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The size of the cord absolutely does matter. The sizing guides exist for a reason. What if some day that cord is removed, and someone reuses it? Just because it will work doesn't mean it should be done. Buy a 15 amp plug( which will work in a 20 amp outlet, and be done with it.
I guess I don't understand why someone would reuse a power cord off of a tool that is probably only 6 feet long. Now if your making your own power cord so that it is longer, agreed use 12 gauge wire or use a 15 amp plug if said cord is only 14 gauge.
 

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I don't either, but my point is why risk it? What's the harm in buying the right plug? The whole premise of electrical codes is risk adverse planning, 14 gauge wiring in much of the rest of the world will carry 20 amps, but to be on the safe side we rate it to 15. Same things with plugs, will it work, sure, but it's still not right.
 
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