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  # 960280 2-Jan-2014 13:43
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hamisht: Hi all!

You can buy them here from Guilt Edge, but they charge over $NZ500 for it, so that's why i'm wanting to import it instead..


Perhaps you can complain to the manufacturer about the price their "NZ" distributor is charging. They might be appalled too. But, they also may not care about minnows. 

I'm sure they don't mind.  Once they sell it to guilt edge, it's out of their hands.

ok so they do make a 230v version.
Good on them for supporting their dealer channel...... but they probably have more than one dealer that sells the 230v unit. Have you looked at their dealers in say UK or Oz to see how their pricing compares?
(Of ccourse much of the increased cost could be the 230v motor, which would be uncommon, and higher priced, in the US)

If you had looked them up on the web you would see that Gilt Edge in NZ is the only overseas outlet that they list. They do promise than an Aussie distro is coming soon.

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  # 960330 2-Jan-2014 14:56
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oxnsox: Perhaps a silly question. Have you tried contacting the manufacturer/retailer/wholesaler to see if they offer an 'international' or 230v version? ?

They do, they list it on their website and they say that the 230V international version is available in NZ through Gilt Edge the NZ official distro.

Indeed, but their mark-up is ridiculous.  I've emailed Guilt-Edge numerous times about their tools and products, and every time i've ended up importing from USA for well under half the price (including shipping to NZ).

Is the mark up ridiculous.

The Seamer Down list price for that item is $400 which compares fairly with the Gilt Edge price. (BTW, why do you keep misspelling their name?)

The US seller to whom you linked seems to have a special price. Perhaps they buy in large quantities and get a discount from Seamer Down while the NZ distro is buing small quantities only and paying the full wholesale price.

I miss-spell their name all the time, it's just a bad habit... nothing to get worked up about don't worry lol

Yeah their list price is 399, but its currently 225 and has been for several months..  It's far cheaper than buying locally which is why I want to do it?  


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  # 960367 2-Jan-2014 17:23
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gregmcc: unlikely to be able to do a voltage conversion that would not be expensive, 1st problem 2HP motor, about 1500W, this would have to be replaced with a 230V version of this motor, unlikely to get this off the shelf, most likely have to get the motor rewound professionally, $300-$400, plus how is the motor controlled? are there electronics in the unit that can be converted to 230V?? a bit of an unknown.

Other option is get a 230V-110V 2KVA stepdown transformer, it will weigh around 50kgs and be about $800, very expensive and very cumbersome

It may not be practical in the long run.


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Thanks for that info mate, appreciate it.  Yeah the stepdown transformer is out of the question, I currently use one on a Kool Glide machine and it's a pain in the *bottom* to lug around.

Also the AC motor (and fan) will spin slower at 50 Hz rather than 60 Hz

The speed difference isn't that great, again been a single phase motor, if it's a universal motor (like used in vacuum cleaners) the speed is quite dependant on the load, but if it's a split phase or variation of, then the speed will be not goverend by load (to a point!), but will run slower at 50HZ

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