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Y'all - I'd like to use a 10-gauge extension cord for running two (or more) tools (at least router/jigsaw/sander/drill + vacuum). I am looking for a solid power strip to go with the extension cord. Any recommendations?

I can find lots of power strips with cables, but they seem to be thinner than 10-gauge (if I can find that info at all). I don't want to run a 10-gauge extension cord, just to have it limited again by the cord in the power strip.

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Hi Mischa

I don't think you will find one most of the power strip are rated at 15 amp. max but that's not a big deal you can make your own by bolting two 4 gang boxes together along with a overload breaker and your 10 gag.wire.
The breaker you can get from most elec.store warehouse outlets ,the push button reset type (20 to 30 amp.) that fits right into a 4 gang box.

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Y'all - I'd like to use a 10-gauge extension cord for running two (or more) tools (at least router/jigsaw/sander/drill + vacuum). I am looking for a solid power strip to go with the extension cord. Any recommendations?

I can find lots of power strips with cables, but they seem to be thinner than 10-gauge (if I can find that info at all). I don't want to run a 10-gauge extension cord, just to have it limited again by the cord in the power strip.

Thanks! MM



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What about something like this?

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Thanks y'all!

Bob: I was playing with the idea of making my own version but wanted to see first if there is anything suitable on the market.

Chris: If that came in a mountable strip version it would be ideal. Maybe one could cut out the relevant portion. Will have to take a look.

Thanks again! MM
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Why not a 12g extension cord with a t-tap (3-outlet end) or a GFCI portable quad outlet cord?

http://www.lowes.com/pd_145278-33536-30334054_0_?productId=1135929&Ntt=extension+cord&N tk=i_products&pl=1&currentURL=/pl__0__s?newSearch=true$Ntt=extension%20cord$y=0$x =0

(EDIT) Don't know why link from Lowe's came out this way.

But here is another link of the extension cord like at Lowe's

http://www.conney.com/Product_Facili...75_11367_11367

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Why do you need 10g? Won't 12g work for you? All my extension cords are 12g & I run router with shop vac no problem. I wouldn't go smaller then 12g for shop tools. 14g tends to twist up after awhile.

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Thanks y'all!

Bob: I was playing with the idea of making my own version but wanted to see first if there is anything suitable on the market.

Chris: If that came in a mountable strip version it would be ideal. Maybe one could cut out the relevant portion. Will have to take a look.

Thanks again! MM
You could always mount it to the wall. The only problem would be if you stored the line on it and unwound it, the plugs would rotate.

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Why not a 12g extension cord with a t-tap (3-outlet end) or a GFCI portable quad outlet cord?
I need about 25-50 ft of extension cord and was hoping to find a 10-gauge solution to be on the safe side. I could try going with 12-gauge. Thanks - MM
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I've not had any issues with 12ga @ ~50ft. It's what the shop has been powered by since I got started.

I'm using this, combined with that reel:

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Water resistant, too.

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I've not had any issues with 12ga @ ~50ft. It's what the shop has been powered by since I got started.
Chris - Would you mind telling me what tools you can run simultaneously through your 50ft 12ga setup? I just don't have a good feel for that (yet). Thanks so much! MM
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