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    I have Brunswick A-2's, 110 VAC power. Can anyone give me the power usage for one hour.
    I am trying to find out how much it costs me electrically to operate one pinsetter for one hour.
    Thanks, John

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    Re: Pinsetter Electric usage

    running while not being bowled on?..er being bowled on [img]/content/btubb/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/laugh.gif[/img] ...I have no answer either way
    but Im sure there would be a difference
    ...well...not that sure...but almost positive
    ...now if you have a yo-yo thing going on..would it use more power than it not yo-yoing?....you counting blackouts? [img]/content/btubb/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/laugh.gif[/img] how about deck lights?...what watt are they? [img]/content/btubb/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/laugh.gif[/img]
    Im not making a joke outts this...really [img]/content/btubb/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/laugh.gif[/img]
    hell...I also wanna know... [img]/content/btubb/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/laugh.gif[/img]

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    • #3
      Re: Pinsetter Electric usage

      Somebody asked a similar question about the gs pinsetters a few months ago. Brunswick did have a graph on their gs sales page showing how much less electricity gs machines used compared to A/A2 or 8270. The numbers didn't make a lot of sense to me though. I'm an electrical engineering student, and I'm sure they were using wrong units, the numbers seemed to be out of proportion is what I mean. Maybe it was just salesman numbers, ie having no relationship to reality.

      Anyway, as a rough guide, check the manufacturer's plate on the motor. It should be stamped with a power rating, either in horsepower(hp) or kilowatts (kW). 1 horsepower is about 750watts = 0.75 kilowatts.
      the amount of electricity to run the motor is the power rating of the motor, in kilowatts, multiplied by the time in hours. A 1 horsepower motor run for 1 hour uses about 0.75kWh of electricity (kilowatt-hour is a standard unit of electricity supply). It will actually be less if the machine is running, but no one is bowling, since the motor is not fully loaded. Add probably another 100 watts for auxilary equipment on the pinsetter - pit light, 1st/2nd ball lights, mag clutch, etc.
      for power lift, ball accelerator/booster, the same applies as for the pinsetter motor.

      A few things to be aware of, this is a rough guide only, it will vary of the motor is underloaded or overloaded, also electricity supply companies often have special charges associated with industrial users, and tenpin is often classified light industrial because of the nature of the machinery. There are things called power factor and peak demand that can be charged, I won't go into details here.

      Background info if you want / need
      electricity is a form of energy, the standard unit of energy is joules. Motors, lights, etc are rated in watts/kilowatts/horsepower. These are units of power, power is defined as the rate of conversion (or use) of energy, and 1 watt = 1 joule used in 1 second (1W = 1J/1s). Thus, the unit kilowatt-hour is
      1000J/s x 3600s. The seconds cancel out, and lkWh = 3600x1000J = 3.6MJ, so it is a measure of the amount of energy used

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      • #4
        Re: Pinsetter Electric usage

        Hey Goodgreaf
        Thanks for the formula, I love how mathematics is used in electricity.
        Being good in math during school(the only thing I was good at other than skipping)
        If I would have known then what I know now!
        Anyway wattage equals volts times amps.
        If you know you are using 115 volts you could hook an amp meter around a lead going to the breaker and use some math to find out what the watts are under load and when idling.
        That would be just for the pinsetter.
        You would also have to do the same thing for the power lift motor and the accelerator motor.
        Watts are actually energy being used which create heat(that is why a motor or coil is warm)
        Resistors have wattage ratings which indicate how much heat a resistor can dissipate.
        The more I learn about electricity the more I am inthralled on how it actually works.
        To think that are standard electricity at 60 hrtz is changing direction and magnitude 60 times a second mind boggling.
        Graham

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        • #5
          Re: Pinsetter Electric usage

          Boy that's confusing, I think I will take a guess and estimate a dollar per hour between all the electrical components that run one pinsetter.
          John

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          • #6
            Re: Pinsetter Electric usage

            I would call your electrice co. Give them all the details on the machines let them give you the results.
            bye.

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