Post in 'The Gear' started by velvetfoot, Jan 5, 2013.
There are "slow-blow" versions, but the average fuse/breaker will pop almost exactly as rated.
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I think I did that measurement with a kill a watt, so it's probably low.
We may be talking about different units though.
edit: my circuit is 20 amp.
It sure is possible that some may require a 20 amp circuit.
I used a 15amp circuit and a 50ft extension and it never had a problem well till the seals blew that is!
On sale and with a 20% off coupon $340.00, The Harbor Freight 7 ton has split every thing I put on it, including 20" rounds,except knotty elm
Other 4 tons shown on Amazon are 15 amps. 15 amps x 120v = 1800 watts.
Thanx, It's a little confusing to me as some of the the 4/7ton 2 speeds I've looked at are rated at 1500watt/ 2300watt but still operate on "standard house current". Presumably the speed is slower at the 7 ton setting?
I would take from that difference that the amperage draw is different. Basically amp rating will be similar to hp rating in gas liquid fuel engines.Iza bigga mota! I have had to learn the watt to electric method before as I needed to run specific machinery off the service truck. Currently running 3500 watt inverters.
Some of the 4 ton splitters are 2hp, some are 3hp, and some 5 tonners are 3hp. Maybe not running constant duty allows for a higher draw intermittently (surge)? Trying to figure if I can run a 4/7 ton with a small portable genset. Seems like a 2000 watt genny may run a 4/7 ton 3hp machine.
If you are not going to split nasty stuff, I would bet the draw will be south of 1400 watts. Can't see how a splitter would max out draw unless under stress/load. Is there secondary pumps, or are these even hydro?
Some of them, at least, list reservoir cap., so they're electric over hydraulic. It doesn't take a lot of motor to do a lot with hydraulics. I've got a bucket truck with E/H and the motor is smaller than a coffee can. We used to jack mega-ton railroad bridges with a small (2-3 hp) gas/pump/ res. unit supplying 4 jacks on the corners.
I've raved on about my Homelite for years. I'm sure everyone is tired of hearing it. It is my only splitter and I share it with a friend. We both use about 5 cords per year. Biggest I've split is 28 in. dia. black oak and 30 in. dia. Douglas fir. I'll buy another when this one quits.
Just watched the video, very impressive.
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