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shipwright

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01-04-2014 02:59 PM

I just bought one of HF’s three foot long power bars. They seem like a great idea for above a fixed bench. The problem is that the breaker seems weak. For example my router works fine on the outlet that the bar is plugged into but trips the bar. It will power light loads so it’s not shorted.
I think that either
A) this unit has a bad breaker ….. Swap it for another. Or
B) it is a generic problem …..... Return for refund.

Anyone else have the problem?

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees. http://thecanadianschooloffrenchmarquetry.com/


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#1 posted 01-04-2014 03:04 PM

I have one with no troubles for over a year. Take it back and get another one.

-- Life is good.

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#2 posted 01-04-2014 03:05 PM

Probably a cheap breaker, they only use 14 gauge in there also I usually like to stick with 12 gauge for any extension cords, but I would just bring it back and try another possibly buy a couple and test and see if they all have that problem then you’ll know and then bring back the extras or all of them.

-- Nick, "Choking to death on bacon is like getting murdered by your lover." - JG

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#3 posted 01-04-2014 03:09 PM

A friend of mine is a consistent HF customer. If it has electronics in it, he plans on the possibility of returns until he gets a good one. Often it is not needed, but sometime it might take one or two extra trips…

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#4 posted 01-04-2014 03:25 PM

Thanks for the quick responses. I suspected it was just a dud.
This is what I love about Lumberjocks.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees. http://thecanadianschooloffrenchmarquetry.com/

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#5 posted 01-04-2014 03:39 PM

Mine has worked well Paul.
Swap it out for a new one.

-- Eric, central Florida

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#6 posted 01-04-2014 03:39 PM

I had two of the same outlet strips from HF…one on each side of my workbench. they were relatively inexpensive with the discount coupon…but I did have problems with both of them. On one the breaker kept tripping and on the other one the breaker just failed completely. I did have both of them for well over a year. Instead of replacing them I ended up a metal receptacle box with outlets in them since I never have needed the number of outlets the strip provided.

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#7 posted 01-04-2014 04:57 PM

Paul, if it happens on the replacement, it’s probably your router’s power demand…
How many HP does your router produce?

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#8 posted 01-04-2014 05:00 PM

Not just the router Joe.
I’ll swap it out and see.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees. http://thecanadianschooloffrenchmarquetry.com/

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#9 posted 01-04-2014 05:52 PM

Does your router have a soft start Paul?

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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shipwright

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#10 posted 01-04-2014 07:36 PM

No Mike, it’s an old one but again it’s not just the router. I think it’s just a weak breaker.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees. http://thecanadianschooloffrenchmarquetry.com/

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#11 posted 01-04-2014 10:30 PM

I think those are only 15 amp. But, it still shouldn’t trip if your router is, say, a 12 amp

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#12 posted 01-05-2014 03:53 AM

I have two & found that certain tools trip the breaker even though they draw fewer amps than the specification. For sure the router trips it, even with soft start & so does band saw, which surprised me. But I kept them & find them useful for running bench tools like belt sander, small grinder & corded hand tools. I just had to go more heavy duty & more $$ for the more demanding tools. I find them very handy when I need extension outside my shop…circular saw, sander, lights, grinder & the pancake air compressor doesn’t trip it.

-- toni --- SW WI...working on shop setup....wish I could say diligently. "Time is a healer, a friend & a maker of dreams."

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#13 posted 01-05-2014 03:55 AM

I have one. Run my Ridgid band saw, drill press and sander off it with no issues for well over a year now.

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#14 posted 01-05-2014 03:55 AM

In fact I was running my circ saw and router off it today with no issues.

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