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Forum topic by becikeja posted 05-23-2020 12:42 AM 319 views 0 times favorited 12 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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becikeja

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05-23-2020 12:42 AM

I’ve been running a PM1000 Table saw for several years now on 120V and absolutely love it. Cant say enough good things about this saw. I am in the process of moving into a new shop and have 230V available. Since this saw is capable of being rewired for 230V fairly easy, I’m wandering if there are any advantages to doing it?
What are the pros and cons?

-- Don't outsmart your common sense


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MrUnix

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#1 posted 05-23-2020 12:45 AM

Pro – you can run a smaller extension cord to it.
Con – you tie up a 240v outlet that could be used by something that really needs it.

Cheers,
Brad

-- Brad in FL - In Dog I trust... everything else is questionable

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ibewjon

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#2 posted 05-23-2020 01:34 AM

As an electrician, I have plenty of 120 & 240 on each wall. If it can run on 240, that is what I do. Brad is correct if you have limited receptacles.

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Madmark2

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#3 posted 05-23-2020 02:32 AM

220v usually means snappier starts and lighter gauge wiring. Reducing the current should also reduce nuisance breaker trips.

I like dedicated 220v @ 20A breaker, 12-2 w/gnd SJ wire, and twist lock NEMA6-20L outlet & plug – just because.

-- The hump with the stump and the pump!

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#4 posted 05-23-2020 03:02 AM

If nothing else it will make you feel better. :)
I would hook it up to 220 if it were me.

-- I only know what I know, nothing less, nothing more -- That doesn't count what I used to know..

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#5 posted 05-23-2020 05:17 AM

Switched my Delta Hybrid over to 220v and have never regretted it!

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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#6 posted 05-23-2020 11:16 AM

You will never know until you try it.

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#7 posted 05-23-2020 11:32 AM

I converted my bandsaw to 220. No regrets and an easy thing to do.

-- Dave

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ibewjon

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#8 posted 05-23-2020 12:10 PM

Remember that using 240 does not save money. You are billed for kilowatt-hours, not amps. The motor has 2 windings in series for 240, 2 windings in parralell for 120. If you have limited electrical service to the shop, 240 keeps the current draw lower.

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#9 posted 05-23-2020 12:55 PM

If 220v is available, I’d make the switch. Might make a notable difference, it might not, but since you have it, give it a go…no harm done.

-- Happiness is like wetting your pants...everyone can see it, but only you can feel the warmth....

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#10 posted 05-23-2020 01:52 PM

I would switch. You will have faster starts. It will draw the same amperage but half the amperage on each leg. You may have more torque. I like the 220 just for the faster starts.

-- Bruce, Boise, ID

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Andre

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#11 posted 05-23-2020 04:33 PM



If 220v is available, I d make the switch. Might make a notable difference, it might not, but since you have it, give it a go…no harm done.

- knotscott

Funny, I noticed a slight difference on the Table saw nothing really when I switched the Band saw or my Shaper?

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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becikeja

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#12 posted 05-24-2020 12:19 PM

I appreciate the comments. I think I will give at shot, but not going to be a high priority.

-- Don't outsmart your common sense

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