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Blog entry by bigfish_95008 posted 08-31-2010 05:17 PM 792 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

In a previous note here, Packing up the shop – again, I mentioned that we needed to move for several reasons. Well the first week of August we moved from the old place to the new. We have been setting up house and shop. We moved to a smaller house, but still have 2 garage bays. Having a wall separating the 2 sides is almost a blessing. There is more wall space to hang stuff from and I don’t have 220VAC so I can’t set up the Unisaw with 52” fence so having the width is not necessary. The Unisaw and 15” planer, sit against the wall in there permanent homes, at least for this place. There are 2 homes on this property with both circuit panels coming from one feed. Every time I run a saw lights dim in both houses. I can’t imagine running those big beasts converted to 110VAC. The jointer and DC can be easily converted so I will still have those to work with. The Shopsmith, that has been used mostly as a disk sander of late, will get pressed back into full service. After having a big cabinet saw, I hope I can live with the unique limitations of the Shopsmith. I am looking for a bench top planer and a contractor saw on CL. If I can find them in my price range I’ll pick them up, but with the wife unemployed, the price has to be pretty low. We like many in this world today have had to trim expenses dramatically, but I praise God that he made all the criteria fall in place, and we are still able to have our toys with us and be able to use them – they are not tucked away in a storage locker somewhere. We continue to be blessed everyday when we go out to the shop and I am building and the wife is finishing/refinishing. With Christmas coming, the shop will be up and running just in time for the big build season on top of the projects my wife has requested for the new place – plate rack for over the sink and a hall tree for the entryway. So i guess I better get my tail out there and finish organizing stuff.
Have a great day.
Making sawdust and kindling- Allen

-- bigfish "I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it." Vincent Van Gogh



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#1 posted 08-31-2010 08:31 PM

Two houses on one panel? Do you have separate meters? Who pays the bill; or is it in the rent/lease?

-- Michael :-{| “If you tell a big enough lie and tell it frequently enough, it will be believed.” ― A H

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#2 posted 08-31-2010 09:27 PM

Yes, 2 panels/meters on one feed.

-- bigfish "I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it." Vincent Van Gogh

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#3 posted 08-31-2010 10:01 PM

Is there any way you could add a small sub-panel to get 240V. Your big stuff on 240V should not dim the lights any worse than the 120V smaller tools. A 3 HP motor on 240V is about a 10amp load on two phases; while a 1-1/2 HP motor on 120V is still about a 10amp load, just on one phase though.

Well, if the power company is providing a undersized feed the problem would be worse with a 3 HP load than a 1 or 2 HP load, but you should be able to make them fix that.

Loose lugs on the main feed can cause a dimming problem as well, but DO NOT try to fix this yourself. A good way to get dead if you are not qualified to do “hot work” electrical repair. Call an electrician.

-- Michael :-{| “If you tell a big enough lie and tell it frequently enough, it will be believed.” ― A H

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#4 posted 09-01-2010 04:40 PM

I have actually thought of doing an add on sub panel, I would need to check with the landlord, I don’t think he would mind as I have already been fixing his stuff, part of my agreement on the garage, and an electrician to see what is possible. From what I can see in the present panel adding another breaker would be HARD! If I get real desperate for “real” tools I would have to bite the bullet and go that direction. Until there is more $$$ that probably is not an option at the moment.

-- bigfish "I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it." Vincent Van Gogh

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