08:57AM | 09/16/05
Member Since: 09/15/05
1 lifetime posts
Here's the deal,

I have a pole-parn that holds my woodworking woodshop - when I had it built several years ago - they ran the 110 power out of my basement breaker box underground to the polebarn (150 feet away) and put in a 120 service box....

So that's great - I have had 120 for years- but recently I have added mucho tools and my most recent aquistion - A Grizzly 8 Inch Jointer - requires 220 ONLY- but I don't have 220 - or the 220 feeds.

More bad news - since the power was run to my pole barn - I have paved over the area where the wire trenches were run - so I can not go back to the basement and re-run the power wire I need to give me 220... SO - Here are my questions:

1) Am I just plain out-of-luck - all dressed up with no place to go?

2) Can I buy a device that converts 110 to 220 - so I can plug in my 220 ONLY jointer?

3) Do I call the consumer Energy and have them charge me my "Next born" to run a seperate power run into my polebarn (I am 1/3 of a mile off the road - I had to pay 3K+ to get power out to my house to begin with..)5 power poles later I had my juice..

4) Do I send back the 220 Jointer that I just received from Grizzly?

5) And yes - I know now that a little more planning on the front-end would have been helpful (and stopped me from buying a jointer that I can't use)...(Even though I got a great deal on it - 600.00 for an 8"inch jointer is a great deal...)

Thanks in advance - for any help, as any help you can give has got to better than what I have now...


09:45AM | 09/16/05
Member Since: 04/25/05
1915 lifetime posts
You can get transformer to covert 120, to 240.

HOWEVER, I doubt that you have enough electrical supply for that.

But what was run. Underground feeder (UF cable) or conduit?

What size wires? What size breaker in the main panel?

If conduit, what size conduit?


09:46AM | 09/16/05
Member Since: 04/25/05
1915 lifetime posts
What is the size of the motor on the jointer? Both HP and current rating if you have it.


10:37AM | 09/17/05
Member Since: 05/03/05
79 lifetime posts
You have a couple choces.

listed by cost:

1. No Jointer

2. Replace motor in Jointer with a 120V unit

3. 120V jointer (sell the good deal one, buy a smaller one)

4. Replace underground wiring from house to pole barn with heavier circuit--60Amp, 120/240v

5. Install power company meter on pole barn minimum 100Amp, 120/240v maybe even 200Amp. (The initial cost of getting power back to the house is done $3K, this is just an add on)
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