|Insulation Wall, Nom OD Inches||0.060"|
|New Weight lb/1000FT||837 Lbs|
6/4 SOOW Wiring
Many portable cords contain 6/4 SOOW wiring. This type of wiring acronym can be broken down into the following:
- S – 600 volt severe service cord
- OO – Oil resistant insulation and outer jacket
- W – Weather/water resistant jacket that can be used inside or outside.
All 6/4 SOOW wiring meets a number of different industry approvals and guidelines:
- Its uses are described by the National Electrical Code Article 400
- It is considered a NEC 501.140 Class I Div. 2 wire
- It is MSHA and RoHS compliant
The 6/4 SOOW wiring is constructed from fully annealed bare copper for its conductive properties. The wire has a 6 AWG gauge and features 4 conductors as indicated by the 6/4. It has a stranding (Al/Stl) of 133 x 27. The wire’s diameter complete cable (O.D.) is 1.080 inches. It has a nominal insulation thickness of 0.060 inches. At 90 degrees Celsius, the wire is rated for 45 amps. A spool of 1,000 feet of 6/4 SOOW wire weighs about 837 pounds.
This wiring’s insulation and jacket are what gives it an incredible flexibility in use. The insulation is made from premium grade Ethylene Propylene (EPDM), which is an oil resistant material. The jacket is made from Chlorinated Polyethylene (CPE), a material that is also oil resistant. It’s also water and sunlight resistant, plus it has properties that make it flame retardant as well. The jacket is extremely durable and can withstand being pulled across abrasive surfaces and used in areas where the wire may be jerked, snagged, or otherwise subject to extreme wear and tear.
The most common application of any type of SOOW wiring is in power cables and cords. All of these uses are outlined in NEC Article 400, which goes into detail about the flexibility of this wiring and where and how it can be used.
The 6/4 SOOW wiring may be used in the power cables of portable tools, motors, equipment, appliances, and other devices. It has applications in the residential, industrial, and commercial sectors, and in fact is one of the most common types of wiring to be found in household appliances and outdoor electrical lawn equipment.
The wiring may be used in a wide number of commercial and industrial applications. Because it’s waterproof, it’s found in many pieces of equipment used in marinas and shipyards. Due to its ability to withstand abrasions and cuts, it can be found in mining equipment. Other uses include water purification systems, sports complexes, and construction sites.
In addition to these uses, the wiring can also be used in any indoor or outdoor area that will be subject to extreme colds. It keeps its flexibility in temperatures as low as 40 degrees below zero, but it can also function in environments where the temperature reaches as high as 90 degrees. This gives it an incredible amount of flexibility and makes it ideal for tools that may be used in a number of different environments.