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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Thread: Engine driven welder
03-15-2013, 08:28 AM #1Junior Member
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Engine driven welder
03-15-2013, 10:13 AM #2
$2500 is nothing welder wise. Best to look at a generator.
03-15-2013, 11:11 AM #3
You can get a pretty decent used welder for 2500 easy.
03-15-2013, 12:01 PM #4
Is this near you ?? http://harrisburg.craigslist.org/tld/3649283647.html
Welder, Miller Bobcat - $2875 (Lancaster)
Product Description: Miller Electric Mfg Co 907209 225 Welder/Generator With 23HP Kohler Engine And Standard Receptacles, 10000 Watts Peak, 225 Amp MLR1177.Brand new in box. Never started. Model # 907209
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03-15-2013, 02:34 PM #5Member
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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.
03-15-2013, 02:37 PM #6
You need clean power to run your welding equipment. I would be hesitant buying an older welder/generator.
03-15-2013, 05:44 PM #7
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."
03-15-2013, 06:01 PM #8Senior Member
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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.