220v plug to two 110v plugs.

Old 02-02-18, 01:49 PM
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220v plug to two 110v plugs.

I have a 220v single phase circuit with 30 amps of current used to run powertools in a shop. It runs with a black, white and green wire. As I understand it, the black and the white each deliver 110v, and the green is the ground. First, is it possible to plug into the 220v receptacle, and somehow wire it to two separate plugs which would each deliver 110v? Second, if so, how do I do it? Hoping it is possible to do this without having to change breakers. But if impossible, pls. advise.
Old 02-02-18, 02:10 PM
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Voltage is 120 or 240. 120v is derived from one hot and the neutral. 240 volts uses both hots and no neutral.

Safest is to run a new 240v line from a two pole breaker. What you wanted to do is not a good idea.
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We used to make a short cord that would plug into a 30 amp 240 jobsite outlet in order to run air compressors. I think it's technically illegal, the inspector allowed it as long as we only had big amp equipment hooked to it. He threaten to shut you down if he saw a radio or saw being used from that power source. It was something we had to do in order to work on some jobsites.

As Ray said you are better off running a new circuit!
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You want to obtain two 120v female caps from your 240v line. In order to do that you would need a four wire feed and four wire plug. Two hots, a neutral and a ground. Right now you don't have a neutral available. Then you'd need to change the breaker to 20A.

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It is impossible (or rather, against code) as it stands. The first stumbling block is lack of a neutral.
Old 02-03-18, 02:58 AM
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Regular receptacles are limited to 20 amp maximum.

If the tablesaw is straight 240 there is no neutral to make a 120 circuit.

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