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Miller Reinvents Bobcat™ Engine-Driven Welder Generators

Monday, April 9th, 2012

Miller has re-engineered its class-leading Bobcat line of engine-driven welder/generators to reduce sound, reduce weight, offer a smaller footprint, reduce fuel use and simplify daily maintenance. Sound on the newly designed Bobcat models is reduced by as much as 33 percent, and the machine is up to 5 inches shorter and 55 pounds lighter (depending on the model). The Electronic Fuel Injection (EFI) option with the Bobcat 250 also reduces fuel use by as much as 27 percent compared to carbureted models.

Engine-driven welder/generators are ideal machines for service trucks and/or emergency power situations on farms and ranches, and are also often found in construction, MRO, and fabrication applications.

The EFI option (Bobcat 250 only) optimizes the air/fuel ratio for less emissions, longer runtimes and superior performance compared to carbureted models. It provides more reliable starting performance in cold climates, requires no choke, and is less prone to fuel deterioration due to infrequent use. Payback can be achieved in a matter of months with up to 27 percent fuel savings.

Each Bobcat engine-driven welder/generator has also been fully optimized for truck integration. The shorter and lighter design allows more room for other tools and equipment, and reduces the wear and strain of a heavier machine on the truck’s chassis. Daily maintenance has also been made easier with front panel displays to help users keep track of service intervals, as well as the intuitive placement of service points. Oil and air filter checks are performed from the top by the front panel, and fuel fill and oil drain/filter are easily accessible on the side. Tool-less panels allow for quick access.

The three new models are:

Bobcat 250

Bobcat 225

Bobcat 3 Phase

Bobcat 250 EFI

The Art of Field Welding Repair

Tuesday, May 11th, 2010

The temptation, when stuck in the middle of a job site with unbearable heat and a tight deadline, may be just to throw a quick weld on a piece of twisted metal and hope for the best. Hope it gets you through the day. But maybe you didn’t properly prepare the joint? Did you cut out the failed material or did you just pile on filler metal, hoping for the best? Do you have the right equipment?

As with most things in life, taking the time to address the situation properly, right now, will prevent future problems/failures.

We’ve put together a number of resources for you over the years on the topic of field welding repair. Bookmark this and come back to it next time you’ve got a repair to make on a crucial piece of equipment.

1. Comprehensive article focusing on field repair for construction equipment

2. Five tips for field repair

3. Selecting an engine-driven welder generator for your service truck

4. Selecting portable welding and plasma cutting equipment for maintenance and repair

5. Evaluating gas engine drives for generator power

Have any field repair horror stories or successes to share? As always, we’d love to hear about it in the comments section.