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Jewelry / tool supplier catalog prices in Australia


#1

Sorry about the confusion here. I am in the states currently, and
we are considering moving back to Australia , where my wife is from.
I am trying to get a ball park figure of what it would cost to
replace my 110volt 60hz US power equipment, with 220volt 50Hz
Australia power equipment for my shop. I do currently deal with
all of the companies that have been talked of here, including one of
my favorites for tools , FDJ. But all of the Australian equipment
(jewelry) suppliers are the ones who dont list prices. I find this
very annoying. They suggest calling for current pricing, but I find
this a little shady as tool prices dont vary like gold and other
commodities. The US dollar to Aus dollar variable should not be a
concern either, especially as they catalogs are made for Australian
jewelers anyway. My best source of prices so far is Fischer from
Germany, who by the way is well worth looking into for anyone
serious in quality tools. Prices are in Euro now so conversion is
easy if you just figure one Eruo one US dollar, give or take a
few cents. Or use an online converter. But at least they have a
price to work with.

Thanks again
Daniel
In the US, moving to Australia


#2

Hi Dan,

I am trying to get a ball park figure of what it would cost to
replace my 110volt 60hz US power equipment, with 220volt 50Hz
Australia power equipment for my shop. 

Here’s another thing to consider. If you want, your could get a
’step down’ transformer from 220V to 110V & use your 110v tools. The
difference in frequency 50 vs 60 cycle won’t cause a problem with
most machines. The motors will run a little slower. Most
electric/tronic devices are designed to work on either 50 or 60
cycle current, one obvious exception are clock motors that are
dependent on the frequency for accuracy.

I’f you opt for this solution, it may be advantageous to get a
transformer that will power more than your largest device, just in
case you want to run more than one at a time. You could equip your
shop with a dual voltage system by putting some 110V outlets at
strategic locations around the shop.

Using this method would allow you to continue using your ‘old’ tools
& may result in cost savings when replacing or buying new tools.

Dave


#3

Hi Daniel. I don’t know what kind of equipment your talking about
here,but I made the move from Canada to New Zealand about 5 years ago
and sold up most of my gear,kept some ,Foredoms,tumblers,and some
other powered tools for which I purchased a voltage converter whilst
in North America,not a very powerful one about 300 watts.Since moving
here however I find myself coming across in used equipment shops and
military surplus equipment retailers on a regular basis, bigger
versions of isolating step up transformers 120 v 60hz to 230v 50hz
10 amp.The old 300watt model has sitting in a drawer for years and 2
of these bigger fused versions each with 2 outlets now power my
machines from Canada,both purchased for under 100$. Just a thought,
for some of those tools you may have an attachment too.Cheers.Richard
in New Zealand.