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I've been given a very sturdy Black and Decker drill. It is a 'D208' 220V~ 50Hz French (2008) two-pin plug drill.
Tried googling this, but I'm still not 100% clear after an hour or so of reading.
Might be a silly question, but better safe than sorry, so:

1) Is it safe to use a 220V ~ 50Hz power tool in the UK? Will the tool be damaged or become a fire risk?

2) With a two-pin plug, there is no earth wire - doesn't this affect safety?

Thanks in advance!


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sounds like it would be fine to me.

modern drills dont usually have an earth cable. atleast drills ive stripped down havent.



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majdnem wrote:
Hi

I've been given a very sturdy Black and Decker drill. It is a 'D208' 220V~ 50Hz French (2008) two-pin plug drill.
Tried googling this, but I'm still not 100% clear after an hour or so of reading.
Might be a silly question, but better safe than sorry, so:

1) Is it safe to use a 220V ~ 50Hz power tool in the UK? Will the tool be damaged or become a fire risk?

2) With a two-pin plug, there is no earth wire - doesn't this affect safety?

Thanks in advance!



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If it's a relatively modern tool it'll be double insulated... look for a symbol that is a square within a square on the tool.

If it's there, then snip off the 2 pin plug and rewire with a standard 3 pin plug. Check the wattage of the drill and use an appropriate fuse in the new plug.

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Very grateful for the replies.
Good to hear from folk who know what they're talking about - put my mind at ease.
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