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#1 posted 03-22-2013 01:57 PM

Is it safe practice to plug a 12 gauge cord rated for 20A into a 10 gauge cord rated at 30A?

yes, provided the 30A circuitis th eline (supplying electricity) and the 12 gauge is on the load (using electricity). having 30A available for use by your DC is fine. the other way around could be a problem.

take one of the duplex outlets and convert it to a 20A 220V dedicated outlet for the DC.

that’s what i did in my shop. worked perfectly. as has been noted, plugging and unplugging will get old in a hurry. but is that 12A draw by your new DC it’s 110v or it’s 220v rating? 12A for a 2 hp motor @ 220v seems a little high.

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