Re: 3-phase current

Hi Ed, all:

I believe that some of these designs include an idler motor, as suggested
in another post, to actually generate a third phase. This method produces
more power than simply running a three phase motor on 1 phase, although
probably not as much as true three phase power. The available power depends
on the size of the idler.

- Mike

> 	These are just capacitor starting devices, and can't supply a
> significant load.  The three phase motor runs single phase when started,
> with a large loss in output power.  I run both my milling machine and my
> lathe with such devices, and the torque "ain't what it used to be", but
> still useful for light machining cuts.
> Ed