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Mark Whitsitt

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#1 posted 10-07-2012 06:07 AM

Really, your biggest problem is that you don’t have ground. Get that fixed straight away!

Having an outlet rated for 50 amps on a 30 amp circuit doesn’t hurt, but a15 amp outlet on a 30 amp circuit is bad if you try to pull 30 amps. Higher rated transmission devices don’t automatically draw higher current ; it’s the current being drawn by the load(s) on the outlet that matter. If the outlet isn’t rated sufficiently high enough., that’s when you have to worry about a fire.

The manufacturer’s advice is if you’ve only got the bandsaw plugged in that outlet. If you’re planning to run your dc from the same outlet, you’ll need the 30 amp (or higher) outlet. Just don’t exceed 30 amps total or the breaker will trip. The breaker is where the actual overcurrent protection is anyway.

As far as plugs go, you should be fine using a 10-30 plug on the bandsaw; just don’t use something smaller than 6-15. The only drawback is you won’t be able to use it on 6-15 outlets, but since it doesn’t sound like you have any of those, you’re fine.



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