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Re: Variacs Wanted

Original poster: "Gerry Reynolds" <gerryreynolds-at-earthlink-dot-net> 

Hi Steve,

Yes,  the one I bought (from the canadian outfit) had the wiring of the
power cord (input) reversed such that the circuit breaker was in the neutral
path.  When the variac was set to 0 volts out,  the output plug had both the
neutral and hot at 120 Vac.  A short from one of the outputs to safety
ground (with the output knob at zero) resulted in an unprotected current
path.  If you buy one, check the wiring and fix it.  Otherwise it is an OK
unit.  Some of the workmanship is shoddy, but if you are willing to redo it,
the unit will be fine.  The basic core and winding is fine.

Gerry R

 > Original poster: "S&JY" <youngsters-at-konnections-dot-net>
 > Does anyone have one or two 120V 60 Hz 20A variacs they want to sell?
 > Does anyone have any experience with the recently made available new 120V
 > 20A Chinese variacs that are for sale on Ebay and other places?  They sell
 > for $100 - $110 which is not a bad price if they are any good.
 > Thanks,
 > --Steve Young