Amps of outdoor extension cord vs receptacle amps

Old 04-04-19, 03:56 PM
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Amps of outdoor extension cord vs receptacle amps

Sorry, if this post is in the wrong forum. But it's about electricity.

I want to use a shredder in the garden. It will draw 14 amp through 12 gauge extension cord (50 ft) and exceed 80% of the rating capacity of 15A receptacle (i.e.12 amps). I am concerned about my old wiring that can overheat and start a fire. Question: should I use a smaller or bigger gauge for the extension cord, or to plug the cord into the 20A receptacle? Or not to worry at all, everything would be OK?
Old 04-04-19, 04:00 PM
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Thread moved to electrical. (you didn't even get a chance to blink)

The 80% only pertains to continuous use devices..... not your shredder.
However.... I'd highly recommend plugging that shredder in to a 20A circuit.
The 50' #12 cord is fine for that application.

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