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  • Firemn260
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    Engine driven welder

    Goodmorning, Long story short I just got married last November and moved into a old farm house that my wife already owned. It only has 100 amp service snd while I do have room in the breaker box it would be a long run to get 220v out to my shed. I weighed the fact that we may not be staying in this house forever and the price of the electrical components, I decided a engine welder would best suit my needs.

    Basically I'm just looking for some opinions on wich one to get. My budget would be right around 2500 and I would be using it to run my mm211 and hypertherm 30 as well as 7018 rod for heavy stuff. I also like the portability of them too. Miller and maybe Lincoln would be my only choices. Thank you

  • Sberry
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    If it was humanly possible would be running a wire from house to shed. This genset will get old fast. Expensive to operate too.

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  • Firemn260
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    The bobcat 250 seems to be perfect for what I need it for. I do some repairs for a local cemetary so to be able to do the job out in the field insted of having to rely on the shops power is a plus. I do weld on some heavy equipment so I would like to have all the juice I can afford.

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  • tommy2069
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    look for a good 250 bobcat. i have power to my shop but don't really use it for nuthing other than my radio and hot box my bobcat is my main welding machine so i just use it to run grinders saws and just about everything else in the shop when i'm in there . it keeps the power bill down and at the end of the day or job i know how much to charge for the job. most times i can run for two or 3 days on a tank of gas before i top it off.the plus side of the gas driven welder is down the road if you get into doing road jobs and such you will already have the biggest part of the investment and thats a gas driven welder not to mention a great power source for your home if a storm ever knocks out the power.

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  • Amc724
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    If a used machine is the route you plan on going, look for a bobcat 225 or 250 with less than 500 hours and make sure it is fully enclosed (means its newer), but before you buy, check with usIf you end up not using it a lot, And you get a good deal, you might could sell it for what you have in it after you move.

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  • Broccoli1
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    Originally posted by Firemn260 View Post
    My problem is my house sits about a quarter of a mile off the road were the service goes into the ground. We don't plan on staying so I just figured I would waist the money upgrading the electric.
    How long do you plan on staying?

    How much to run a circuit to the shed?

    How often do you weld?

    Running a generator uses up gas=$$

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  • Firemn260
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    My problem is my house sits about a quarter of a mile off the road were the service goes into the ground. We don't plan on staying so I just figured I would waist the money upgrading the electric.

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  • tackit
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    Originally posted by Amc724 View Post
    How much did the install cost?
    Did you have to sign a contract?
    Amc it was done about 10 years ago... something tells me it was around $200 for the install because the shop was within 75' of the transformer pole. The contract thing I honestly don't remember.

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  • Amc724
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    Originally posted by tackit View Post
    I had the power company run a new 200 amp underground service with it's own meter to my shop which is about 150 ft away from the house. They installed a bigger transformer on the pole, did all the work up to the meter, I had to provide them a three inch tile for going under the driveway. It's a safe clean instillation, I would do it again. I would imagine if you consider the price of diesel fuel against the shop's electric bill and the convience of flipping a switch a $30 a month electric bill isn't so bad.
    How much did the install cost?
    Did you have to sign a contract?

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  • tackit
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    I had the power company run a new 200 amp underground service with it's own meter to my shop which is about 150 ft away from the house. They installed a bigger transformer on the pole, did all the work up to the meter, I had to provide them a three inch tile for going under the driveway. It's a safe clean instillation, I would do it again. I would imagine if you consider the price of diesel fuel against the shop's electric bill and the convience of flipping a switch a $30 a month electric bill isn't so bad.
    Last edited by tackit; 03-16-2013, 10:19 AM.

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  • Firemn260
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    I did find a older 250G but it doesn't look like it hase a 220 output on it

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  • Firemn260
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    Thanks for your input fellas. I have been been keeping my eye out on Craig's list and there have been a few trailblazers and bobcats that were in my price range. Im just not sure what I'm looking for buying used. My neighbor works on small engines and generators so I'm sure he could fix or rebuild any of them if need be. Thanks again

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  • Portable Welder
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    Lincoln and miller are both good, But I would look for at least 8,000 cont. power, If you wait long enouph you can find a Bobcat or Trail blazer that kicks out 10,000 surge and 9,500 cont.

    But watch out because theres a difference between surge and continuouse, You need to concentrate on cont.

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  • BD1
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    Originally posted by tackit View Post
    You need clean power to run your welding equipment. I would be hesitant buying an older welder/generator.
    Here's answer from MILLER on a previous thread by someone.
    In an older post I was asking about using gen power/ THD with the 211. Thought I would share what Miller said about it.

    " The Millermatic 211 is pretty forgiving when it comes to input power. As long as you have a generator that is providing roughly 60Hz power and at least 7,000 watts continuous 230 volt power the unit will be fine."

    http://www.millerwelds.com/resources...=211+generator

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  • tackit
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    You need clean power to run your welding equipment. I would be hesitant buying an older welder/generator.

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