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Offline fp1337

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Re: 230volt/50hz tools in the US
« Reply #30 on: April 21, 2015, 06:26 PM »
Why I wonder. UL, and CSA up here do not "allow" many things that are considered safe in regulation mad nanny state EU.

That's just how they close their market to all but the most determined European tool makers (such as Festool). They know their junky Made in USA tools could not compete. And then they complain about Made in China... lol. They are barely 1 step above. I wonder how many of the "big gov" haters are also proponents of these anti-competitive practices.
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Offline Rip Van Winkle

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Re: 230volt/50hz tools in the US
« Reply #31 on: April 21, 2015, 08:05 PM »
Why I wonder. UL, and CSA up here do not "allow" many things that are considered safe in regulation mad nanny state EU.

That's just how they close their market to all but the most determined European tool makers (such as Festool). They know their junky Made in USA tools could not compete. And then they complain about Made in China... lol. They are barely 1 step above. I wonder how many of the "big gov" haters are also proponents of these anti-competitive practices.

While some US made tools can be classified as junk, there are, or at least were, plenty of tools that were very well made, and which would last for a couple decades or more. Some older Milwaukee tools were an example of this, particularly items like their Sawzalls, drills, grinders, etc. Some older Skil and Porter Cable tools are also good examples. The European tools seem to differ from the US tools in some features like safety electronics, and certain innovative features, like the Festool plunge saws.

Offline fp1337

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Re: 230volt/50hz tools in the US
« Reply #32 on: April 22, 2015, 09:51 AM »
Why I wonder. UL, and CSA up here do not "allow" many things that are considered safe in regulation mad nanny state EU.

That's just how they close their market to all but the most determined European tool makers (such as Festool). They know their junky Made in USA tools could not compete. And then they complain about Made in China... lol. They are barely 1 step above. I wonder how many of the "big gov" haters are also proponents of these anti-competitive practices.

While some US made tools can be classified as junk, there are, or at least were, plenty of tools that were very well made, and which would last for a couple decades or more. Some older Milwaukee tools were an example of this, particularly items like their Sawzalls, drills, grinders, etc. Some older Skil and Porter Cable tools are also good examples. The European tools seem to differ from the US tools in some features like safety electronics, and certain innovative features, like the Festool plunge saws.

Like you said, "were".

Offline Holmz

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Re: 230volt/50hz tools in the US
« Reply #33 on: May 11, 2015, 07:53 AM »
You'd have no problem wiring your shop with some 220V @ 60Hz 1ph receptacles.  Look at the ID plate on each tool to see if they accept that.  No need to buy a step-up transformer to turn 110V into 220V when that's what arrives at your service panel, unless the step-up isn't going to 220V.

[thumbs up]
And if the OP was smart he would buy some outlets in Greece, and use those in the shop, so that cord stays as it was.
And Eu extension cord with the male end changed to US then takes care work out of the shop.