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    • Steven2521
    • By Steven2521 8th Nov 18, 10:51 PM
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    Steven2521
    Can i use a 240v without a transformer and instead get a lead to plug direct to mains?
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    • 8th Nov 18, 10:51 PM
    Can i use a 240v without a transformer and instead get a lead to plug direct to mains? 8th Nov 18 at 10:51 PM
    Recently purchased a Makita core drill but didn't realise(because at the time I hadn't worked in this environment) that it had the yellow adaptor instead of a3pin plug. Im hoping that I can just get a connector to change to a 3pin (like one you would use on a caravan) and plug directly into the mains?
    Is this safe?

    Thanks for the help 👍
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    • EachPenny
    • By EachPenny 10th Nov 18, 12:28 PM
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    EachPenny
    That would work for some tools. It would just deliver a fraction of the normal power. A circular saw, say, just take it easy, and you'll get the job done eventually. But a core drill?
    Originally posted by GDB2222
    Never underestimate people's capacity to do stupid things.

    I've known people 'save' money and time by using 110v extension leads with a 230v supply and tools. If you are someone who doesn't consider it necessary to observe the yellow/blue/red colour coding then you might possess a yellow cable and trailing socket which has 230v running through it. It doesn't take a massive leap of imagination stupidity to then stick a yellow 110v plug on a 230v tool to save the need for 'adaptors'.

    It should go without saying this is highly dangerous and not something anyone should be doing (although such a device might legitimately be found in a PAT toolkit).

    Hence the need to always check tools if buying them second hand, and ideally check them even if new.
    "In the future, everyone will be rich for 15 minutes"
    • Jackmydad
    • By Jackmydad 10th Nov 18, 5:54 PM
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    Jackmydad
    From somewhere I have a memory of hearing about a 110V tool supplied new with a 230V plug in the days before moulded plugs.
    • shaun from Africa
    • By shaun from Africa 10th Nov 18, 7:11 PM
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    shaun from Africa
    Never underestimate people's capacity to do stupid things.
    Originally posted by EachPenny
    I'm not 100% sure if the post below is genuine but if it is, I wonder if the writer is still with us.
    what is the difference between 110v and 230v power tools, the prices are almost identical, can it be just the plug that is different, and if so can you swap the plugs over, I cant see a problem as long as the cables can take the higher amps when using 110 instead of 230.
    https://community.screwfix.com/threads/110v-tools.28563/
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