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Old May 25, 2011, 01:22 AM   #1
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Lee pro 220volt pot

I've had one 4lb ingot in my mold for about an hour and the lead hasnt even started melting, is this a dud, or how long does it normally take to get started

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Old May 25, 2011, 06:51 AM   #2
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My Lee 4-20 110 pot will melt a pot full of alloy in 20 Min, or less, so if your 220 pot is wired correctly yes it’s a dude.
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Old May 25, 2011, 09:54 PM   #3
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I never knew that molds were suppose to melt lead...
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Old May 25, 2011, 11:23 PM   #4
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http://thefiringline.com/forums/showthread.php?t=452297

Looks like you don't have it wired correctly. Probably only one leg of the 220 is live, so it won't heat up. Get an electrician to do the wiring, then it will work.

If I may ask, why did you get a 220 volt pot? The 120's work just as well and you can plug them in anywhere.
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Old May 25, 2011, 11:32 PM   #5
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My 4-20 110v will melt a pot full of lead in 20 minutes without a problem.

I would agree, you have a wiring problem. Get that fixed and it will be fine.

I, also, wonder why you opted for the 220v pot. Not saying there is not a legitimate reason, but would like to know as I have always wanted to know the reason for that pot being offered.
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Old May 26, 2011, 07:39 AM   #6
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'Cuz more is ALWAYS better snuffy. <---sarcasm
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Old May 26, 2011, 08:01 AM   #7
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'Cuz more is ALWAYS better snuffy. <---sarcasm
There IS a legit reason for a 220 pot, economy. 220 volts is more efficient, it costs less to operate. Problem is, most houses are not wired with 220 volt plugs where they should be. A simple call to an electrician would result in 220 where you wanted it to be and the pot wired with the correct plug. BUT there again, you're trapped to that location unless you also have him make up an extension cord! I DIDN'T say it would be cheap. Electricians won't even start their trucks for less than 1 hundred bucks, then there's materials and time. It would take some time to break even on the higher efficiency.

Dead-I, good luck on getting it set-up!
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Old May 26, 2011, 09:02 PM   #8
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Ok, guys. If I'm going to set up a casting/lawnmower shed and want to wire it I should consider 220V AND 110V? I have 2 20# 110V pots but electricity isn't getting any cheaper.
Sorry about the hijack but I think you're on to something.
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Old May 27, 2011, 12:34 AM   #9
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I got it all set up using the thread that the above poster quoted, it'll melt 3 4pm ingots within 10 minutes and keep the lead hot and liquid form at about 25% power (in between 2 and 3)


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