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jamsomito

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12-03-2018 08:48 PM

A 50A electrical subpanel with 2×20A branch circuits. Just shy of $1500 installed including local permits. I anticipate it will be worth every penny.

Up until now, I’ve been running on a single 15A circuit in my garage that needs to cover a fridge and other misc plug loads in addition to my woodworking tools. I couldn’t run my dust collector at the same time as any of my tools, and even cutting a 2×4 on the table saw alone would sometimes trip the breaker (don’t even think about oak or maple). I have an IR heater that works well enough to get me through the winter, but again, could only run it when nothing else was on.

I might have considered 80A or 100A, but my main panel is only 150A and I was reusing a 6ga wire that used to feed a previous owner’s hot tub out back of the house – that was just redirected into the garage.

Went with a Square D QO panel since I will need to be digging into it myself for future 240V circuits, etc.

Really excited to up my dust collection game and stay warm this winter, and all the future expansion possibilities this brings.


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Phil32

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#1 posted 12-03-2018 09:59 PM

I had a similar subpanel at my former home – often necessary for the equipment we run even as hobbyists.
But, your title reminded me of my most expensive tool. First, let me explain that I’m a woodcarver, working almost exclusively with hand tools. My most expensive tool was a single gouge – a Pfeil #3-12mm gouge, priced about $22 at the time I bought it (2001). The expensive part was – - I bought it in Switzerland, at Hugglers Woodcarving Shop in Brienz. I’ll never do that again!

-- Phil Allin - There are mountain climbers and people who talk about climbing mountains. The climbers have "selfies" at the summit!

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Lee

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#2 posted 12-03-2018 11:58 PM

LOL, ya, but you saved on shipping.

-- Colombia Custom Woodworking

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Phil32

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#3 posted 12-05-2018 12:33 AM

Well, I also got to chat with their resident master woodcarver, a lovely young woman. The gouge has since been joined by about forty others of various sizes and shapes, acquired near home.

-- Phil Allin - There are mountain climbers and people who talk about climbing mountains. The climbers have "selfies" at the summit!

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#4 posted 12-05-2018 06:56 AM

Guess if we include shipping/travel my set of 2 Cherries from Lubeck and a 1/8” from Hamburg to complete the set would rank near the top! But then the 10 week course, 1200 KM from Home probable cost a lot more over all because of all the tools that followed! Come to think about it I also ended up putting a new sub panel in the workshop?

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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Woodmaster1

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#5 posted 12-05-2018 07:30 AM

Too bad you did not have a friend that could have done that wiring upgrade for cost. I put in a separate 200A panel for the the cost of the wire and panel.

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jamsomito

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#6 posted 12-05-2018 12:39 PM



Too bad you did not have a friend that could have done that wiring upgrade for cost. I put in a separate 200A panel for the the cost of the wire and panel.

- Woodmaster1

lol, had I posted that, there would have been 2x as many comments telling me electricity can kill and it should only be installed by a licensed electrician and inspected by local code authority. I bought a book and looked up codes to do it myself originally, would have been about 30% the cost. In the end I just wanted it done, plus some CYA for home owners insurance. I try to err on the side of doing it “right”, especially with big upgrades like this. I have plans to run 3 more branch circuits myself in the future. 2×240v and another 120.

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MrRon

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#7 posted 12-05-2018 09:25 PM

When I bought my present home with 8 acres, the first thing I did was to build a 1200 sf shop with a 200 amp power panel. I have enough power to run any machine, welder, compressor, etc singly or all at once. my son sometimes does welding while I’m using a 3 hp saw and DC, with lighting, air conditioning of heat running at the same time; never had a breaker trip. My shop is independent from the house and has it’s own electric power account, so I get hit with two electric bills every month.

BTW, I obtained the required permits, did the wiring myself (I’m not an electrician) and had it approved. My cost was for the panel and wire. I don’t think the cost was much more than $200. That was 15 years ago; might cost a bit more today.

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Holbs

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#8 posted 12-05-2018 10:58 PM

I started off with my 2 car garage in similar boat: a single 15amp outlet and a single light bulb.
Pursued my own electrical installation with 60 amp subpanel and consequent 110v/220v plugs, with city inspection at the end.
Very rewarding.
And very much needed.

-- The Carpenter Bee is derived from the Ancient Greek word wood-cutter "xylokopos/ξυλοκὀπος"

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