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01-31-2012 02:09 AM

I had that, today.

Lifted my electric hand planer at an awkward angle, blade snagged the cable and wrapped it round the cutter block.
Severed the live wire and blew the fuse. Vaporised a chunk out of one of the planer knives too.

Now I’m considering replacing the cable with a Festool Plug-It conversion kit – it would actually cost less than a genuine Makita cord set with moulded plug.

It just occurred to me though, that the fuse in the planer is 5 amps, and a Plug-It lead would have a 13amp fuse. (I don’t want to have to buy a separate plug-it lead and stick a 5 amp fuse in it just for the planer).

Is it worth taking a chance on? What do you all think? Does the same plug-it lead from the Festool Plunge saw fit onto the Festool baby sander with no issues?

As usual, any thoughts and advice would be appreciated.

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#1 posted 01-31-2012 05:21 AM

I haven’t tried it yet but I do believe that the heavier Festool cord will fit into a tool designed for the lighter gauge cord. The light cord however, will not fit into the tools designed for the heavy cord.

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#2 posted 01-31-2012 05:49 AM

Have you tried a brand new extension cord? The standard kind with molded head and construction orange rated for plenty of amps. Cut the unwanted head off then strip the wire as necessary. Should be dirt cheap.

I did that for a portable 4’ black light. I didn’t care about colour and extension cords were cheaper than the replacement power cords I was looking at. Other than colour, they were both same amp rating and the same thickness.

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#3 posted 01-31-2012 04:43 PM

If your planner has an internal 5 amp fuse it will still be protected no matter what type cord you use.

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#4 posted 01-31-2012 04:53 PM

The function of any fuse is to protect the cable connected to it – NOT the appliance at the end.

Thus any time lower current wiring is connected to higher, there should be a fuse.

The idea is that the cable should not be asked to carry a heavier current than that for which it is designed (such as when the appliance develops a fault) – which would make it overheat and possible start a fire.

Having aired some knowledge on the subject, I still told my son – at the top of a stepladder – that it would be OK to just chop off the excess TV cable hanging from the ceiling in a house he was renovating. When he did so, that ‘pop’ (or more like ‘bang’) which cut a neat semicircle in his cutters and sent him to the floor, indicated that I should have got up the ladder myself and seen that it was NOT coax but a 240V supply line left unterminated by some other idiot!

-- Don, Somerset UK,

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#5 posted 01-31-2012 05:59 PM

The extension cord idea is an excellent one, I hadn’t thought of that before.

I’m still thinking festool plug-it conversion though, because I want get rid of the ‘nest of vipers’ that is power leads and extension cables in and around my bench and assembly table whenever I’m doing a job.
At any time there might be three routers, two saws, a couple of sanders and a drill plugged in.
I know I could be more organised and put things away after each and every use, but then I’d only be getting them out again.

With the plug-it, I could convert everything to use only one lead suspended from the ceiling and be done with the trailing mass of wires.

This is the Plug-It conversion kit

So one lead fits all from 1800W router → 1300W Plunge Saw ->700W drill → 240W 1/4 sheet sander.

Think I’ll give it a try. I’ve been meaning to replace the lead on my 1/2” router for about two years as well – ever since it was kissed by a long worktop cutting bit. (A genuine Dewalt cord set and molded plug costs about £51.24 Plus the postage, so thats about $90)

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#6 posted 01-31-2012 06:01 PM

Thanks for the info Don,

Hope your Son wasn’t too badly shaken. I too have a pair of wire cutters with a half moon gone out of them. The result of cutting thru the immersion cable instead of the ring main (which I had isolated) to add a spur.

Thank goodness for insulated handles.

You live and learn eh?

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