EarthWindandFire wrote:What I'm less sure about is the 240 volt 2-pole system we use versus the single pole system used in Europe. Various transformers are available but can a dedicated 240 volt (single pole) circuit be designed without a transformer?
Not a problem as far as 2 pole or 1 pole
...both are still single phase and electrically the same (except for the frequency (Hz, cycle), only need the voltages to match.
As for the difference between 50 Hz and 60 Hz...motors behave a little different and usually
aren't affected too badly.
My concern would be...how would all the other components be affected, such as the solid state electronics used for the control circuits.
Do you know the manufacture's electrical rating listed on the appliance?
If they are marketed in both of the 2 different electrical grid markets...they might
be *tagged* for both 50 and 60 Hz use.
Voltages are easily changed up and down with a transformer...frequency can sometimes be changed, but not so easily or economically.