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I have been taking woodworking at community college now for a while. I am retired. I just ordered a freud ft 3000 vce router. I am wondering since the router is rated at 15 amps will I be able to use it on a 15 amp circuit or will it be a problem? Ive got lights and would possibly run a shop vac at the same time. How much current does a router like this draw when it is working and how hard does it have to be working to draw 15 amps? My 12 amp hitatachi 10 inch miter saw does make the lights dim occasionaly when it is working, never blown a fuse.

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Hi,

I have been taking woodworking at community college now for a while. I am retired. I just ordered a freud ft 3000 vce router. I am wondering since the router is rated at 15 amps will I be able to use it on a 15 amp circuit or will it be a problem? Ive got lights and would possibly run a shop vac at the same time. How much current does a router like this draw when it is working and how hard does it have to be working to draw 15 amps? My 12 amp hitatachi 10 inch miter saw does make the lights dim occasionaly when it is working, never blown a fuse.

I am looking forward to talking to others here. Thanks for letting me join.

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I'd try to get on a seperate circuit or even a seperate phase than the shop-vac if the vac is very large. The 15 amps is the max it's rated for so that means that it is working VERY hard to get there. We have a couple of electrical engineers here who will likely weigh in on the specifics, I get out of my depth real quick on this. The soft start on that router should help with the peak load though.
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Hi John,

Thanks for the welcome. There is only one 15 amp cicuit down there. If the answer is a negative I suppose I can always bring the thing back to a woodcrafters store and get a smaller router. I havent used routers a whole lot in the woodshop I go to, but enough to do some basic grooves, flush cuts, roundovers etc. They have routers there. I wanted this for home, so if its too much of a power hog it wont do anyhitng for me.

As far as weight goes, I would think the extra wieght 13 lbs was good for stability for free hand routing. Ive used the dewalt and hitachi plunge routers, older models and they seem heavy and ok. Its really the electrical draw on my old knob and tube 15 amp 14 awg wires that makes me wonder if I should go smaller.
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Hi Joe

The Freud will pop the breaker on full load run but it will not pull a full load at start up the norm so you are safe for now but down the road you may want to have one circuit for it down the road, you may want to switch the breaker out in the panel to a 20 amp. breaker that will help with the load,,It's a easy fix but if you don't think you can't do it ask a mate to do it for you..danger, danger Will Robson in the panel box.....

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I have been taking woodworking at community college now for a while. I am retired. I just ordered a freud ft 3000 vce router. I am wondering since the router is rated at 15 amps will I be able to use it on a 15 amp circuit or will it be a problem? Ive got lights and would possibly run a shop vac at the same time. How much current does a router like this draw when it is working and how hard does it have to be working to draw 15 amps? My 12 amp hitatachi 10 inch miter saw does make the lights dim occasionaly when it is working, never blown a fuse.

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Ho Bob,

Thanks for the reply. I could change the breaker easy enough except 14 guage wire is only rated for 15 amps. I'd have to rewire with 12 awg for a 20 amp breaker. So in short if its going to blow the 15 am breaker it looks like ill need a new circuit and a new panel while I am at it. The basement is conduit, which is newer than the rest of the knob and tube wired house.

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