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James

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09-13-2010 10:34 PM

I am thinking about buying the new G0715P table saw from Grizzly. One problem, its a 16 AMP saw and my breakers are only 15AMPS. Can I run this saw on a 15 AMP breaker?


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Rick Dennington

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#1 posted 09-14-2010 12:50 AM

Greetings,

Just swap out the 15 amp breaker for a 20 amp, and you should be fine…..if this is the
only machine you’re gonna run on that one breaker…...piece of cake….. but check with an electrician first..
I have been known to be wrong once or twice…... lol.

-- " I started with nothing, and I've still got most of it left".......

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derosa

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#2 posted 09-14-2010 01:02 AM

Although new wiring might be able to handle the extra power of just swapping in a new 20 amp breaker it isn’t recommended and could create problems later when the fact of the switch is lost. 20 amp uses 12g wire vs 15 amp with 14g wire. Trying to pull more electricity through can create overheating problems leading to fire and shortened wiring life.

-- --Rev. Russ in NY-- A posse ad esse

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James

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#3 posted 09-14-2010 02:56 AM

Thanks for the replies. I really don’t want to start a fire, so I guess the answer is no.

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Claymation

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#4 posted 09-14-2010 03:19 AM

Don’t know this saw. Is it a 220 volt? If so, all bets are off and you’ll likely need to pull a “12-3 with ground”. If you can cut the breaker and pull enough wire out of the box to check the type, you’ll have an idea where to start. You’ll find the saw’s electrical requirements in the manual that you can probably dig up on-line somewhere. (I am not an electrician… just sayin’)

-- Clay (Master Kindler) ~ Central VA

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Claymation

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#5 posted 09-14-2010 03:23 AM

check this out! Everything you ever wanted to know about something you can’t see, but can kill you:

http://www.powerstream.com/Wire_Size.htm

-- Clay (Master Kindler) ~ Central VA

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PurpLev

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#6 posted 09-14-2010 03:29 AM

the short and proper answer is – NO. don’t go swapping out breakers – the breaker is there not to protect your tool, but to protect the wires in the wall. the breaker matches the wire gauge, and putting a higher amp breaker on a lower amp wire can and will start a fire if you load up that wire with power.

best suggestion – contact an electrician to set you up with a 20amp circuit -breaker and wire included. otherwise – I’d look at 13-15amp saws.

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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Rick Dennington

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#7 posted 09-14-2010 03:38 AM

Ok….Ok..I screwed up and gave the wrong answer to the question…..Apologies…...
We certainly don’t want any fires to start anywhere…..Am I forgiven?........ lol . But I did say check with an electrician first, right? One out of two ain’t bad…...I almost had a senior moment, brain freeze, or whatever…....20 lashes, and all that…........But I know now what I was thinking about…..My shop has got 200 amp service, and all my breakers are 20 amp, except a couple, and they are 60 amp….. One is for my heating/ air conditioning…....

-- " I started with nothing, and I've still got most of it left".......

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