generator question

Old 06-02-06, 11:02 AM
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generator question

I want to buy a Powermatic planer #1791296. It runs on 230 volts . I need to run it on a generator, but the manufacturer recommends against it, and it will void the warranty. No one at Powermatic will even tell me how many amps it draws. Surely, somewhere in the world someone is running a planer off of a generator. As I have no choice, does anyone out there know how many watt generator I would need to run this machine? thanks for any help...zapatilla
Old 06-02-06, 02:04 PM
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I believe that a 30-amp 230-volt circuit is required for this machine. It does not come with a plug on the end of its power cord, intending for it to be hard-wired to a disconnect.
Electric motors can draw substantial amounts of power when starting or in a stalled condition. I would start with at least a 10KW generator minimum, preferably 15KW for a machine this size.
At 880#, it's not a portable unit.

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