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 Posted: Sun Aug 11th, 2019 11:37 pm
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Sean Campbell
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Hello All!

I was wondering where the best place to buy a Variac is. I know they are on eBay, but I tend not to like online shopping. Does anyone have a recommendation for a hardware store that carries them? Thanks!

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 Posted: Sun Aug 11th, 2019 11:45 pm
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Russ Huber
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Flea market/antiques expo. Especially the big ones. One day I picked up 2 functional variacs for $15 a piece. The lowest amperage rating was 7.5 Amp.  These variacs were worth far more than that.

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 Posted: Sun Aug 11th, 2019 11:52 pm
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Michael Rathberger
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Talk to George and see if he will sell the calrad he's getting from me. It's a nice, clean machine and will make a nice project for you to wire up right. At 5 amps it'll do what you need for a long time.

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 Posted: Mon Aug 12th, 2019 12:11 am
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Lane Shirey
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You apparently missed the one I had for sale at fanfair it was a good deal. 

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 Posted: Mon Aug 12th, 2019 12:57 am
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I've gotten mine from another club member, from ebay, several from antique radio swap meets.   I look for the older US made ones from the 1960s-70s.

More info-
http://earlyfans.blogspot.com/2011/02/powering-early-fans.html

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 Posted: Mon Aug 12th, 2019 01:26 am
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Dave McManaman
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Steve Stephens wrote: I've gotten mine from another club member, from ebay, several from antique radio swap meets.   I look for the older US made ones from the 1960s-70s.

More info-
http://earlyfans.blogspot.com/2011/02/powering-early-fans.html
Great article Steve.  Very informative!

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 Posted: Mon Aug 12th, 2019 01:32 am
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Steve Stephens
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Thank you Dave.  A Variac can be very useful in running old fans, both to keep the voltage down to where it was back in the days and to slow the fans down for quieter running.

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 Posted: Mon Aug 12th, 2019 02:19 am
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Sean Campbell wrote: Hello All!

I was wondering where the best place to buy a Variac is. I know they are on eBay, but I tend not to like online shopping. Does anyone have a recommendation for a hardware store that carries them? Thanks!

Hi Sean! 

I am getting 2 from Mike as he said and I will Sell the Calrad unit... if your interested... split the cost with me and it is yours...
Let me know...

Geo...

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 Posted: Mon Aug 12th, 2019 04:26 am
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Don Tener
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Brand new on Ebay, 5 amp 110 volt. $39.60 free shipping


https://www.ebay.com/itm/5Amp-110V-Variac-Variable-500W-AC-Power-Transformer-Regulator-0-130V-5A/263904634533?hash=item3d71f126a5&_trkparms=ispr%3D1&enc=AQAEAAAC8KvsXIZtBqdkfsZsMtzFbFsbX3WcW5fmB%2Fx7ZbaZTyex5aKdWb3SbsE9ZLOqR56g%2BGvKPgYvnwnaidYpVNpfij4O5gJjY5J5fQ6GZZJCwjNwuPFa8DU2zJcLuUBz9yTd%2BqGat6CDXUgHUg%2Bz%2BSUx1T4sz4O1kgQvKeEAz1GKmRHJ5OmXCMfUg8r%2BG2%2FtssHdX9uCzNAQfUXpruyDzULFbdsXlspClVF3YYddMmmPtBAmJxZ46LjsLLLKz66JpKnOYtx8srSrWsD%2BgZfzUdwZ2I5p2X%2FF%2B4YfXPJBjlX0PAYrGyGZXOxPHi%2BJPLisem22nyN42jKXsFC0KmyaT%2Bkqvpu0X8Df%2BPBHf5Aokb5ApOYDp1YmykcJwjNybf9JoJUMOVhDX5u6YmMYrTZCdxHNHEK8yv9kojNlq8x%2BB%2FK%2Fqu9PBtRdvHvLeO2KmqnHp6kCPPf1oyS2biWJCmJvdbKZ%2FaTjitQZXimlunBuZFXUxXaV%2B2JoNVCFRiG6hEDeBGRYEtBvlrr1VnO0YE5u1uv5rejDcvmqPmwSklsyuda9rs1IUgSabn%2F6BfqRCZhPCPdIIAYXgtiFYTT%2FZgmHSqXWiXaRTE80oqoW8W058B0z5wCrbppKvaRTG3F7eI2rrfLbLLsTbm5Wsx6Q7uO9kiCEFY2Rcx0JUZhLCatJ6aCuHHUVVO2G0aq%2Bn07d09NuPMllVFXmRBVgpiBAOt9Z2Q0sfhph91x2yYc8BsHrsr0LF%2BKEz8qEII93iLxqCueMIfluHgSDNHzb06oUbSL7xsmF3eCfYSxINLr9ZZxLlSLbev2OTFSPjv95tONVj4PI%2BCMUfFdNdPk%2Bxsitr1eQ98SY68e38uipTiZ732pcFfuczSQpLb%2FLWxwuRksQCX9YWzYlerPGfKFrevlU031pL5%2BtgyDPD%2Bj5EkyUfettClwC%2BLLVFXGjWIu2J80ovyC1h7YTF5O4b8%2B%2FmTmIwyOuYK3X%2FNZUOPdnyOKKjPf6EReEtg%2FH&checksum=263904634533a230b43a60404b728061f7c10e23386a



Last edited on Mon Aug 12th, 2019 04:27 am by Don Tener

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 Posted: Mon Aug 12th, 2019 02:16 pm
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Michael Rathberger
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All great options Sean. I'm sure Lane's will work, he knows what he's doing. I have not had any experience with the model Don posted, never had my hands on one. The Calrad is probably from the 70's. A clean, safe machine.


 


I sold a variac to another member at FanFair to run a  couple of big fans he had at the show. It was a 5 amp model, handled both of them with ease and he was able to tune them down to about 70 volts after first getting them started and they ran beautifully. Whatever you choose, it's a good tool for the bench especially as Steve Sherwood said in another of your posts, running a 104V fan at household current might cause an issue now and then. Good luck.

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 Posted: Mon Aug 12th, 2019 05:03 pm
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Sean Campbell
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Thanks everyone for you input! I have sent the Don a PM. :D

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