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.