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  1. #1
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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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