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Forum topic by EugdOT posted 12-31-2016 05:19 AM 2400 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-31-2016 05:19 AM

I finally got a chance and assembled the pcs my wife bought me for my birthday today, everything went smoothly except for 1 thing, my electrician thought it was a hardwire unit and just left a courd comming out of a electrical switch box from the subpanal. This is my question, I have a 60 amp subpanal with four 20 amp, 220v fuses, the sawstop is a 13amp 3hp machine, the plug is for a 15 amp 220v. I checked lowe’s and home Depot they both carry the outlet but not in 20 amps only 15amps. I read most guys hook it up with a 20 amp circuit. How did you guys hook it up and keep the machine on a plug? Did you just use the 15 amp outlet? Hardwire it? Just put it on a 15amp breaker instead of the 20amp?

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#1 posted 12-31-2016 05:57 AM

My SAw Stop is on a 20 amp circuit but is hooked up with a 15 amp plug and outlet. I’ve been using this for nearly 4 years with out ever tripping the breaker or having any problem

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#2 posted 12-31-2016 05:59 AM

I’m guessing the plug is a NEMA 6-15? If so, then you can put in a 6-20R (20A) outlet and the plug will still fit. You can try to find a 6-15R (15A) outlet, but then you would be limiting your circuit for no real reason.


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#3 posted 12-31-2016 06:00 AM

That works for me thanks for the info, I knew I should of bought the stuff while I was there, thanks for the info.

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#4 posted 12-31-2016 06:05 AM

6-20R (20A) might be the best fix that way I don’t need to change the breaker and just add a elbow of conduct. Thanks for your help

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#5 posted 12-31-2016 06:49 AM

There are hot tub panels that can be used to add a circuit breaker in line. I would change to a 20 amp outlet and add a 15 amp circuit breaker in line if I wanted to be extra careful. That way everything is working to its its breaker rating.

Theoretically the 15 amp breaker would always trip before the 20 amp but theory doesn’t always work out.

If you go 20 amp to the saw, that should be fine because any real problem would trip a 20 amp breaker and the saw itself should have a fuse.

I used a hot tub panel to put a 20 amp breaker on a 50 amp circuit once. The 30 amp difference seemed big enough to justify a breaker, 5 amps difference maybe not.

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#6 posted 01-01-2017 03:25 AM

The 6-20R (20A), worked like a charm, thanks for all the info,.. I have a new toy to play with on new years day

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