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Forum topic by danofpaco posted 02-23-2014 05:44 PM 1445 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-23-2014 05:44 PM

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Does any concern need to be given towards the type of power strips used in the shop for my 110v tools? Only one tool at a time would be running. Electricity is not my strong suit, I’ve read about concerns with amp draw on startup etc… and want to make sure that the power strips I buy for the shop won’t cause any damage to any of my motors.

Thanks for reading, and thanks for any knowledge you can share.

-- Dan :: Minnesota

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#1 posted 02-23-2014 06:25 PM

I don’t think you have to worry about powerstrips damaging your tools. What you should be concerned about is the powerstrips themselves. The cheap ones are not rated heavy enough to handle some of the hungrier power tools.

I have been using a strip I found at Menards … ... with good results.

I actually have four of them in the shop.

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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#2 posted 02-23-2014 06:41 PM

There are some cheap power strips that use 18 ga wire; not suitable. Go with a known name brand and be safe.

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#3 posted 02-23-2014 07:49 PM

Most good power strips give an amperage rating on the product, check your tools and buy accordingly. I
tend to like overkill, so I only use 15 amp rated power strips.

-- As ever, Gus-the 77 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#4 posted 02-23-2014 07:56 PM

I ran my Craftsman 21833 table saw, same as the Ridgid 4512, with a 1 3/4hp induction motor, on a strip.
Takes a good one. Had a cheap strip that would kick out sometimes. Got a better one, no problems.

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#5 posted 02-23-2014 09:08 PM

Figure out how many Amps your tools take at max load. Then size your cords/power strips off of that. I worked for about 2 years on a cord that was too long and undersized. The first time I started everything up on a 15ft cord of 14ga wire it was a night and day difference.

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#6 posted 02-23-2014 09:54 PM

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