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Old 10-29-2017, 09:19 PM   #1
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Running Electricity To Trailer


Need some help from the electricians out there. I'm a hardwood flooring contractor and have a 16ft enclosed trailer that I'd like to run power to. I have it set up as a mobile woodworking shop, equipped with a table saw, miter saw, vacuum, compressor, lights,etc.. Right now I run a long extension cord to the customers house and typically plug into their garage for a 20 amp circuit. On the other end, my tools get plugged into a 20 amp surge protector. Here is my dilemma, I cannot run the table saw with the vacuum and lights on all at the same time. Is there some kind of amplifier I can use? Or do you have any other suggestions of how else to set this all up? I really don't want to use a generator due to having it run all day long, and waste gas/money. Rather use the customers electricity if I can.

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Old 10-29-2017, 09:25 PM   #2
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You're gonna need more than a 20a circuit if you want to use more than 20a. If there was such a thing as an amplifier, we'd all have 2-amp services in our homes.

Solar is about your only other option.

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You could get more juice by plugging into a 240V clothes dryer or electric range outlet, but of course you'd need the appropriate cord/plug for that, as well as a subpanel in the trailer.

You could also run two cords, plugged into outlets on different phases. But in either case, you ought to have an electrician set you up. A generator would probably cost less.
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...........You could also run two cords, plugged into outlets on different circuits .........
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Potayto, potahto. It's late, I'm sore. But thanks.
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Potayto, potahto...
Not really. Most homes only have one phase. That's why it's called single phase.
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Making sure of running a lease a 12 ga cord would help too. I have run my saw and vac a lot of times on just a 20amp. I always pack my gen with me too, so if need more I have it. Good way to burn up a compressor if running to small of a cord with low voltage.
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Making sure of running a lease a 12 ga cord would help too. I have run my saw and vac a lot of times on just a 20amp. I always pack my gen with me too, so if need more I have it. Good way to burn up a compressor if running to small of a cord with low voltage.
heavy gauge and as short as possible cord, a 20A circuit close to the panel, you can probably run both at once. Or just use two cords.
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Mines set up like that. 21’ rolling Shop. I use a 12 gauge cord. All led lighting in my trailer though for minimum draw. Run a 12” dewalt miter saw combined with vac and lights no problem. It’ll run tablesaw and lights no issue as well.

Just for kicks I tried leaving the router table running. All the lights and the miter saw with shop vac and it did that ok too

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