I have 400 amp 440V 3 phase into my shop. The demand meter is not an extra cost. It just lets the power company to charge for the power you use uncharged on the standard meter. It will wind up a total lesser charge than on a single phase 220V setup. You do see both the charges on your bill which might make a person thing the were getting higher costs. If you want to lower this charge you can put capacitors on your machines. They buffer the peaks.
Re: Installing 3 phase in your shop in reply to Dick L, 02-02-2014 13:58:49
So this is an industrial building in an industrial area? Or a Barn behind your house? I know of a guy that has a barn at his home with 400 amp service, he has a complete machine shop. Full time business, 4 employees. He did over $400k last year in sales.
Re: Installing 3 phase in your shop in reply to wile E, 02-02-2014 14:53:54
On the farm that I lived in at the time I started in 1976. The buildings were built for the business. At 75 I work mostly by myself with one full time helper plus my wife in the office. Bring in part time help when I get behind. Normally make a buck or two over expenses. Manage to work on tractors and raise miniature horses as well. When your old and set down for long ya die dontchyaknow.
Re: Installing 3 phase in your shop in reply to Dick L, 02-02-2014 15:25:38
I wish my dad had the motivation that you have.
My dad is 73 and sits and reads books, goes to the gym to stay active plays golf when the weather is good. Dad was a sales manager for years, no real blue collar skills to do anything like wood working or fabrication.
I agree that if you sit and tell yourself that your career is done then your mind says......time to check out.
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