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Dryer plug for our British treadmill???

Discussion in 'Beginner Electronics' started by doublethegarlic, Apr 16, 2004.

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  1. Our British treadmill is a juicy 5' from our (U.S.) 220V dryer outlet,
    and since that treadmill has now blown the third fuse (in as many
    weeks) on our specially-bought transformer (though I reckon the fault
    lies more with house voltage spikes), I am wondering....

    Can I safely replace the British plug on the end of the treadmill with
    a dryer plug? (And, if so, could anyone give guidance as to how this
    might be done?)

    Long shot: Does anyone know if plug adapters exist for this sort of
    thing??

    Treadmill: 6 A, 50/60 Hz, 230V
    NEMA 14 30R outlet: 30A, 125/250V

    Many thanks,

    doublethegarlic
     
  2. JeffM

    JeffM Guest

    Treadmill: 6 A, 50/60 Hz, 230V
    Yes. A 30 amp plug on a 6 amp load will work.
     
  3. Larry

    Larry Guest

    What your thinking of doing will work, but not very safe (motor
    protection)

    If you used a dryer cord from outlet to a sub fuse/circuit breaker
    wall box.
    This sub box should be fused at 9 or 10 amps and the output wired to
    your treadmill.
    Hope it helps.
     
  4. Dear Larry and Jeff,

    Thanks for your help regarding amps and circuit breaker wiring. I
    finally located the niggly little fuses through Gould (5x20mm 15A
    250V), but perhaps a _direct_ 240 line to the fuse box will be the
    best/safest longterm bet. ??

    Thanks again,

    doublethegarlic
     
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