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Motor Lead Size

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While making up the power cord for a hydraulic motor (110V / 2.5kW), I noticed the internal motor leads are only 14 AWG. Seems undersized, given the load. I was planning to use 10 AWG SO cord, but now I'm not sure if that's overkill. I'm also not sure if the motor is incorrect for this application (car lift), even though it is a factory off-the-shelf hydraulic motor/pump/valve set-up. Motor is started with a simple push-button and relay contactor.

The receptacle is a NEMA L5 that is fed with 10 AWG from a 30A breaker.

Any explanation and/or advice (especially about why the internal motor wiring seems undersized) would be most appreciated.
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Thanks, chandler48, I appreciate the follow up. I sure wish it was a dual voltage motor because that is exactly what I would do. In fact, the dedicated circuit that I had installed was mistakenly put in as 240 with double breaker, so I would be all set!
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