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Forum topic by Viktor posted 06-20-2018 08:49 PM 275 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Viktor

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06-20-2018 08:49 PM

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I want to bring a 240V power tool from UK to USA. It’s 50-60Hz, so frequency difference is not a problem, besides its universal motor anyway. Will a home made adapter from a regular 240V dryer outlet (NEMA 10-50) to European (UK) plug work? In the US circuit there are 240V between two opposite phase hot wires (+120V and -120V). In UK there is one hot wire (240) and one neutral (0), so the same 240V between them. Seems too easy. Am I missing something?
A typical 30A circuit barker is of course not suitable. I want to avoid rewiring anything, just make a quick adapter.


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#1 posted 06-20-2018 11:10 PM

Will the tool not run on 120V?

Lots of universal motors will run on 120V or 240V.

If not, 240V is 240V, so provided you match the plug, it should work fine.

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Viktor

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#2 posted 06-20-2018 11:14 PM



Will the tool not run on 120V?
Lots of universal motors will run on 120V or 240V.
If not, 240V is 240V, so provided you match the plug, it should work fine.
- jonah

No, induction motors can often be wired to either 120 or 240. Universal motors (hand tools) can not.

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#3 posted 06-20-2018 11:27 PM

I don’t know.

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#4 posted 06-20-2018 11:40 PM

You should be fine Viktor. 240 is 240 whether it has a 120 in the middle or not.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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