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JIMMIEM

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09-18-2021 05:57 PM

I’ve been looking for a 50 foot 12/3 extension cord for power tool use. The USA made contractor grade cords are twice the price of what I am assuming are lighter grade offshore cords. Plus there are quite a few manufacturers.
Can you recommend a good manufacturer and their product. I don’t mind paying for high end stuff but do I really need it based on my Homeowner/DIY needs.
I’ll be running a circular saw, recip saw, jig saw, hedge trimmer, etc outdoors.


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Richard Lee

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#1 posted 09-18-2021 06:15 PM

How about making your own, go price out wire and ends and then compare.

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#2 posted 09-18-2021 06:19 PM



How about making your own, go price out wire and ends and then compare.

- Richard Lee


+1

-- Woodworking is like a vicious cycle. The more tools you buy the more you find to buy.

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#3 posted 09-18-2021 06:49 PM

Yep, if you can’t find one, just make one.

Beware the orange imports. A buddy had a 12/3 cord where the socket was buggered. I offered to just put on a new socket for him. Simple no?

After cutting off the old socket and stripping the orange cord covering, inside was 18 ga. zip cord, no ground.

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#4 posted 09-18-2021 07:20 PM

Avoid the Lowe’s, home depot, and Amazon cords. Go to a contractor supply house. They should have an exterior heavy duty 12/3 cord.

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#5 posted 09-18-2021 08:51 PM

I understand the box store jitters and USA made, but to be honest everything Flexilla (which is made overseas) has been very good for the homeowner/diy stuff. It might be good for commercial stuff as well, but I couldn’t testify to that.

-- Our village hasn't lost it's idiot, he was elected to congress.

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#6 posted 09-18-2021 09:15 PM

Get 12/3 SO cord and industrial plugs to make your own.

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#7 posted 09-18-2021 09:26 PM

The Southwire Yellow Jacket 50’ 12/3 cord at Lowe’s is a good cord. I have a couple and like them.

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#8 posted 09-18-2021 09:31 PM

There was a 2 pack at Costco that was cheaper than buying separate at HF. They supply power to your tools no problem.

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#9 posted 09-18-2021 09:47 PM

If you make your own extension cord as suggested, be sure to ohm it out after you get it put together. Bring both ends close so you can check hot to hot and then neutral to neutral.

-- "I build for function first, looks second. Most times I never get around to looks." MIke in CO

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#10 posted 09-18-2021 09:48 PM



There was a 2 pack at Costco that was cheaper than buying separate at HF. They supply power to your tools no problem.

- SMP

ditto, these are a great buy and a good quality cord, i bought a gaggle of them and restocked work trucks, got rid of well used marginal units, some of the guys just must fall in love with an extention cord, even though we have a monthly safety meeting on the dang things

-- Living the dream

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#11 posted 09-18-2021 10:00 PM

When I look it’s a $1 a foot..

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#12 posted 09-19-2021 01:32 AM


Get 12/3 SO cord and industrial plugs to make your own.

- AMZ

I agree, that would probably be the best, but I’ve never had trouble with Home Depot store brand extension cords for home use. When an end gets worn or damaged, cut it off and replace it.

-- Nicholas

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#13 posted 09-19-2021 12:45 PM



There was a 2 pack at Costco that was cheaper than buying separate at HF. They supply power to your tools no problem.

- SMP

+1

-- Joe | Spartanburg, SC

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#14 posted 09-19-2021 04:09 PM

I’m with the guys that buy wire and plug ends to make my own. However, If you choose not to make your own, I would spend a little more on the Southwire 2589SW0002 25890002 Outdoor Cord-12/3 American Made SJTW . JMO…..
Much better than the thin chinesium Yellow Jacket stuff for the equipment you want to use outdoors.

Gary

-- I haven't changed... but I know I'm not the same.

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#15 posted 09-19-2021 04:27 PM

I like the Ridgid Brand 12/3 extension cords best. They are flexible and have lighted ends that tell you that it has power. I also made the mistake of buying the HD “HDX” cords and they are stiff and do not coil up well. I own both 25 and 50 foot models.

They are sold at HD and Fleabay. Read the reviews on FleaB and one said they were knock offs.

About $70 for 50 foot.

You can make one for a bit less but not lighted ends and the plug and socket ends will not be weather tight.

JMO

-- Dave, Vancouver, WA & Tucson, AZ

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