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I just bought a Bosch 1615 in 220 volt what do you guys think about a router in 220volt think there may be problems:confused:
 

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If it is 220 v it should have a special plug on it that prevents it from being plugged into a standard socket. If it has a standard plug on it I wouldn't try plugging it in until I had an expert check it out. You didn't say where you got it from but there is a possibility that a hobbyist might have put a standard plug on it so that he could use a standard socket which can be wired for 220v if you know what you are doing. The 220v sockets are quite a bit more expensive than the standard ones and some guys will do anything to save a dime.
 

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If it is 220 v it should have a special plug on it that prevents it from being plugged into a standard socket. If it has a standard plug on it I wouldn't try plugging it in until I had an expert check it out. You didn't say where you got it from but there is a possibility that a hobbyist might have put a standard plug on it so that he could use a standard socket which can be wired for 220v if you know what you are doing. The 220v sockets are quite a bit more expensive than the standard ones and some guys will do anything to save a dime.
yep all of my shop tools such as planer shaper jointer TS run on 220 I ran the wire myself added breakers and such but thats what I was thinking using the Fluke on it but I was lookin for something like maybe someone likes to rewire these things, but I guess I will just check it out thanks have a good day:big_boss:
 

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Welcome to the forum Steve.
 

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Just to clarify, Steve, this is a pre-owned router you're talking about, right? Does the spec plate say what country it's from? If it's 220V it may well be from Great Britain; folks move over here, bringing all there stuff with them. They don't really stop to consider the implications of having incompatible machinery. I say that because that's what my Late neighbour did. All his small tools were 220V...never did get around to doing anything about them, and nobody wanted them after he passed. Couldn't give them away; a couple of thousand $$$ worth got tossed.
 

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Just to clarify, Steve, this is a pre-owned router you're talking about, right? Does the spec plate say what country it's from? If it's 220V it may well be from Great Britain; folks move over here, bringing all there stuff with them. They don't really stop to consider the implications of having incompatible machinery. I say that because that's what my Late neighbour did. All his small tools were 220V...never did get around to doing anything about them, and nobody wanted them after he passed. Couldn't give them away; a couple of thousand $$$ worth got tossed.
my shop is 220 110 I was just really tryin to get a little info on the 220 one good thing is it will use less power when running, I checked parts avalability and that seems ok I guess no one has really bashed it too much, so Im hopin ething will be ok
thanks for your input some peeps are reluctant to purchase things in 220 because they don't have their shop wired for 220 been on:jester::jester: lumberjocks awhile and that's a common thing on that forum peeps wanting to buy bigger tools but not wired for it if I had my rathers it would be 440 but not enough shop time for that thanks for your comments have a good day and make some dust
 

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No Steve, it will not use less power.. it will draw lower amperage due to the higher voltage, but the power(amps times volts) will be the same.
 

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Hi

I have a 120v outlet box wired up for 220v that's to say if you looked at the outlets you would say it's for 120 volt tools ,I did it because I'm cheap I leave dummy plugs in the red painted outlet, I have one router that needs 220volt to run (PC brand) and I have a 25ft drop cord just for that outlet and tools,, it just takes a little bit of rewiring inside of the breaker box...with 15 amp.breakers, pair of of them......

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Yes,I drilled a small 1/8" in both and push in a 1/8" roll pin to tie them as one breaker..

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Bob; hopefully you have the two 15A handles tied(?)...
Up here it's mandatory. If they aren't tied mechanically, one side can trip leaving the other phase hot. Not the best of situations.
 

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just wondering will it work on standard 220 female? I guess I will wait and see what type plug it has and get my electrician to check things out thanks guys been a big help with cautionary things I need to look for
 

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With a 220VAC tool in the US, you could consider a step up transformer. Years ago when working in Saudi Arabia, I found that the Brits and Irish would bring their 220 VAC tools and household goods, buy a transformer and off they would go, again in business. You do have to consider wattage/amp through put and possibly Hertz of the tool(s). Easiest/best, wire from the main box with a separate circuit/outlet as I did for a dedicated 20 amp or more outlet for my compressor and dust vacuum.
 

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Steve, the only problem you would have with this router is if you wanted to take it somewhere else to use it. Other than that you should be very happy with this powerful router.
 

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thanks Mike thats the answer I was lookin for, thanks again for the help router forums is the best when I get my router I will be back with some reviews
 

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well I have the router and it says 1150volt 60HZ but has a standard plug Im dumbfounded any Ideas
I can't see anyone replacing the spec plate with a wrong one. That is standard North American volts and hertz.
 

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Plug it in and see if it runs fast. 120V AC wont hurt a 220V AC motor for a short period. If it just runs at a low speed set on the highest setting, you have a 220V AC tool. IMO, you 'won'. I doubt the plug or the nameplate have been changed.
 

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it has a standard plug and I was checking it out it ran once and quit plugged into a 20 amp 110 115 standard plug I really don't think this router is 220 the plug is standard and I was lookin up replacement parts for this exact router and it said 120 volt switch why did they put 220 with a standard plug for, it's made in the USA, think I will wire it straight to 110 use my router table switch for on off which is basically the same switch, anyway the switch is hard to push and I plugged it in and didn't work but if I move it fast it seeems to want to try to start, but It could be it doesn't have enough juice it might be 220 but I realy don't think so
 
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