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Forum topic by madts posted 02-23-2012 01:08 AM 1825 views 0 times favorited 25 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-23-2012 01:08 AM

Topic tags/keywords: question all hand power tools

Here is an idea I want to run by all you smart LJ’s
What if power tools did not have cords attached to them but instead a little pentagonal receptacle, just like the one found on most modern TV’s. This way you bought a tool and and extension cord length of your choice.
No more coiling up the cord when putting away. Put the tool on the shelf and hang the cord on a hook with 3 or 4 other cords of varying lengths.

If you guys think this is a good idea we should ask/demand this from tool makers.

-- Thor and Odin are still the greatest of Gods.

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#1 posted 02-23-2012 01:13 AM

I think this is the case on Festools, or at least some of them. It’s a great idea and would make things a lot more convenient.

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#2 posted 02-23-2012 01:15 AM

You couldn’t have a pentagonal receptacle lest ye be accused of devil worship and sorcery.

Festool already have the ‘Plug-It’ system.

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#3 posted 02-23-2012 01:25 AM

I did not know that about Festool. Thanks for the info.

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#4 posted 02-23-2012 01:31 AM

My festool sander has a removable cord. I also have a Craftsman router that also has a removable cord. The only drawback is that these are not your everyday plugs that you can easily buy and therefore it is difficult to put together different length or replacement cords.

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#5 posted 02-23-2012 01:49 AM

So does my Milwaukee buffer/polisher, except it’s a twist-lock.

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#6 posted 02-23-2012 02:08 AM

It would be a good idea only if it was standardized, other wise you’d need separate cords for every brand of tool.

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#7 posted 02-23-2012 02:10 AM

The dewalt 616/618 routers have this feature and I love it.

I’d love it to be standardized too.
For most of my portable power tools I would just need the one cord and swap the tool as needed.

-- He who dies with the most tools... dies with the emptiest wallet.

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#8 posted 02-23-2012 02:35 AM

A Cheap semi-attractive alternative is buy several short extension cords (with correct amp ratings of course) and replace all the cords with 1ft male plugs. With only a single intact extension cord to keep coiled up when not in use.

If you got the the funds the Festool way is very attractive.

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#9 posted 02-23-2012 03:03 AM

It seem like a locking receptacle is important, like the twist-lock on the Milwaukees. A plug is more likely to come loose at the machine end than the wall end.

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#10 posted 02-23-2012 03:08 AM

The idea is that all tools should have the same plug/receptacle.

-- Thor and Odin are still the greatest of Gods.

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#11 posted 02-23-2012 03:16 AM

If they are not ALL the same, then it becomes a moot point. I do like the idea though.

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#12 posted 02-23-2012 03:38 AM

I have a Milwaukee SawZall recip saw and magnum hole shooter drill. they come with the twist lock cord also. Unfortunately the cords are all the same length. I think another company was testing a circular saw that has a removable saw too but don’t remember which company. The problem with Milwaukee is the cords are too expensive to own many of them.

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#13 posted 02-23-2012 06:04 AM

Bosch had one, and IIRC it took regular extension cords…

-- He who dies with the most tools... dies with the emptiest wallet.

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#14 posted 02-23-2012 06:12 AM

This is a great concept. I have the same Milwaukee SawZall with the removable twist cord. A standardized industry for this would really make things simple. We would have to ask the Chinese if they would make it for us. If you know what I mean…...........

-- mike...............

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#15 posted 02-23-2012 06:44 AM

I new here , but not to electrical. The guys over at the NEC just might entertain this idea. Mike Holt I believe is on the board for the NEC, last time I heard. Mike Holt has an electrical code site. The board at NEC are the people who determine things like this for manufactures, It also sounds more safe to me. Under the NEC I know there must be a means of quick disconnect to power tools which would be the power cord. If all power tool cords and extension cords to power tools have a standard you would eliminate mixing different extension cords from household appliances and power tools, thus providing safer operation of the tool. which is why I think they might be interested in this idea of yours. ( people go out to Walmart and buy any old cord with out looking at the gauge and most times they buy the cheapest one, which would be the un-safe extension not rated for the tool) Mike holt has a suggestion forum you can submit too. I think it may be called something like proposed NEC changes, Something like that. The NEC is about safety. I’m sure the board would love to hear from you on this idea.

I could add more, but then I’m getting into the NEC electrical code which this forum is not about , but it’s an excellent idea.

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