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Subject: Re: X-Ray Transformers
Date: Nov 14, 1:26 am
Poster: Carl Willis

On Nov 14, 1:26 am, Carl Willis wrote:

Your average dentist (mine included!) is basically clueless about how his equipment works. And furthermore, the dental machines are just not made for the fusor job- the transformer and tube are an integral unit and frequently the high voltage transformer is driven by high frequency power from an inverter. I've got a guy in North Carolina who sold me a good ol' fashioned unit and has a few more- Jim Wells, i'd be happy to give you his number. Great dude, knows what he has very well. Make sure you've looked where you're most likely to find the things locally though- at the machine repair places. Go for a little mammograph transformer or for a bigger chest machine. You will have too much trouble with the dental ones.

>My second question is how does it fit in with the X-ray machine. In one call, I took the liberty to ask if the machine is directly hooked up to the wall and they told me that it was and that it was fixed. So questino #2 is is it built inside the machine or am I missing something here?

The transformer that you are looking for will be a separate piece from the table and tube head and other stuff. Mine is 230-volt single phase in. Unless you get three-phase power you need to stay away from the 3-phase units. They plug right into the wall, but use ballasts and a variac to protect you and your transformer.