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William Shelley

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#1 posted 02-10-2018 02:53 AM



W, Shelley: you brought up something that really bugs me about so many portable electric tools, and that is the stiff plastic-sheathed cords they use. Even some fairly expensive tools do this. I have a Milwaukee heat gut that has a cord so stiff it takes 2 hands to sort of straighten it out—but it springs back into whatever shape it had when you let go of it. The plastic cords are obviously a way to save a few pennies in manufacturing. A pox on them!!

Rubber cords are so much nicer in every way.

By the way, Bonesbr, my cat hates that saying.

- runswithscissors

Yep, this is one of the things I’ve noticed (and like) about Bosch and Ridgid tools – they come with proper SJOOW cords.

By the way, almost everything in most shops can make do with a 16awg SJOOW cord, which is rated for 13A. I bought a 250ft spool of 16/3 cord a while back and I use it for various things including making new power cords for things.

For larger tools you can often times cannibalize the cord from old Power Distribution Units (PDU’s) used for computer servers and networking racks. It’s very common to see PDUs rated for 24A or 30A @ 208/240VAC. They’ll come with a 10-12ft cord of 10/3 SJOOW, and a NEMA L6-30P plug on the end.

-- Woodworking from an engineer's perspective


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