Used in many situations such as home and light industrial workshops, rural, marine and with original equipment,  to run 3-phase equipment where only 1-phase power is available. The  following case studies show the ability  of Fastec Start  to be configured for both 230V and 400V operations, and  to meet the particular  requirements of each workshop machine in  a cost effective and efficient manner. The result is that owners have been able to use  very good 3 phase machines in their workshops and elsewhere without incurring the cost of 3-phase power installation.


Grinding MachineWhen Jason had the opportunity to purchase a second hand TOS HOSTIVAR grinding/milling machine, he was keen to do so as these specialist machines are hard to come by. The problem was that he did not have 3-phase power in his home workshop, and the cost of installing it was prohibitive. So he contacted Fastec Ltd who used a single Fastec Start to start and run all 5 of the grinder motors at 400V using an auto-transformer and  the machine control panel.  The only difference for Jason was the sequencing of the motor starts, and with that he was able to use the grinder from the single phase power point in his workshop. This application was the subject of an article in the Shed Magazine. If you would like to read the full article,  click here. Fastec article in the Shed magazine



Wtrblstr6                      Industrial water blasters have a hard life and so the use of 3-phase motors is preferred, but  they are often    used where 3-phase power is not available, or a generator must be used.  Fastec Start is an excellent solution to the problem. A 2.2kW, 3-phase water blaster, fitted with Fastec Start has been is use for several years, including time at an equipment hire firm. The water blaster has been used both plugged into a 1-phase power point and also using a 4Kw 1-phase generator.  Without Fastec Start, a 10Kw 3-phase generator  would have been  required just to get the motor started. The cost savings are significant!!




imagesOnce a submersible pump is down the well, retrieving it for repairs can be a costly exercise. These pumps are often used in areas where 3-phase power is not available and starting can be a problem. Fastec Start is used to run a 2.2Kw 3-phase submersible pump from either a small 1-phase generator or 1-phase supply. This reduces  cost  and also,  because it “disconnects” after the motor is started, Fastec Start  does not cause any interference on the power supply that could cause damage to the motor. To see a video of the pump running on 1-phase supply click here. To see a video of the same pump running using a small 1-phase generator click here.



Ryan belongs to a Marae (a Maori community) in a remote area in the far north of New Zealand. They have their own butchery which uses a mincing machine and a band saw, both 3-phase. The mincing machine has a 4 pole 4Kw motor and the band saw has a 6 pole 1.1 Kw motor. Two Fastec Start’s were  used, one on each machine.  With the mincing machine, because of the higher power rating, a power inductor was included in the circuit. Ryan is  an electrician and quickly became familiar with the technology. With the instructions available from Fastec, he was able to make the installations. Result – the butchery is now operating successfully.


Oiling Machine

Oiling Machine

Darrel has a business constructing  very high quality decks which use a patented concealed fastening system. The quality requires the perfect application of finishing oils and this  is achieved by using an oiling machine. These machines are  all 3-phase  but Darrel needed to be able to operate from a 1-phase supply. Fastec Start appeared to be the solution but hadn’t been used with this machine before. The machines have 4 small 3-phase motors. The Australian suppliers saw the potential and sent a machine “on appro” for Fastec to run a test. This proved successful and Fastec Start was installed with an auto transformer with  the machine controls remaining unchanged. Darrel has now coated a considerable length of decking timber using the 3-phase oiling machine running from 1-phase supplies.

CAR STACKER (and other hydraulic pumps)

FallowfieldCarpark1    Car stackers, and a range of other equipment, such as hoists and presses, use hydraulic power packs  which are easily run using Fastec Start. Much of this equipment has  3-phase motors as standard, but is used in residential and rural areas where 3-phase power is not available. Fastec Start is an alternative to the use of larger size 1-phase motors and costly conversions. Fastec Start has been tested on a 2.2kW 3 phase car stacker operating a single platform lift




The converter box (Fastec Start) arrived yesterday and like a kid on Christmas I couldn’t wait to give it a go! I hooked it back up without difficulty (thanks for the spare wire terminal ends) and on the very first go the saw was up and running. This is going to be quite a powerful piece of machinery! Thanks so much for all your support. I feel proud to be using such a clever well-designed Kiwi product.
All the best,

To see a video of Fastec running the 3-phase table saw from a 1-phase supply click here.