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    Default 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

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    $2500 is nothing welder wise. Best to look at a generator.

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    You can get a pretty decent used welder for 2500 easy.

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    Is this near you ?? http://harrisburg.craigslist.org/tld/3649283647.html

    Welder, Miller Bobcat - $2875 (Lancaster)
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    Used would be my suggestion,
    but if you want new, a miller wildcat is only a little over your budget.
    it only has 6500 watts peak of generating power, so it may not run you pm30 or mm211 at full power.

    I recently saw a 3 year old bobcat 225 with less than 400 hours on Craigslist for $1900, but your location my demand more, idk.

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

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