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#1 posted 07-29-2017 12:10 AM



That new Grizzly saw will come with a manual that will tell you what wire size it needs.
I have a grizzly 17” bandsaw
While it came prewired for 220. It had no plug and the cord was to short for what I needed.
The instruction manual had all the specs for what was required for both cord and plug.
It only had about 6 of cord and I needed a cord about twice that length. Instead of an extension cord I chose to replace the short cord. Very easy. And good instructions.
A 10 foot cord will be no problem. Even

- bigJohninvegas

This is why I asked. I read the manual, and while it describes converting from 120 to 240, and describes proper grounding, it does not specify cord length or wire gauge, except to say what it comes with, and that one shouldn’t use an extension cord, but if you’re going to, then keep it below 50 ft, and at least 12 AWG.

Since the plan is to create a new direct-wired power cord, and not an extension, I wasn’t sure.


The wiring chart will say something like 30-50ft for 14AWG, but honestly I d just make a 10 foot power cord with 12AWG and be done with it. Again, all you lose is a bit of cash moving to thicker wire, and you give yourself more of a safety margin if you need to go longer at some point via an extension cord.

- jonah


I don’t know where that wire chart is, but you make a good point. I like margin of safety.


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