Power always on, or power on/off

Eric J Korpela korpela at gmail.com
Sat Apr 23 21:46:18 CDT 2005

I'd also say it depends upon duty cycle (how often you use it) and how
much power you have available.  The bulk of my collection sits on a
single 20 amp breaker which would be somewhat taxed by having every
machine on.  I'd say if a machine has less than a 5% duty cycle leave
it off.  I'd be surprised if the stress of one power cycle a month is
more than the stress of being continuously on.

I'd also say you should turn on every machine at least a couple hours
a month if possible. (long enough to reach normal operating
temperatures, blow the dust out of the vents, dry things out, loosen
up lubricants, keep the electrolytic caps polarized, exercise the
drive heads, make it feel wanted)


On 4/23/05, William Donzelli <aw288 at osfn.org> wrote:
> > So what is the opinion of the group? Leave it on, or shut it off?
> >
> > (and I hope I'm not starting a long flaming thread)
> Not flames, but heat.
> I have found that things that are prperly designed regarding cooling work
> better when left on.
> You will pretty much have to determine what is best for each equipment on
> a case by case basis.
> William Donzelli
> aw288 at osfn.org

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