110v Vs 240v
What is the difference between 110v & 240v power tools?
The main difference between 110v and 240v electric power tools is the voltage levels that run them. There is no difference in the power or function of 110v and 240v tools. They work in the same way and offer the same output. The main reason we have a difference is health and safety, and the wellbeing of workers.
240v tools are compatible with domestic plug sockets, while 110v tools are mainly for site use. So if you're doing some home DIY, you should opt for the 240v version of the power tool. Likewise, if you're working on a building site, you'll need a 110v tool.
You use 110v equipment on-site as the risk of harm in the event of an accident is reduced. On-site, we generally use isolating transformers to provide two 55v lines out of phase. This means that you can connect 110v tools to them, and if a cable is cut or damaged, the voltage is halved, and the shock is less likely to be fatal. 110v is a requirement on most sites, and 240v tools are not allowed due to health and safety. Check with the site manager to find out the rules of your specific site and what they allow.
You can plug a 240v to 110v transformer into a standard 240v pocket socket. The transformer drops the voltage down to 110v, so it is safer. This also means you don't have to use circuit breakers.
If a power tool is not available in 240v, you can still use it at home. But, you will also need to hire a transformer to convert the voltage to 240v.
When you book power tool hire with National Tool Hire Shops, you can select whether you would like 240v or 110v. However, some of our power tools are only available in 110v, so you will also need to hire a transformer if you are hiring for home use. You can add a transformer to your order in the online checkout.
For more information on our range of power tools for hire and their voltages, take a look at our website or contact our Hire Team - they will be happy to help!