Clipper 120v to 240v by changing internals

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fivelittlefish

Joined Sep 10, 2019
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Hello
My question concerns Barber Clippers and the differences between US 120v and UK 240v. I have both. I wondered what would happen if I transplanted the internals of a 240v clipper into a 120v casing, but not replacing the switch and wiring (because the US case required an Earth and the UK one doesn't). I wired the US wiring into a UK plug after researching which was Neutral, live etc. I replaced the motor, the vibrating arm and the tension springs with their 240v equivalents. When I fired it up, it still made the awful noise you'd expect from a 60hz running on 50hz and I was unable to adjust this to quietness.
What have I missed? Any help gratefully received.
 

Dodgydave

Joined Jun 22, 2012
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It's not just the Voltage but the Frequency of the mains, UK is 50Hz and US is 60Hz, the vibrating mechanics are not compatable..
 

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fivelittlefish

Joined Sep 10, 2019
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It's not just the Voltage but the Frequency of the mains, UK is 50Hz and US is 60Hz, the vibrating mechanics are not compatable..
Yes, I understand that, which is why I swapped everything out to the 240v version. So the USA Clipper now has UK 240v internal motor and vibrating arm.
 

Dodgydave

Joined Jun 22, 2012
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So you put a 240V system in the US casing and run it on 240V, and it's buzzing badly??
 
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