I had a static phase converter on my milling machine for quite a while. It worked...mostly, but I could stall the motor without trying too hard. With a static converter, the motor puts out only about 60% of its rated power.
The simplest thing to do is swap the motor.
Or look into a variable-frequency drive (VFD) from a place like www.dealerselectric.com .
Or, if you feel ambitious, build a rotary phase converter. There are plans on the Internet -- I don't have a link handy, but maybe somebody else does. Basically, you get another 3-phase motor about 2X the size of the one you actually want to run and put what amounts to a static phase converter on it to get it to start, then take the power for the machine motor off the 3 terminals of the extra motor.
But the easiest thing to do is swap motors.
[This message has been edited by SGW (edited 11-03-2003).]
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