So disipointed with Penn State.

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Blog entry by bigfish_95008 posted 02-27-2010 07:26 AM 1288 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

During the Christmas break I sent an email to Penn State Tools trying to get information on converting my older, bought used, DC-1B dust collector from 110V to 220V. I had checked their site and there is no info what soever on the conversion or even a PDF of the owners manual. I didn’t hear a word from them, but it was Christmas so I cut them some slack as all you would get if you called my office would have been voicemail. I sent another email requesting the same info in mid January. Again not a word from them. I sent another email last week. I mentioned that it was the 3rd email I had sent and if I didn’t get some assistance I was going to give a very negative review on Lumberjocks. Well, Monday I had just put everything away and locked up the shop when I received a call from them wanting to walk me through it over the phone. I really didn’t, and probably rarely would, have time to be walked through this particular operation. I requested that he just send me an owners manual and I would follow the directions there. I received the owners manual today. A very poor photo copy by the way. There is not one word in the manual of how to make the conversion. I know I could call them and get the info I want, but who wants to spend a bunch of time waiting in the voicemail pit. Just have the info of your complete product line up on your site and make it available to people. Now I have to start all over. Wonderful.

-- bigfish "I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it." Vincent Van Gogh

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#1 posted 02-27-2010 07:34 AM

Check your motor cover plate. There is a plate on the outside of the motor. See it it is a 120/220 volt motor. If it is then there is a little box wher the power goes into the motor. On the back side of the cover may be directions to change the connections to have the motor work on 220. If the motor is not listed to run on 110 or 220 you will need to get another motor. If it is then after you change the connections you will have to change the wiring to the motor at the panel to 220 volts and change the outlet and cord cap as well as how you start the collector.


-- John at Sugarloft Mountain........Don't argue with an idiot; people watching may not be able to tell the difference.

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#2 posted 02-27-2010 08:00 AM

No quality manufacturer is going to print instructions on how to convett thier equipment to run on an optional voltage source. They have no way of knowing the local electrical codes in your town, city, or village and therefore can not tell you what plug to put on the end of the power cord. Telling you to use a plug that matches the wall recepticle is not the correct instruction. For safety reasons mabe an electrician should be involved.

-- Nils, So. Central MI. Wood is honest.Take the effort to understand what it has to tell you before you try to change it.

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#3 posted 02-27-2010 11:28 AM

Alexander is spot on. I can say that I have a Leeson motor on me Oneida cyclone that has a diagram of both configurations of wiring which was very helpful when wiring this used machine. You may be able to contact the manufacturer of the motor (Baldor or Leeson), if your unit has a motor made by one those companies. Also with the motor model # you might be able to find info from their web sites. I hope you sort out your wiring, helping you get your shop back up and running.

-- Aaron - central California "If you haven't got the time to do it right, when will you find the time to do it over?"

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