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Posted on 110V or 220V?

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Cosmicsniper

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#1 posted 10-18-2012 01:18 PM

Like Scott said, you won’t see a power advantage by going to 220v.

But the issue is that we never have a ready-to-go, dedicated 110v available for our tools. Your saw, with 12g wire, will probably be on a 20 amp breaker. If anything else is on that circuit, then you might have issues. In my garage, not only does the main (only) circuit run all the lights and outlets, but it also runs the GFCI outlets in my bathrooms. Whereas my Unisaw is on 220v, my planer is not, so I normally have to unplug stuff just to run it. And even then, in the winter, it is amazing how often my wife and kids turn on a space heater in the bathroom, usually right in the middle of a cut. Regardless, I run my DC off an extension cord going to my front porch. I can’t run it on the same circuit with my other tools.

I will be taking ALL this in consideration when I re-wire my shop…eventually.

So, if you are going to run a new circuit anyway, you might as well make it 220v.

-- jay, www.allaboutastro.com


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