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Air compresson voltage choice.

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Jiles

01-05-2013 14:32:39
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I have Kobalt 6 HP air compressor that came with 110v cord and it works fine. The instruction book shows how to wire for a 220v.

I have both sources available at compressor. I am gettting conflicting information as to which voltage would be better/cheaper to operate.
Can someone advise me?




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showcrop

01-06-2013 05:19:29
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 Re: Air compresson voltage choice. in reply to Jiles, 01-05-2013 14:32:39  
220 CAN be cheaper to run because it makes balancing your load easier. However, you still need to balance your load, which takes thought and time. Balancing you load can significantly reduce your demand charge, which we all know can drive you bill up.



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Russ from MN

01-05-2013 20:55:15
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 Re: Air compresson voltage choice. in reply to Jiles, 01-05-2013 14:32:39  
220 is better, and fewer people will be able to borrow it!



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John T

01-05-2013 18:31:03
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 Re: Air compresson voltage choice. in reply to Jiles, 01-05-2013 14:32:39  
If I had the choice between 120 or 240 (both readily available) NO WAY ID USE 120........ When we designed power distribution systems and motor control in our industrial facility we went with higher voltages anytime possible and of course, three phase if available

John T



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Ken Macfarlane

01-05-2013 16:31:58
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 Re: Air compresson voltage choice. in reply to Jiles, 01-05-2013 14:32:39  
120 V is ok. 240 V helps if you have a long wiring run.



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old

01-05-2013 15:05:12
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 Re: Air compresson voltage choice. in reply to Jiles, 01-05-2013 14:32:39  
220 is always better then 110. The motor will run cooler and use a tad bit less power and just plan is more efficient then 110 is.



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MarkB_MI

01-05-2013 14:50:41
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 Re: Air compresson voltage choice. in reply to Jiles, 01-05-2013 14:32:39  
If it will run on 120 volts, it isn't a 6 hp air compressor. Unless you're running it on one leg of a 50 amp circuit.

That said, 240 is better. It won't necessarily be cheaper, but you'll get less voltage drop and that means better starting and cooler running.



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