I am considering getting a 220 volt table saw but have 220 volt
available at the entrance to my garage and would have to have an
extension cord of 10 feet or so.
Is that a problem and if not are they comercially available? I have
never seen anything in 220 but am not use to the search.
IME, 220v extension cords are hard to come by locally, and cheaper to make
yourself. Just use the proper gauge wire, preferably stranded for an
extension cord, for the amperage of your circuit, and you will be fine.
For my table saw I made a 15' extension cord out of the 10 ga stranded wire,
which is the same size in the circuit to the receptacle. Male and female
plugs are generally available at the BORGs.
On Sun, 28 Nov 2004 16:47:15 -0600, email@example.com (Ron Truitt)
generally you make your own.
go buy a heavy duty 50' cord and cut 15 ' off of the female end.
get a 220v plug to match your receptacle and useit and the 15' piece
to replace the cord on your saw.
also get a 4square double gang box with a cover and a couple of 110v
receptacles to go in it. wire that into the remainder of your 50'
cord. very useful...
A good electical house will have them, Grainger, McMaster Carr, MSC
will also have them if you are in the US. You just get some SO or SJ
cord the correct gauge. Hubbell is one brand. Pass & Seymour is
firstname.lastname@example.org (Ron Truitt) wrote:
I have seen them in commerical wholesale business. Why not make your
own. Ten feet would not require large gauge cable. The main thing is 4
wire cable and 220v m/f connectors. 12 gauge wire should be sufficient.
Keep in mind the longer the wire the less voltage at the other end.
On Sun, 28 Nov 2004 16:30:06 -0700, Rebel \(Ron\) wrote
For a typical 3hp table saw you'll only need 12 gauge wire. Look for sales or
buy a 25 foot extension cord. Cut the ends off and install 220v plug and
receptacle that corresponds with your 220v socket and table saw plug. You
might need to install the receptacle in a metal box with the appropriate
strain relief to clam onto the cord. A nicer alternative is to buy the
sheathed 10 gauge 3/wire rubber covered (usually black) cut to your required
length. One wire to each hot and ground.
I use two different pattern 220 volt extensions for machines that cannot be
moved close enough to any of the six 220 outlets I currently have. In many
cases, there simply is NO way to move the machine close enough to the outlet.
Short cords. Blocked outlets (with wood or other machines). Those are only
I haven't found any commercially available 220 extensions, but there probably
are some. They're easy enough to make.
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Lowes usually has some in stock. Typically though you either have to make
up an adapter cable to get it to plug into whatever socket you have in the
wall and another one at the other end or change the plug on the machine to
match the cord. Or you need to cut the connectors off and replace them
with connectors that match your machine and outlet, in which case you may
as well just get a 110v cord and do the same. Finding plugs that fit a
standard dryer outlet can be problematical--you may have to get a
replacement dryer cord and put a socket on the other end of it that takes a
readily available plug.
Reply to jclarke at ae tee tee global dot net
Again, a very informative thread.
One thing which hasn't been mentioned, is the importance of
strain-relieves. When using a twist-lock plug, the amount of pull on a
'tripped-over' wire can be enough to break away the stranded wires from
the attachment screws. Make sure that the strain relief is suited for
size of the wire chosen.
Sometimes people think they need to go to heavier gauge wire when the
voltage doubles, while in fact the opposite is true.
my 2 cents worth ($33.00 Canadian)
Get a 25 or 50 ft, 12-2 /w/ ground, molded cord set of whatever voltage is
available at the lowest price.
Cut off the female end and wire into saw.
If not already 240V, cut off male plug and rewire with 240V plug.
It is how I rigged mine.
I found a 30ft cord with molded 120v ends that was cheaper than 15ft
of cord. I cut it in three pieces and added 220v connectors to the
middle piece. I put the appropriate 120v connectors on the other ends
(10ft and 5ft), and have a couple heavy duty cords in handy lengths
for other tools.
They are hard to find.
What I did was to buy a 25 foot, 12 gauge, 120 volt, extension cord. Loop
off both ends, add an approprite male plug on the one end and completely
remove the original cord on the saw an install my new 25 footer. Cheaper as
you only need one plug, and no hassle with "one more cord" lying about.
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