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Steve Neul said:
In my opinion 14 gauge wire is too small to run equipment off of especially if you are very far from the main breaker. You really shouldn't run more than 12 amps off that gauge wire.
Steve, that is the case for 110 lines, but an added benefit of 220 is cheaper wiring. On 220, that saw is only drawing 6.5 amps which is WELL below the current carrying ability of 14 gauge wiring.
 

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the ridgid 4512 OM calls for a 15A 220v circuit when it's wired for 220. no need for a 12 gauge wire and a 20A 220v circuit, although that's what i'd have used, thinking ahead to the day i added a 2 hp 220v DC to my shop. they could both run on the same 220v circuit.

I believe US code requires only one outlet per 220 circuit.....Its possible i'm wrong on this one.....but I think I remember reading this in the code book.
 

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rbk123 said:
Yes, I cut the existing cord right at the plug to retain as much of it as possible. I soldered the wires and used heat-shrink on the individual strands and then heat-shrink over the whole thing to make it seamless.
I would replace that ASAP. I don't believe heat shrink is rated for that type of use.
 

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rbk123 said:
Just my recommendation but I would suggest confirming un-surety first, and then giving such immediate/drastic direction.
Hey, you wanna do it to yours go for it.....but I don't know a single one of the electricians I know that would do that, or consider it safe.....I'd rather over state my thoughts on this here, then see a thread about the guy that burned down his shop.

Why not just put a new cord on it from the box, the cord pops out of the strain preventer....
 

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toolguy1000 said:
as i read rbk123's TS power cord wiring modification, he cut off the 110v plug and then attached a 220v plug to the stripped wires of the now "running" end of his power cord. the shrink wrap, as i read it, appears to be primarily an aesthetic rather than "structural" component. here's a quote from the 4512's OM:
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If it were just the plug I wouldn't be concerned, but I believe he's saying he spliced the wires, in effect adding a number of feet of wire with a splice in the middle....which would make the shrink tubing a very structural part....In fact the only thing between 220v and him....I know in my shop cords get stepped on, things fall on them, stuff catches on them ect...which is what I'd be worried about.
 

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Now i'm hoping he comes back and explains further......I've reread it and I can see what your saying.....I hope theres not a splice in the middle.....Hum.....
 
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