might run a little faster this side of the pond, 60 vs. 50 Hz. Thought I'd double-check you.
     
  8. Mar 13, 2015 #7
    If you can find the service manual - you may see the motor connections and determine what type it is using. If it is a universal motor you will probably be OK.
     
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