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Thread: VFD drive a PSC motor?
04-17-2010, 04:49 PM #1
VFD drive a PSC motor?
Like the title says, can I drive a low power PSC motor with a VFD, assuming I remove the start cap? I realize the start winding is probably 90 degrees out of phase rather than 120, but will it work? It's for low cost speed control of a PSC circulator pump. I can get the VFD's for about $30 or so. A true variable speed PSC control is MUCH more expensive.
04-19-2010, 08:17 PM #2
There ARE however a few 1 phase VFDs that are designed to run 1 phase motors; Bardac / Sprint and Anacon both sell a VFD made by a company called Invertek (from the UK) that is a nice drive. They ONLY work on PSC and Shaded Pole 1 phase motors, no modification of the motor is necessary. But the VFD is going to cost you more than $30.
Where are you finding a $30 VFD anyway? FleaBay? Be wary of cheap used VFDs, they can be junk.
04-20-2010, 05:33 AM #3
04-21-2010, 06:08 PM #4
yes, you are correct, 1 phase motor, 2 windings, 90 degrees phase angle. The VFD's I've been seeing are on ebay, but lately, I was thinking the automation direct GS1's are a better deal, as they work on modbus and my plc can directly control them. Now I just need a circulator with a 3 phase motor....