I have an iron which is designed specifically for use on the cloth of a
snooker, (like pool), table. It is from the UK and of course is 250V, and
has an internal fuse of 13 amps. I know that the UK system is 250V from
the phase leg to neutral. My question is, can I attach a 20 amp, 220V plug
and plug it into the 220V outlet that I have for my table saw? That would
mean connecting the neutral and phase wire of the UK cord, to the two phase
wires of my outlet, but seeing as it is purely an inductive heating load, I
suspect it will work without a problem. Am I correct on that score?
I agree it should work on the us 220. I would check with an meter to
make sure no exposed metal is connected to what would be the neutral
in the uk.
Odds are good you could achieve the same results with an ordinary us
iron though. What's so special about your pool table iron?
Perhaps an ordinary iron would work, but this iron is specifically designed
for snooker tables. The surface of the iron is rectangular rather than 'pie'
shapped. Rather than ironing back and forward as you might with a shirt or
pair of pants, it is used in straight rows the length of the table and in
the direction of the cloth nap.... thus a rectangular surface ensures an
even amount of contact time across the row. Unlike ironing clothes, the
purpose is to lay down the nap of the wollen clothm rather than remove
wrinkles. Also the surface area is considerably larger than any regular
iron I have seen. This table has a playing area of 6 x 12 feet, so there
is a lot of area to cover, and the recommendation is to iron at least a
couple of times a week. Yes, I could probably have got by with a regular
iron, but I have spent a considerable amount to import this table from the
UK, and iron recommended by the vendor, was only a small part of the total.
Thanks for your reply,
Probably not even cooler. All the irons I've seen for clothes have a
thermostat that cycles them on and off. Would suspect this is
probably the same, since they would want to make sure it doesn't get
so hot it burns the cloth.
Should be fine, and along with checking no contact between what was
the neutral and the frame make sure the 'Earth' is connected to the
ground pin of the outlet.
We have done same thing here and have 230- volt outlets at our three
work benches. We use therm for a) Welder b) Bench saw c) 230 De Walt
tool battery charger etc.
BTW a 10% increase/decrease in voltage is approximately a 20% increase/
decrease in wattage! Since most appliances are thermostatically or
otherwise controlled it makes little difference especially with a
resistive heater type device.
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