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Forum topic by kdr152004 posted 03-17-2017 04:11 AM 582 views 0 times favorited 11 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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kdr152004

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03-17-2017 04:11 AM

Hey guys,

So I picked up a Rigid jointer on Craigslist for a decent price. Only issue is the power chord going from the wall to the motor is held together with twist-ons shown below. My question is , how would you guys recommend fixing this issue ? Should I :

1) replace the cord altogether with some like this (https://www.amazon.com/Hanvex-H3S14AWG10-Prong-Power-Pigtail/dp/B00LDY2Y2E/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1489723498&sr=8-4&keywords=3+prong+AC+power+cord+pigtail)

2) Solder the wires back together and heat shrink it

3) Order the official Rigid replacement cable and switch assembly which is like 30 bucks on ereplacementparts.com

I’m leaning towards option 1) , Rigid recommends atleast 14 gauge, and the cord is only like 15 bucks.

Many thanks,

-k


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MrUnix

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#1 posted 03-17-2017 04:14 AM

I’d just rip out the section between the splice and the switch… as long as you still have enough length left. Otherwise, a good extension cord works well – just cut off one end and wire it up.

Cheers,
Brad

-- Brad in FL - In Dog I trust... everything else is questionable

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#2 posted 03-17-2017 04:15 AM

Ditto

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#3 posted 03-17-2017 09:50 AM

+1 for the extension cord idea. I just cannibalize part of a 50’ extension cord that got damaged by a lawn mower a few years ago anytime I need to repair something like this. You can buy a replacement plug for a few bucks if you cannot use the one that is there (or in my case already used the one that was there). The nice thing about that approach is you can make it as long as you want.

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#4 posted 03-17-2017 11:44 AM

If I had an extra extension cord, I’d do like these guys^. If I didn’t, I’d go for option 2 – solder, heat shrink and then tape over it all. I’m probably not supposed to say that ;-p But nevertheless…

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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kdr152004

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#5 posted 03-17-2017 12:24 PM

Thanks guys, if I’m not mistaken, the extension cord suggestion is a similar approach to my option 1), except that I can customize length ? I’m still a bit confused as my only electrical experience is installing a receptacle.

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#6 posted 03-17-2017 12:37 PM

If you rip out the section of wire between the splice and the switch, what you are left with is basically the same thing you linked to on amazon… three wires on one end, and a plug on the other. The only difference would be the length. If you have enough length left, then use it and save a few beans. If it’s too short, then you could do option 1 if you like, or get an extension cord and do the same after cutting off the end. The advantage to using an extension cord is that you can get the length you want/need, and you can pick the color… you can get one of them orange ones to match the machine :)

Of course, there is also option #4 – just leave it alone. It looks like it’s pretty secure (wire nuts and then taped). It will still work fine… just ugly.

Cheers,
Brad

-- Brad in FL - In Dog I trust... everything else is questionable

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#7 posted 03-17-2017 12:40 PM



Of course, there is also option #4 – just leave it alone. It looks like it s pretty secure (wire nuts and then taped). It will still work fine… just ugly.

Cheers,
Brad

- MrUnix

Yeah, I meant to point that out but forgot. There’s really nothing wrong with wire nuts and tape as long as they’re applied properly. Looks like those were taped up with strain relief so whoever did it probably knew what they were doing. I don’t see anything that requires fixing unless you just don’t like it.

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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#8 posted 03-17-2017 12:52 PM

Built-up extension cords are almost always cheaper than parts.

I’d go that route, and use the leftover end to make what I consider the most useful shop extension cords I have, a 10 footer.

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kdr152004

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#9 posted 03-27-2017 12:47 AM

Thanks guys, I just went with the extension cord route

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#10 posted 03-27-2017 01:41 AM

The jointer looks in good shape. How much did you pay if you don’t mind me asking? Did you get a discount because of the cord? :)

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#11 posted 04-10-2017 03:05 AM

I paid 210$

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