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Forum topic by Chuck1685 posted 06-18-2015 08:43 PM 1429 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-18-2015 08:43 PM

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Hello all. You’ll have to excuse my inexperience with electrical work as I am a total newb. I have a question regarding the General International 50-200r table saw. I see that it comes pre-wired for 220v, but is capable of running off of 110v. This is a perfect scenario for me as I am currently in a garage with no 220v access, but will be moving in the next year or so to a new location with 220v availability. I am able to buy this saw right now at 200$ off through my local hardware store, which is a limited time offer. So I would hate to pass on the opportunity. My question is, how hard is it to convert this saw to 110v? Other than just changing out the wire, do I have to buy any extra kits or adapters? I would hate to save 200$ on the price of the saw, but then have to dump it back in to a conversion kit or something. Thanks in advanced for any info on this topic.

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#1 posted 06-18-2015 08:52 PM

Not sure on this saw but most motors it’s really easy. Just change the wires inside the motor around. Some you just move them to different wire nuts or posts.
Some, you just turn a switch, simple as that.

The owner’s manual should have it in there how to do it, and if not, online should be some kind of manual for the motor.

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#2 posted 06-18-2015 09:29 PM

It shoud be a 5 minute task of rewiring the junction box on the motor according to the schematic inside the junction box cover. Just be sure that your circuit will supply the required amperage…which the specs say is 19 amps.

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#3 posted 06-18-2015 09:45 PM

..... and change the plug at the end of the cord.

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#4 posted 06-18-2015 09:50 PM

Or change the whole cord altogether, and save the original.
When you have 220v, change the cord back.

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#5 posted 06-19-2015 02:47 AM

Yes this is a 5 minute job. I have this saw and I had to convert to 120 for the first little while. Then I changed it back when I ran a 240v circuit to my garage. The wiring in the box on the saw is simple. Once you have the motor changed then chang the cord end and you’re done.

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#6 posted 06-19-2015 02:51 AM


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#7 posted 06-19-2015 03:41 AM

Thanks everyone for the quick response. Makes my decision a lot easier. Greatly appreciated.

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