110-230V 'Lectrical Help Please

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110-230V 'Lectrical Help Please

Post by FredS » Tue Aug 08, 2017 2:37 pm

I bought a Foredom flex shaft tool from China. The motor itself is marked for 110V and has a US 3-pronged plug and works fine if I plug it in but of course it runs at max speed. The foot pedal switch has a US 3-pronged (female) coming out that the motor cord will plug in to. The inlet cord to the foot switch is a problem though as it's a European style plug. Can I just replace that cord with a 3-pronged US cord? Since the foot switch is labeled 110-230V I assume it has some sort of transformer or whatever to sense the voltage and adjust it down if it's 230V but that shouldn't matter as I'll be running 110V.

Will I be OK to replace this cord?

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Re: 110-230V 'Lectrical Help Please

Post by FredS » Tue Aug 08, 2017 2:43 pm

Here's a schematic of the deal so I can match up the wire colors easy enough. My switch is labeled FCT-2.

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Re: 110-230V 'Lectrical Help Please

Post by Skip » Tue Aug 08, 2017 2:57 pm

You should be Just Fine. Match the colors correctly and you're good to go. The foot switch interrupts the hot side of the circuit; that's the thing to make sure you have right. (I once had to fix someone's wiring where they put the switch on the return side; I discovered that AFTER getting jolted at the light fixture with the switch in the off position...)
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Re: 110-230V 'Lectrical Help Please

Post by Skip » Tue Aug 08, 2017 3:00 pm

And my guess is that the foot switch is just a single-phase switch that doesn't care what voltage you give it. I wouldn't bet on it knocking the voltage down, but since you're only plugging it in to 110, who cares?
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Re: 110-230V 'Lectrical Help Please

Post by FredS » Tue Aug 08, 2017 3:01 pm

Thanks for the quick advice Skip. I bought the thing dirt cheap from China and I don't mind spending a few bucks for a new cord, or even chopping up one I already have.

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Re: 110-230V 'Lectrical Help Please

Post by Skip » Tue Aug 08, 2017 3:48 pm

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Thanks for the quick advice Skip. I bought the thing dirt cheap from China and I don't mind spending a few bucks for a new cord, or even chopping up one I already have.

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Re: 110-230V 'Lectrical Help Please

Post by coco » Tue Aug 08, 2017 4:16 pm

You're good, bro. Looks like all it's really just a switch.
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Re: 110-230V 'Lectrical Help Please

Post by SlowToke » Tue Aug 08, 2017 8:28 pm

Where'd you get it Fred? I've wanted to replace my Dremel with a Foredom-style with foot pedal for some time but just can't bring myself to drop the coin for an actual Foredom.
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Post by hugodrax » Tue Aug 08, 2017 9:15 pm

I miss Fred.
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Re: 110-230V 'Lectrical Help Please

Post by Sir Moose » Tue Aug 08, 2017 11:54 pm

hugodrax wrote:
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I miss Fred.
Perhaps we shouldn't have let Skip electrocute him.
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Re: 110-230V 'Lectrical Help Please

Post by hugodrax » Wed Aug 09, 2017 12:02 am

Sir Moose wrote:
Tue Aug 08, 2017 11:54 pm
hugodrax wrote:
Tue Aug 08, 2017 9:15 pm
I miss Fred.
Perhaps we shouldn't have let Skip electrocute him.
That's crazy talk. Little electroshock therapy is just what the doctor ordered for most of us. :D
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Re: 110-230V 'Lectrical Help Please

Post by sweetandsour » Wed Aug 09, 2017 3:47 am

My father in law is a retired electrician, and for some reason can't feel 110. I got lit up more than once, before he informed me of this fact.
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Re: 110-230V 'Lectrical Help Please

Post by coco » Wed Aug 09, 2017 4:01 am

hugodrax wrote:
Wed Aug 09, 2017 12:02 am
Sir Moose wrote:
Tue Aug 08, 2017 11:54 pm
hugodrax wrote:
Tue Aug 08, 2017 9:15 pm
I miss Fred.
Perhaps we shouldn't have let Skip electrocute him.
That's crazy talk. Little electroshock therapy is just what the doctor ordered for most of us. :D
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Re: 110-230V 'Lectrical Help Please

Post by venator260 » Wed Aug 09, 2017 7:02 am

For all of you getting shocked when doing electrical work:

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Re: 110-230V 'Lectrical Help Please

Post by Del » Wed Aug 09, 2017 7:11 am

venator260 wrote:
Wed Aug 09, 2017 7:02 am
For all of you getting shocked when doing electrical work:

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Re: 110-230V 'Lectrical Help Please

Post by FredS » Wed Aug 09, 2017 7:31 am

SlowToke wrote:
Tue Aug 08, 2017 8:28 pm
Where'd you get it Fred? I've wanted to replace my Dremel with a Foredom-style with foot pedal for some time but just can't bring myself to drop the coin for an actual Foredom.
AliExpress.com. $84.00 to my door for the motor, flex shaft, foot switch,and handpiece. This is the SR model so it has forward and reverse which should be good for some sanding operations to keep the tool from walking over and edge. A standard rotary hand piece with jacobs style chuck was included. I bought a hammer handpiece for $30 shipped and a quick change rotary handpiece (a hand lever opens and closes the collet) for $13. I'm not sure what sort of gray market this is, but it's much less than buying from a US supplier. The big stuff shipped DHL so it arrived in about a week. The small stuff ships via post and usually takes 3-4 weeks.
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Re: 110-230V 'Lectrical Help Please

Post by FredS » Wed Aug 09, 2017 7:36 am

sweetandsour wrote:
Wed Aug 09, 2017 3:47 am
My father in law is a retired electrician, and for some reason can't feel 110. I got lit up more than once, before he informed me of this fact.
I've been whacked a few times. Seems incredible that someone couldn't feel that.
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Re: 110-230V 'Lectrical Help Please

Post by sweetandsour » Wed Aug 09, 2017 7:46 am

FredS wrote:
Wed Aug 09, 2017 7:36 am
sweetandsour wrote:
Wed Aug 09, 2017 3:47 am
My father in law is a retired electrician, and for some reason can't feel 110. I got lit up more than once, before he informed me of this fact.
I've been whacked a few times. Seems incredible that someone couldn't feel that.
Tell me about it.
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Re: 110-230V 'Lectrical Help Please

Post by SlowToke » Wed Aug 09, 2017 7:49 pm

110 just tickles the funny bone. I worked for several years for an electrician and had my share of zaps.
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