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Cummins12V98

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Posted: 07/09/21 10:06am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

For a cord to properly coil on a powered reel it needs to be a SO cord as shown here.

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also if ya use a reel it should be fully unreeled be for use due to counter emf in the circuit. actually for any cord.

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Mine is just looped and stored in the electric bay. Mine is also hardwired.


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poppa wrote:

also if ya use a reel it should be fully unreeled be for use due to counter emf in the circuit. actually for any cord.


Sorry, but you've got some mixed up info there. Counter-EMF does not come into play at all in this situation. Maybe you're thinking of electric motor windings.

The reason for not using the cord while it's not fully unreeled is that if it's being used at anywhere near its capacity, the portion that's still on the reel can overheat to the point of melting or even starting a fire.


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Never worked with heavy power cord, but with heavy extension cables for a winch I found that coiling around a drum by hand is nearly impossible. But feed it into a cylinder, much easier. (Haul 150 feet of 1/2 inch cable in a 14 inch car tire. Roll down to vehicle that needs pulled. Hook to load, roll back to feed out cable. At end, hook to winch cable with cable thru tire. As pull in, tire comes up with, and if breaks the tire slows the whip)

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If there is a complex expensive way to deal with something simple someone is sure to suggest it.

Cooling the 50amp beast got old real fast so a nautical method of storing awkward line is used.

It is flaked into an oval laundry basket. Enough of the female end is left out to reach the inlet. Only as much as needed is pulled out to the utility post.

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Veebyes wrote:

If there is a complex expensive way to deal with something simple someone is sure to suggest it.

Cooling the 50amp beast got old real fast so a nautical method of storing awkward line is used.

It is flaked into an oval laundry basket. Enough of the female end is left out to reach the inlet. Only as much as needed is pulled out to the utility post.

Cheap and effective.


I hear you, but you would be amazed how much better the SOOW cord is! [emoticon]


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blofgren wrote:

Veebyes wrote:

If there is a complex expensive way to deal with something simple someone is sure to suggest it.

Cooling the 50amp beast got old real fast so a nautical method of storing awkward line is used.

It is flaked into an oval laundry basket. Enough of the female end is left out to reach the inlet. Only as much as needed is pulled out to the utility post.

Cheap and effective.


I hear you, but you would be amazed how much better the SOOW cord is! [emoticon]


Well if those asking would realize that the pictures I posted before are 40’ measured of 6/4 SOOW cable in a 3 gallon bucket with my 30 amp to 50 amp dog bone also.
It goes in the bucket at 28 degrees as easily as it does at 80 degrees!

* This post was edited 07/18/21 11:33am by rhagfo *


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Simply look at my pic above. It's like a wet noodle.

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So where does someone buy an extension cord made with SOOW cable? I have yet to find one. I can find the cable itself sold by the foot but I have to buy the male & female plugs. Is that what your folks did or are the available complete somewhere?

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