View Full Version : Blade Welder Power

06-19-2009, 06:46 PM
I have a Kalamazoo Startrite bandsaw with an Ideal Startrite blade welder on it. I have re-wired the drive motor and blade grinder motor to run on 240 three phase but the blade welder is 460 volt only.
I have read in previous posts about using a step-up transformer to go from 240 to 480. I power my shop with a 5hp rotary phase converter. The welder draws 6.5 amps at 460. Does anyone know if a step-up transformer will work to power the blade welder, and if so what size?

06-20-2009, 12:07 AM
the harbour fr. one works pretty good used mine alot might be easier and cheaper than a transformer

06-20-2009, 01:20 AM
I've looked on ebay for stepup transformers and they look expensive. The harbor freight one might be a way to go. I've also heard talk of tig welding blades. I may try that. Thanks for the input.

06-20-2009, 03:03 AM
You might be able to find a 480 -> 240 control transformer, I'd think 2 Kva would be big enough. Connect it "backwards" to feed your welder. I probably have one 'in stock', but we're probably not close, and shipping would be expensive.