100' is very long. Many orange extension cords are only #16.
I found that long runs to motorized towers, especially with ext. cords,
there was enough voltage drop that the various motors had trouble getting
On Jul 18, 2010, at 10:20 PM, "Fredric Serota" <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> Just finished building new SteppIR DB36 and mounting on new TX455. First
> time lifting tower vertical, it went up about half way and the motor
> to a stop. Tried bringing it down partly, then fully and it wouldn't start
> to lift again, just kind of groaning. Tilted tower over to almost
> and the motor extended the tower without apparent problem. Checked for
> anything interfering and found nothing. Limit switches seem to be working
> fine. Brought back to vertical again, and the motor just groans, won't
> Running at 120 volts 15 amps as it comes wired from the factory. Powering
> with a 100ft extension cord (orange) from an outlet in our garage.
> Any ideas appreciated. Do people wire these motors for 220? Would that be
> Fred, K3BHX
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