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Forum topic by Wiley posted 06-13-2010 11:08 PM 906 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-13-2010 11:08 PM

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Welcome back to the continuing saga of my $50 craigslist dust collector. I’ve got nearly all of the hardware problems sorted out, but now that I’m actually ready to plug it in I’m having problems with that too. Basically, the dust collector works just fine, as long as no other lights or tools in the shop are turned on at the same time. If I try to run the dust collector while running any of my tools, I blow a fuse quite quickly. Now, the wiring in my house leaves quite a lot to be desired, but this seems a little ridiculous. I’ve always been able to run my bandsaw and my shop vac simultaneously with minimal problems, and that was with all the lights on and the stereo playing. Is it normal for dust collectors to use massive amounts of power, or is it yet another peculiarity of something that seemed like such a good deal?

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#1 posted 06-13-2010 11:32 PM

You don’t mention what brand of DC you have there. I know that some of the cheaper ones need at least a 20 amp circuit just to get them started and they taper off to run at about 15 amps when they get up to speed. Sounds like you’re overloading your wiring system and you should contact a real Electrician before you end up burning your shop and house down instead of asking us to guess what your problem might be from around the world : ) Best wishes !

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#2 posted 06-14-2010 12:14 AM

i know I’ve got a 20 amp circuit and a garage that was wired to code in my area. If I ran the DC and my benchtop planer, it would always trip. I don’t think that I had any issues running a shop vac with any of my tools. I have a delta DC, but I don’t remember the HP or model number. It is one of the more popular ones with users on this site.

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#3 posted 06-14-2010 03:25 AM

yep, that’s the problem. Turns out our entire house was wired at 15 amps. Back to craigslist to see if I can find an electrician who wants to barter…

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