208y power, does it suck?
November 1, 2006 6:55 PM Subscribe
What are the characteristics and drawbacks of 208Y power? Specifically will it run my industrial sewing machines that want 220v?
posted by Jawn to Technology (10 answers total)
I am in the process of converting an old beer warehouse into a live/work space where the work I will be doing is clothes manufacturing. We were originally told that our power was to be 60 amps of three phase 220 power. It now seems that it is 60 amps of 208Y power. I have heard conflicting views on whether it's better or worse than 220, but what I'm worried about is whether it will run several industrial sewing machines and irons or not.
If the machines call for 220v will they run at 208? I have heard they will, but they will run slower, is this true/will it harm the motors?
I don't know the amperage draw for these machines, but I do know a 1700 watt iron pulls about 15. I'm trying to upgrade to at least 100 amps and preferably 125. Will this be enough?