No...2hp is in the area of 12 amps. 3hp is going to be closer to 16-18,
depending on the motor itself. I will say that it would have been better had
the OP posted the amperage, but still, a 3hp table saw is gonna pull some
And THAT is what I based my belief on.
> The plate on my 3HP Jet planer says 15 amps.
> It's plugged into a 20 amp outlet. No problems.
You just made it by the skin of your chiny chin chin.
A thermal-magnetic c'bkr is rated at 80% of nameplate when installed
in a panel board or load center.
Thus a 20A c'bkr connected to a #12AWG conductor will handle 16A on a
Above 16A, you begin to operate on the time/current portion of the
c'bkr which is less than continuous duty.
BTW, just for reference, a 15A c'bkr connected to a #14AWG conductor
will only handle 12A on a continuous basis.
Case you are curious, it's all defined in your handy dandy NEC, a copy
of which should be on file at your local library.
A home-shop table saw doesn't even come close to being a continuous load,
defined by the NEC as "a load where the maximum current is expected to
continue for 3 hours or more."
Again: "continuous" = maximum current for 3 hours or more. Definitely not in
any home shop, and probably not in any production shop either.
Indeed it is. That same handy dandy NEC tells you that the 15A limit on 14AWG
wire is the maximum permitted rating of the overcurrent device, *not* the
maximum rating of the conductor. Table 310.16 specifies that the ampacity
(maximum current) of 14AWG copper wire is 20 amps with 60 or 75 deg C
insulation, 25 amps with 90 deg C insulation.
FWIW, the factory-supplied power cord on my JET 3HP table saw is 14-3 SJT
(rated at 105 deg C).
Doug Miller (alphageek at milmac dot com)
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