Originally Posted by lschiavo
The 80% rule is from the code and is more intended for designing electrical systems. The circuit breaker or fuse is there to protect the wire and prevent fire. I wouldn't worry about going over 80% especially if you are standing there watching it the whole time.
My HLT draws 94% of my circuit capacity plus the same feed powers everything else in my shop. The breaker will tell me when I'm drawing too much...it has a few times.
It was also my understanding that the 80% rule applies to multi-drop circuits, not to dedicated circuits. The 80% rule gets thrown around a lot on these forums in the wrong context quite a bit by people who don't understand it.
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