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Posted on Electrical problem, or tool failure?

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#1 posted 10-23-2012 02:23 PM

How long is the wire run from the breaker? Although 12 ga wire is fine, if you have really long runs i’d use 10 ga to reduce voltage drop. Does power get to the garage from a cable from the main hookup in the house? Your motor may have been on the way out coincidentally but it wouldn’t hurt to check the voltage at your sockets (very carefully) with a volt meter just to be safe. A motor draws constant power, so if your voltage is below nominal the current draw will increase. More current=more heat in the windings and shorter life. Just another thing to rule out in your new workspace.

I hope you get lucky and can just replace the capacitor.

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