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Olivetti Bike Company

As the second of our many stops on our trip to Colorado, we visited with Owner and Designer, Peter Olivetti, of the Olivetti Bicycle Company.

Peter operates his business out of his home workshop in the mountains of Boulder where three-phase power is cost-prohibitive to obtain. In addition, he needs to be able to deliver the custom precision and quality his bikes are known for.

Whether you’re a small home workshop or large production, Olivetti Bike Co. is sure to offer some inspiration!

Custom Bike Maker Peter Olivetti

Olivetti Bike Co. Shop Tour

American Rotary phase converters are perfectly suited for precision metalworking equipment such as wire EDM’s, CNC lathes, CNC mills, and other voltage-sensitive applications. General Metal Fabrication equipment such as grinders, welders, shears, brakes, and benders are often run on American Rotary phase converters. Visit our metalworking applications page to learn more today.

Keith Rucker & Vintage Machinery with American Rotary Phase Converters

Many of you might know him from Vintagemachinery.org but you may know him even better as Keith Rucker – The agricultural scientist/machinist!

Come with us as we head down south to Georgia to meet with Keith and hang out at his shop as well as visit a few of his favorite places along the way.

He gives us the background on how and why he got started in machining, why he needed three-phase power, and why he chose American Rotary to make his shop what it is today.

To see more from our adventures with Keith, visit our YouTube channel. Enjoy!

My Shop and How I Got Started

My Shop Needed a Pro Solution

Why I Chose American Rotary

Keith Rucker – Vintage Train Restoration

Keith Rucker – Peanut Science and Education

To learn more about how you can get high-quality three-phase power at an affordable cost, grab our resource guide below.

Mountain Heart Woodworks

In the first of our three stops in Colorado earlier this year, we visited with Mountain Heart Woodworks. You name it and this family-owned business does it – from running a full operational sawmill, millwork, shiplap, tongue and groove, custom tabletops, finished mantles, and even supplying a large amount of lumber to the surrounding area.

For a long time, their business operated off of gas motors. However, as their business grew it didn’t take long before they realized they needed to find a more efficient way to keep up with demand. They now run their entire business off of 2 American Rotary AI Industrial phase converters running multiple motors all day, every day. Watch the videos below for their full story.

Mountain Heart Woodworks Introduction

Mountain Heart Woodworks Shop Tour

American Rotary supplies phase converters for every facet of the woodworking industry! While a single phase converter can be used to operate a single piece of machinery, woodworkers often need to start and run multiple 3-phase machines (sometimes simultaneously), which also have varying load conditions. The balanced output of American Rotary phase converters allows for the safe operation of very small, lightly loaded 3-phase machinery on the same rotary 3-phase converter as larger, hard-starting equipment. To learn more, visit our Woodworking applications page.

Garage Workshop – BBQ Smoker Build with American Rotary Phase Converters

Last month we were doing some work in Tennessee when we decided to drop in to this home workshop to see what was cooking! This video contains a lot of great information for those new to the idea of using a phase converter.

If you have a garage workshop you can probably imagine the possibilities of what you can use a phase converter for to save you both time and money. For more information about what phase converter is best for your needs, click here.

5 Machining Tips For Beginners

A few weeks ago some of the American Rotary team headed back to Indiana to visit Dusty Hicks at his machine shop, where we first met with him a couple of months earlier to get to know him and his work.

Dusty is a hobbyist and machinist who enjoys building (and shooting) cannons and working on other projects around the shop. He was kind enough to take a few moments to share with us his top five tips for those who are looking to get into machining and we are glad to show them with you here.

Recap: 5 Machining Tips and Tricks For Beginners:

  1. Don’t be afraid to make mistakes. Mistakes are going to happen. It’s how you learn.
  2. Don’t be afraid to get big equipment. You can outgrow small equipment and you can still make small and intricate pieces on large equipment such as a large lathe.
  3. Use your resources. The internet is a goldmine of information for anything you want to learn. One of Dusty’s favorites to learn from on YouTube was Tubal Cain.
  4. Be creative. Everyone’s different and has a unique perspective to offer.
  5. Have fun. It doesn’t always have to be work.

We hope you enjoyed these tips and find ways to apply them to your work. Starting out in any trade is exciting and you may even discover some things on your own over time that you feel others might like to know as well. By sharing insights with others we can all help each other by paying it forward as those did who helped us.