15 amp motor tripping breaker


Old 01-20-14, 12:47 PM
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15 amp motor tripping breaker

My wood shop is equipped with 15 amp breakers and 14/2 cable throughout, which is MORE than enough to handle the equipment I own. However, I just purchased a 12 1/2" thickness planer that draws 15 amps. When I turn it on, it will occasionally trip the breaker. Would it be feasible to install a 20 amp breaker (I know it's against code) on the one circuit I use for the planer, or is there another way to overcome the starting draw of the motor? Thanks for any help, and I apologize if this topic has been covered before - I just don't have time to search at work. Thank you!

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Old 01-20-14, 01:02 PM
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You cannot install a 20 amp breaker on #14 wiring to a general use receptacle without creating a fire hazard. You need a new circuit.
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