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Help?!! I have a craftsman saw motor (Type K S 55 BBB-699,

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I have a craftsman saw motor (Type K S 55 BBB-699, CODE K68) operating on 110V) that I want to convert to 220V operation. Without a wiring diagram I am confused by the wiring instructions printed on the motor connection box cover.
The connection box contains the following wires:
1 red, 1 blue, 1 white, 1 black, 1 brown, 1 green
For 220V the I understand the cover to suggest the following:
1. Brown disconnected and insulated,
2. Blue and green connected to Input Line #1
3. Black and white connected to Input Line #2
QUESTION: If my interpretation of the instructions is correct, what should I do with the red wire??
Joe Keilbach
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Small Engine
Expert:  AssuredElectrical replied 1 year ago.

Welcome. My name is ***** ***** would be glad to assist.

Can you get a picture of the motors nameplate and post here for review please

Use the paper clip symbol on the tool bar to upload directly here or upload to a free share site and then post the private links they provide here so they can be accessed.

Let me know and we can continue


Customer: replied 1 year ago.
No paper clip on my tool bar. Am attaching a PNG image of nameplate.
Expert:  AssuredElectrical replied 1 year ago.

Ok, thanks. The pictures are uploaded so something worked

The Label states this with the wires on 230 volts:

1.White and Black to White cord lead

2.Green and Blue to Red

3. Brown insulated and unused

Exact same wires as shown in the 115 volt just different connections, same total and colors

115 volts:

1. White, red and black to white cord lead

2. Green and Blue to Brown

All wire colors shown same as 230 volts

What is it I am missing here from your question?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
I asume that the white and black wires they connect to white cord lead (line #1They specify White and Black connect to White cord lead (which I assume is input Line #1) and green and blue connect to red (which I assume refers to Input Line #2). This leaves an unconnected red wire in the connection box! It seems that wire needs to be connected somewhere. Also, Why don't they mention a second (black?) cord line, which I am calling Line #2.
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
This message system inhibits editing. I couldn't delete inadvertant blank lines in my response to you.
Expert:  AssuredElectrical replied 1 year ago.


it is the same exact wire colors and total when running on 115 volts.

It was wired for 115 volts, so tell me how the wires are connected?

Different than the motor label?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
For 110V, Wires connected as indicated, viz, W, R, & B connect to white cord lead; G, B, & Br connect to black cord lead. All wires in box are accounted for.
Do they mean that for 230V W & B connect to Line #1 and G, B, & R connect to Line #2, with Brn insulated?
Expert:  AssuredElectrical replied 1 year ago.

That sounds correct based on the 115 volt.

But they do not state Line #1 and Line #2 anywhere.

They use the term White for one connection to be sure those are connected to the neutral.

Probably to insure that the capacitor gets voltage on the others on Line #1

Line #2 is white normally with motors on 115 volts

Line #1 is the hot on 115 volts

With 230 volts, both are hot

Think of it this way.

You are just moving the red to the green and blue

and removing the brown from the connection all together.

Everything else stays the same

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
I understand your latest assessment. God forbid that it creates a genie! If it does work, you should apply to Craftsman to be their label creater. Oh, by the way, not everything stays the same; I'll change the plug.
Joe K
Expert:  AssuredElectrical replied 1 year ago.

Ok, very good.

Yea, the plug needs to be matched and rated for 230 volts for sure.

Expert:  AssuredElectrical replied 1 year ago.

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