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#53353 - 06/22/05 08:39 AM German machine  
scodenn  Offline
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Menlo Park,CA USA
I recently purchased a Rems threader. I was shipped with a cord but no plug on the end. It is a 230v unit but it has 5 wires rather than the 3 or 4 standard on American cords. Any ideas as to how I put a plug on it so I can plug it into a recepticle and start threading?

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#53354 - 06/22/05 08:58 AM Re: German machine  
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Stockholm, Sweden
The colours are likely to be:

Green/yellow - Equipment ground
Light blue - Neutral
Brown - Phase 1
Black - 2
Grey - 3

The blue wire (neutral) isn't necessarily connected in the machine: 4- wire cords are harder to find than 5-wire cords. Therefore, oftentimes you simply cap one wire off and leave it unused. Have a look under the cover.

Have you double-checked that the nameplate says 230V, 60Hz? ("German" and "5 wires" hints at 230/400V, 50 Hz)

#53355 - 06/22/05 09:06 AM Re: German machine  
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Forgot to say Welcome to the forum!

I noticed that your profile says Menlo Park - a very electric address [Linked Image]

#53356 - 06/23/05 09:19 AM Re: German machine  
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Menlo Park,CA USA
Thanks for the rapid response. I hail from the other Menlo Park. We're more electronic then electric in this part of California.

#53357 - 06/23/05 08:00 PM Re: German machine  
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Is it the Menlo Park in the Bay Area? The place with a really (interesting older) electrical inspector? I didn't know there were two...

Edit to remove unsavory comment...

[This message has been edited by e57 (edited 06-23-2005).]

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#53358 - 06/23/05 08:39 PM Re: German machine  
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palo alto, ca usa
Mapquest tells me that there are two Menlo Parks..

Menlo Park, San Mateo County, California
Menlo Park, Middlesex County, New Jersey

Menlo Park, Ca has an good bookstore (Keplers), good hamburgers (Oasis), good chinese food (Su Hong), and no snow.
Downsides: too many stoplights on El Camino..

I've never been to Menlo Park, NJ, but I bet there is a lot more snow there..

Now what the story on the electrical inspector?

[This message has been edited by techie (edited 06-23-2005).]

#53359 - 06/23/05 09:40 PM Re: German machine  
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When I first moved to this area many years ago, I asked someone about Edison, and learned that I was on the wrong coast to find an Edison museum.

But just over San Francisquito Creek in Palo Alto, we have the birthplace of the vacuum tube, the site of the invention of the amplifier and oscillator, the Hewlett Packard garage, and the birthplace of the integrated circuit. Not too shabby for one sleepy little town!

#53360 - 06/24/05 11:35 AM Re: German machine  
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On the other hand there is a pretty extensive Edison museum in Ft Myers Florida for those who like sunshine. Tommy boy was one of the first "snowbirds". He, Harvey Firestone and Henry Ford owned about a half mile of Ft Myers waterfront and they had a big lab here too.

Greg Fretwell

#53361 - 06/26/05 12:58 AM Re: German machine  
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The Henry Ford museum in Dearborn MI has a tremendous amount of Edison stuff including his Menlo Park workshop down to the soil it was sitting on!

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