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Forum topic by PaBull posted 11-11-2010 11:37 PM 1321 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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#1 posted 11-11-2010 11:44 PM

I’m not an electrician.

I used to have a Scuba shop and had the compressor located approximately 100’ from the panel box. The compressor motor was 5hp 220v single phase and the electrician used 10-3 wiring.

I know this is the reverse of what you asked but the motor/compressor ran fine with this size wire. My logic is that 10 gauge wire can carry a fair amount of current with little loss over a distance of 100’. With 200’ you will probably require a larger gauge.

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#2 posted 11-12-2010 01:20 AM

Thanks, Lew!

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#3 posted 11-12-2010 01:39 AM

I’m not an electrician either.

If it’s the 17kw generator that I found specs on then it’s a 65 amp service. By using this calculator: with a 200’ run 65 amps on aluminum wire you’d use #1 wire.

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#4 posted 11-12-2010 02:14 AM

Where’s Topamax when you need him?

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#5 posted 11-12-2010 03:09 AM

I would spend the extra and go with copper. I have never trusted aluminum.

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