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Offline pyleg

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Generator sizing and peak TS55 power consumption
« on: May 29, 2012, 12:37 PM »
I am sizing a generator and need to know what the *peak* start up and load comsumption of the TS55 is.  The Festool USA site lists the following,

1200W/10A

But I read elsewhere on the web (yeah, yeah, that's why I'm asking) that manufacturer power ratings should be looked at more as minimums. 

Thank you. 

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Offline Sal LiVecchi

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Re: Generator sizing and peak TS55 power consumption
« Reply #1 on: May 29, 2012, 05:10 PM »
I have used my 3500 Watt ( Briggs & Stratton Portable Generator ) on job sites many times with my TS 55 setup, Compressor and other assorted tools with no problem with an voltage draw on the saw at all.

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Re: Generator sizing and peak TS55 power consumption
« Reply #2 on: May 29, 2012, 05:35 PM »
Look at them as minimums and always consider startup.  Power tools draw a ton of power at startup.
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Re: Generator sizing and peak TS55 power consumption
« Reply #3 on: May 29, 2012, 05:50 PM »
Most electrical devices (generators, breakers) are rated for 130% overload for the brief start-up period needed.  Just figure the total run current needed for the TS55 and any dust extractor needed, then multiply that aggregate number by 1.3 to see that it is less than the rated run capacity of your selected generator.  

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Edit:  One thing I'd add is to be sure that the generator has a true sine wave output.  Some generators have square wave or "modified" square wave output, and some equipment will not run properly on anything but true sine wave output.  Check with the manufacturer of your tools to ascertain the requirements of your tools before selecting a generator.  

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Re: Generator sizing and peak TS55 power consumption
« Reply #4 on: May 29, 2012, 06:04 PM »
I believe 750 watts equal 1 HP. So 1200 watts equal 1.6 HP. Even at start up it should not go over double so a 3000 sustained watt generator should be good. Probably in you're situation the extension chord is important and should be of a gauge as not to cause amperage drop. AC and DC current is not the same. I do not now if the generator caused this but I have charged batteries only to have them smoke to there death when put back in the drill. MARK
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Re: Generator sizing and peak TS55 power consumption
« Reply #5 on: May 29, 2012, 07:26 PM »
I don't know the requirements but might be able to find out. I'll ask the resident technical specifications guy to see if he knows.  [wink]

Remember, the TS features a soft start feature, so it's not going to have an immediate spike when you trigger it like you would see with other tools. You can actually hear it ramp up the juice over a couple of seconds when you turn it on.

Edit: The minimum recommendation would probably be 3500. Always plan on needing more generator than you think you'll need. 5000 would be even better. If you add a few other things, like a dust extractor, you'll need the extra capacity.

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Offline awdriven

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Re: Re: Generator sizing and peak TS55 power consumption
« Reply #6 on: May 29, 2012, 10:23 PM »
My TS55 ran fine on my Honda EU3000is generator.

Offline pyleg

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Re: Generator sizing and peak TS55 power consumption
« Reply #7 on: May 30, 2012, 09:06 AM »

Edit: The minimum recommendation would probably be 3500. Always plan on needing more generator than you think you'll need. 5000 would be even better. If you add a few other things, like a dust extractor, you'll need the extra capacity.


Thanks for checking!

Offline pyleg

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Re: Re: Generator sizing and peak TS55 power consumption
« Reply #8 on: May 30, 2012, 09:13 AM »
My TS55 ran fine on my Honda EU3000is generator.

I'm thinking of getting two Honda eu2000i's or the equivalent Yamahas and running them parallel.  I'd do the eu3000 but lifting it is a question.  If I had unlimited back strength, I'd get a much cheaper contractor model, but that wasn't meant to be, I guess.   [sad]

Offline Laminator

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Re: Generator sizing and peak TS55 power consumption
« Reply #9 on: May 30, 2012, 10:14 AM »
You can't go wrong with the pair of Honda 2000's.    I have used mine very successfully with the 55+ct and with the Kapex+ct.

Offline awdriven

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Re: Generator sizing and peak TS55 power consumption
« Reply #10 on: May 30, 2012, 05:22 PM »
I think 2 EU2000s would be a good choice. If you plan to use them for an extended work day, you may find yourself refueling them more often than you'd like. If you're willing to consider a used unit, a lot of those were sold last year with the hurricanes. There are probably some good deals to be had. The EU series are expensive but they are very unobtrusive.

Offline ben_r_

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Re: Generator sizing and peak TS55 power consumption
« Reply #11 on: April 18, 2017, 12:49 PM »
Bumping an old thread.
You can't go wrong with the pair of Honda 2000's.    I have used mine very successfully with the 55+ct and with the Kapex+ct.
If the TS 55 and a CT vac will run fine on a typical 15 amp household AC circuit, why would anything more than a single 2000W generator be needed? 2000 watts at 120V should yeild a study 16.7 amps right?
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Offline Laminator

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Re: Generator sizing and peak TS55 power consumption
« Reply #12 on: May 12, 2017, 06:27 PM »
I believe the eu2000 is rated 1600 watts, 13.3 amps continuous. It is rated  2000watts, 16amp for short durations  (30 minutes).