|Forum topic by CharlieM1958||posted 1457 days ago||1390 views||0 times favorited||27 replies|
1457 days ago
At the risk of starting a major war, as electrical questions often do, curiosity demands that I turn to the experts.
First, the background: I recently installed a new laser printer/copier in my office at work, and it had a tendency to make the lights flicker when it kicked on, and about once per minute in standby mode. None of our other laser printers or copiers do that. A little research revealed that this was because this particular machine employs a different method of keeping the fuser hot, which tends to create a spike in power demand.
On a hunch, I plugged the machine into one of the surge protected outlets (not battery-backed-up) of my UPS, and the problem ceased. I can hear the UPS trip periodically, but no more effect on the lights.
Now the question, and how all this relates to woodworking:
My Ridgid TS3660 table saw, wired for 110, causes the house lights to blink a bit when I turn it on, and this seems to irritate SWMBO. Would going through a surge protector help, and would this have any negative effect on my saw? I know the primary purpose of a surge protector is to keep surges from getting to your equipment. But my experience at the office suggests they also limit surges from your equipment. Is that so?
Electricity is a mystery to me, so I’m looking forward to your comments.
-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"