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    Looking for a plug with a handle

    I 've been looking for a 220 volt 30 amp power grip/pull handle plug to put on the end of my 8-3 Bus drop welder extension cord, (don't like my hand that close to the blades when I have to unplug from the wall ) can't find a 30 amp 3 wire plug that works with a NEMA 6-50 R receptacle would any one know if someone makes one like I want ?
    or will I have to use a 4 wire replacement plug and set it up as a 3 wire ?
    Thanks for any and all help.
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    Re: Looking for a plug with a handle

    Quote Originally Posted by steelsmith101 View Post
    I 've been looking for a 220 volt 30 amp power grip/pull handle plug to put on the end of my 8-3 Bus drop welder extension cord, (don't like my hand that close to the blades when I have to unplug from the wall ) can't find a 30 amp 3 wire plug that works with a NEMA 6-50 R receptacle would any one know if someone makes one like I want ?
    or will I have to use a 4 wire replacement plug and set it up as a 3 wire ?
    Thanks for any and all help.
    Joe
    Why are you looking for a 30 amp cord cap when the receptacle is a 50 amp ? 30 amp and 50 amp plugs I realize are adaptable to either with different prongs that some clam shell ship with you can swap out to make 30 or 50 out of same cord cap but better to just search for a 50 if going in a 50 you may find something but I don't think so.

    Can you just shut off breaker to make it safer for you.

    Or make a handle for it. Buy a clam shell type make a handle and bolt it to the back half of the clamshell with nylon bolts. Very simple to mod one to incorporate the handle you want safely.
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    Re: Looking for a plug with a handle

    How about just a large zip tie threaded between the blades and around to the front and leave enough slack to get your fingers thru it to pull it out of the receptacle? You shouldn't need your fingers near the blades to plug it in.
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    Re: Looking for a plug with a handle

    Quote Originally Posted by mla2ofus View Post
    How about just a large zip tie threaded between the blades and around to the front and leave enough slack to get your fingers thru it to pull it out of the receptacle? You shouldn't need your fingers near the blades to plug it in.
    Another good idea. Maybe just make some slots/notches in the sides while you are assembling the clam shell and pass it through the inside then it is captured and you can put the Tiewrap coupler end inside the plug so just leaves just a nice loop to pull on.

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    Re: Looking for a plug with a handle

    Will I checked with a supply house near me that I use from time to time, they told me they know of no one making what I was looking for. So I will DIMS . I know I should never need something like this But I also have seen what happens when things go wrong.
    Thanks for all of your feed back, take care.
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    I googled DIMS and couldn't find any definition that seemed to pertain to your situation, so please explain.
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    Re: Looking for a plug with a handle

    I've seen plugs with handles used in the RV industry, I didn't pay attention what they were though.
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    Re: Looking for a plug with a handle

    I guess a guy could get one of these https://www.toolorbit.com/superior-e...63d806438bdcba and adapt it to whatever ya got on the wall or the welder.

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    Re: Looking for a plug with a handle

    Quote Originally Posted by mla2ofus View Post
    I googled DIMS and couldn't find any definition that seemed to pertain to your situation, so please explain.
    I am guessing he means "Do It MySelf"
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    Re: Looking for a plug with a handle

    Hi. I can not get my computer to mark the site. But if you google RV cables and plugs at Amazon .ca
    They have both male and female ends with handles on them. You can get either 30 or 50 amp versions
    I'm sure they are available on e bay as well.

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    Re: Looking for a plug with a handle

    Quote Originally Posted by Josey View Post
    Hi. I can not get my computer to mark the site. But if you google RV cables and plugs at Amazon .ca
    They have both male and female ends with handles on them. You can get either 30 or 50 amp versions
    I'm sure they are available on e bay as well.
    Rv cables are going to be either straight 120 Hot, Neutral, Ground or 120/240 2 hots, neutral, ground 4 wire type.

    Straight 240 needed for plugging into 6-50R receptacle. You will not find a RV plug in straight 240 volt with 2 hots and ground.

    But yes you can change to that style 120/240 receptacle and not wire the neutral you don't have/need.
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    Re: Looking for a plug with a handle

    Use a switchbox to de-energize the receptacle on the cord before manually making the connection.Name:  switchbox.jpg
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    Re: Looking for a plug with a handle

    You can always use the 50 amp twist lock shielded plug.
    Pins are recessed inside a metal shield so there is no chance of your hand contacting a live connection. They are not a nema rated plug and come in single phase and 3 phase styles.
    Also known as a California twist lock plug.
    See them used on welders all the time.
    Another choice is look up the Meltric plug. These all real nice.
    The receptacle is a rated disconnect. Receptacle is dead until plug is inserted and turned. To unplug press the release and plug is ejected.
    Only weak point on these plugs is do not drag on concrete. The ears needed to turn the receptacle on can get ground off. easy to prevent. The Meltric plug parts can be used on cord end or panel mounted. look them up.

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    Re: Looking for a plug with a handle

    Looking like the RV plug and 50 amp range receptacle is the way to go. Just don't wire the neutral or pull that blade out of the cord cap completely if removeable.

    One of these

    https://www.walmart.com/ip/50-Amp-RV...a8cfe03e245716

    Into one of these

    https://www.walmart.com/ip/Eaton-125...acle/875402075

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    Re: Looking for a plug with a handle

    I bought a extension cord 25 ft with a pull handle on the plug that is used for my 240 volt welder. Northern Tool so maybe some one sells a plug with handle.

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    Re: Looking for a plug with a handle

    Quote Originally Posted by Bob-O View Post
    I bought a extension cord 25 ft with a pull handle on the plug that is used for my 240 volt welder. Northern Tool so maybe some one sells a plug with handle.
    I have quite a few of those... but they're all 90degree plugs.... I'm guessing the OP wants a straight plug.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ronsii View Post
    I have quite a few of those... but they're all 90degree plugs.... I'm guessing the OP wants a straight plug.
    Straight ones the whole plug/cord cap body is your handle. I was thinking handle on the 90°. They seem to be the ones you have harder time getting a hold of I think.

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    Quote Originally Posted by danielplace View Post
    Straight ones the whole plug/cord cap body is your handle. I was thinking handle on the 90°. They seem to be the ones you have harder time getting a hold of I think.
    Ohhh, I have the worst time getting a grip on them with even the slightest bit of coolant/grease/gunk on my hands or gloves... usually have to loop the cord around my arm to get a good pull on them

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    Re: Looking for a plug with a handle

    Just this morning my wife gave me the task of cutting up a shipping box for the recycle bin and whadaya know it had this plastic handle on it and I thought of this thread.......a couple pokes with my Swiss Army knife and voila! I never thought about having a handle on the plug but it might be nice to make things easier especially with gloves on. I always unplug my machines due to lightning.
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    Re: Looking for a plug with a handle

    At 5/64" there won't be any risk of the plug not seating far enough either in case anyone is wondering, especially considering the light amp draw and duty cycle of a small mig machine
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    Re: Looking for a plug with a handle

    Quote Originally Posted by bigb View Post
    At 5/64" there won't be any risk of the plug not seating far enough either in case anyone is wondering, especially considering the light amp draw and duty cycle of a small mig machine
    With the ground at the top it should only go ground to a single leg when that sheet metal slides down the wall. That is better than phase to phase.

    Just messing with you. Looks good and as long as the box is a decent one and mounted solidly should be great for pulling it right out when your done.

    That thickness will never affect/change the good connection. The blades go in well beyond where the receptacle make contact.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bigb View Post
    At 5/64" there won't be any risk of the plug not seating far enough either in case anyone is wondering, especially considering the light amp draw and duty cycle of a small mig machine
    thats a nice little caliper... Is that an Amazon special?

    I see a couple similar on there....
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    Quote Originally Posted by John T View Post
    thats a nice little caliper... Is that an Amazon special?

    I see a couple similar on there....
    yep, this one https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07X8JQ8L5...6-ffeb1c8a852f
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    Re: Looking for a plug with a handle

    Quote Originally Posted by steelsmith101 View Post
    I 've been looking for a 220 volt 30 amp power grip/pull handle plug to put on the end of my 8-3 Bus drop welder extension cord, (don't like my hand that close to the blades when I have to unplug from the wall ) can't find a 30 amp 3 wire plug that works with a NEMA 6-50 R receptacle would any one know if someone makes one like I want ?
    or will I have to use a 4 wire replacement plug and set it up as a 3 wire ?
    Thanks for any and all help.
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    Re: Looking for a plug with a handle

    If you can't find one, why not make one?

    4 longer bolts, a piece of plate (aluminum or steel) and a handle of some sort (maybe a steel or aluminum rod welded onto the plate). Drill 4 holes to match holes on the cord end, put the longer bolts in, and you're good to go.

    Heres a photo of the back of a 6-50 cord cap. The 4 bolts go right through to nuts on the other side.

    Handle wouldn't be all that hard to make.
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