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Old 01-04-2013, 02:06 AM   #11
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Locomotive power cable? Good stuff--- My HLT that I am trying to heat is 35gallons.

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Old 01-05-2013, 03:45 PM   #12
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Locomotive power cable? Good stuff--- My HLT that I am trying to heat is 35gallons.
You're right, should be sufficient current capacity. Older locomotives with DC traction motors use 600 Volts DC with approximately 600 Amps. The individual conductor is over 1" diameter stranded cable. I haven't worked with it in years, but it left an impression.
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We were building an electric drag motorbike a while back and used locomotive cable for power from the battery bus to the speed controller to the drive motor input.

Crazy horse is a 74 pinto with like 100 batteries. so it runs something like 144vdc and dumps over 1000amps through the speed controller.

the guys building industrial power distribution panels in warehouses use locomotive power wire or something similar. It's 4 wire cable and each wire is about the size of a welding lead. yeah good stuff sorry I got off topic
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