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ptsbob 03-27-2012 09:43 AM

Advantage of Aluminum vs Copper wiring in power tools
I have noticed that some products; bench grinders and drill presses as an example, have started using aluminum wiring in their motors instead of copper. Is there an advantage to having aluminum wiring? Or should I avoid products with this type of motor?

I understand about wiring in houses, I am more interested in aluminum wiring use in motors of tools.

Thank you

Big Stud 03-27-2012 09:56 AM

I have never seen a tool with aluminum wire in it. Can you be more specific as to what brand you are talking about?

ptsbob 03-27-2012 10:00 AM

Advantage of Aluminum vs Copper wiring in power tools
I was told by a saleman at Depot that some of the Ryobi tools (bench grinder and drill press) were now using Aluminum wiring

toolaholic 03-27-2012 11:42 AM

Back in the 60's GE built double engined U50C diesels for the Union Pacific railroad with aluminum wiring instead of copper wiring! The aluminum wiring was a nightmare and was prone to overheating! The locomotives were scrapped after only a couple of years of service! Google GE U50C and read Wikipedia's page!

junkcollector 03-27-2012 03:19 PM

I'll have to research these tools out for myself, I knew they made aluminum transformer windings for many years, but not consumer grade tools. Makes sense though- aluminum is a lot cheaper, that way they can charge the same as before but make more money!:laughing:

I don't believe there would be a problem if everything is designed correctly, only thing I am thinking of is if they want to use the absolute cheapest motor possible, what else in the tool are they scrimping on?

Big Stud 03-28-2012 09:02 AM

This is just my personal view and I have nothing to back it up but , I would stay away from anything new that has aluminum wiring in it till it becomes proven that it lasts. I have tools that I bought when I started in carpentry like my 35 year old Rockwell Tiger Saw (reciprocating saw, or sawsall). It cost me a pretty penny when I bought it, but time has proven it's worth.

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