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Old 05-08-2008, 01:39 PM
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Another strange electrical connector

A couple months ago there was a thread regarding a very strange looking household outlet. Last week I plucked this blower from a Jenn-Air range my sister was discarding hoping I might be able to use it to exhaust my blasting cabinet. (I don't know the cfm but it looks pretty stout to me.)



When I went to test it out the plug just wouldn't go in the wall outlet no matter how hard I tried to jamb it. Finally I took a look at the prongs and was quite surprised (see pictures below).

I'm assuming this is some sort of proprietary thing Jenn-Air does to try to make you buy THEIR blower when you need a replacement. Anybody have a better idea? I'm just going to hack off the plug and replace it with a normal one - unless somebody knows a compelling reason not to.




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Old 05-08-2008, 02:10 PM
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Strange Connector.

Just lop it off. Chances are it's either a 120v or a 220v motor. Down side of a 220 motor is it will run at 1/2 the speed. Just the companies way of making sure you are not going to use it for something else.
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I had a motor off an industrial vacuum that looked just like that, I just replaced the plug head on mine by splicing a old shop fan end on. (I used the rotating shaft to make grinder, and ran the blower to blow the dust/shavings away from my face.)
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Yup. I just lopped off that funny lookin' plug and put on a normal plug and it runs great. I still have to get the input side of the squirrel cage adapted over to my blasting cabinet but I think the setup is going to work much better than the shop-vac set up I currently use. This puppy really moves a lot of air. Best part is...it was FREE.
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I would have just smashed the plug peg.
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