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    I agree completely. I've been taking in as much info as possible the last few weeks, asking as many people as I can, reading every bit about this subject as I can. I'm not afraid to spend the coin if I need to. Always like to find the best price though.

    As I won't be able to monitor the majority of the cord from where I'm welding I'm really hoping that 8/3 won't be under guage. Miller tech said it wouldn't be, LWS guy said to look forward to popping the breaker a lot. We'll see who's right I guess. Picking up my cord on Saturday

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    LWS guy said to look forward to popping the breaker a lot.
    You wont pop a breaker but,,, 8 is overkill for this machine, 10 was 1/3 the price and 1/3 better than needed, it allowed 12 to 80 ft, a 10 and it wouldn't know it wasn't sitting on the panel at 100 ft. Also it is ideal to use 6-50 hardware so it matches the rest of the welding world
    As I won't be able to monitor the majority of the cord from where I'm welding I'm really hoping that 8/3 won't be under guage. Miller tech said it wouldn't be
    You could run 2 at the same time

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    I'd hook up 2 50' 12/3 and see how she runs- if you have them around.

    You are also up north where the ambient temps are much cooler

    8/3 isn't a bad choice just expensive
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    All plugs will be 6-50 except for the dryer end. Easy to switch out if I need to though. It is quite a bit colder here in winter. Average temp thru summer is likely 80-95F

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    One of the big benefits of buying a modern machine is the savings an convenience of light wiring and service demands.

    A Maxstar 150 cost more up front then a Stickmate or Tbolt but requires small cord and doesnt need long leads.

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    A 200 will run a 5/32 lo-hi but most work can be done 1/8 pretty easy.

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