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jbyrd
01-06-2011, 02:36 PM
Picked up an Alva Allen BT-5 Angle Iron shear off of craigslist for $125.00. Everything is there, no cracked castings, but it's currently setup for 3 phase.

Can anyone provide me some information on Alva Allen?

I did a google search and a forum search with little results. I was not able to turn it on, but for the price I didn't think I could go wrong.

Thought, advice, history? Anything? Thanks guys!


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1932Plymouth
01-07-2011, 08:33 PM
jbyrd,
google 3 phase converters. This was the first to come up.

http://www.phaseconverter.com/

Mike

jbyrd
01-07-2011, 10:44 PM
After re-reading my post, it does seem a little ambiguous. I actually don't need information on 3 phase conversion. But information on Alva Allen itself. Wondering if anyone has any experience with these presses. Thanks!

bobadame
01-08-2011, 07:01 AM
I know they used to make punch presses. The angle shear in the picture looks like a small bench top model. If that is true it would be a simple matter to change the motor to a single phase one. It simply spins a flywheel.

Doug98105
01-08-2011, 07:34 AM
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But information on Alva Allen itself. Wondering if anyone has any experience with these presses. Thanks!

As far a s I know the company is still in business.

I have one of their punch presses.

A few years a go I got a full line catalog form them. I can't find it right now, but don't remember seeing anything like what you have. It's hard to tell from your pictures whether your press is factory made in that configuration or is a user modification.

My guess is what you've got is a standard small punch press with angle shearing dies and special guarding.

For that price I probably would have bought it too.

Doug