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Forum topic by Tinter posted 03-02-2012 01:45 AM 1321 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-02-2012 01:45 AM

Hello to all. This is my first posting on lumberjocks. I just bought a used dust collector at a local business yard sale, a 220v grizzly g1290. It has two pigtails coming off of it, one is a female plug and the other a male. it doesnt seem to have an on/off switch. I assume that it is meant to be plugged into a tool like a table saw. Im just not clear on how it will work. Can somebody shed some light on this? Thanks, Chris

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#1 posted 03-02-2012 02:33 AM

Sorry , I’m not familiar with Grizzly dust collectors, I have spoken to them in the past and their customer service is very good. I recommend giving them a call, the should be able to email you the manual or they might be able to tell you right over the phone.

-- Martin ....always count the number of fingers you have before, and after using the saw.

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#2 posted 03-02-2012 03:25 AM

Just did a quick internet search for a Grizzly model g1290 and couldn’t come up with anything that might be of help. Any idea on how old this machine is? Does it use any canisters or does it only have bags to catch dust? I’m totally confused on the two sets of power cables.

-- Randy, Central MN

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#3 posted 03-02-2012 03:42 AM

Off hand it sounds like there’s some sort of improvised switching circuit. Open up the connection box and post some pictures.

-- When questioned about using glue on a garbage bin I responded, "Wood working is about good technique and lots of glue........I have the glue part down."

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#4 posted 03-02-2012 03:51 AM

it has bags, the motor has a date on the tag of 1992. The place I bought it from is a production cabinet shop. It doesnt look like a factory wiring job. the pigtails are different colors and different gauges.

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#5 posted 03-02-2012 04:01 AM

here are a couple of images of the wiring

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#6 posted 03-02-2012 04:49 AM

Are the pigtails wired parallel. white to white, red to red, etc.?
If so, maybe they had another tool or a light or something they wanted powered on at the same time as the collector. Do you know if the motor is 120volt or 240volt?

Does the unit have an “on/off” switch? If so, switchit to the off position.

I don’t think you could hurt anything if you plug the male pigtail into a proper type and voltage outlet and see if it runs when you turn on the switch.

The female pigtail would be hot at that point whether the switch s on or off; unless it’s wired through the switch also..

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#7 posted 03-02-2012 05:19 AM

The switch on the motor (TS, Jointer, Planer ) is acting like a switch for the DC. Turn on the TS and it closes the loop for the circuit. The DC should turn on. It is an easy way to have a quick start every time you use a single piece of machinery hooked to it. You normally don’t see it because we like to hook up multiple machines to one DC.
FYI: Woodcraft / rockler sell a something similar. Its a box that has a female plug in for the machine and a plug in for a DC. But on the other side is a male end that plugs into a receptacle. Same thought.

-- I'd like to believe Murphy's Law haunts my woodshop, because if it's Karma it would mean I had something to do with it. - K.R.

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