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  1. #1
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    Default Holy Cow I'm Miller Poor..... I mean Proud

    Thought I was just welding for a hobby, this past time is becoming very useful.

    There's a wintery storm coming our way and this county has a bad habit of losing electric way too easy. So I took a trip to Lowes to buy a generator. After looking at a couple of cheapy generators and realizing that it would sit around for months not being used, I had one of those "Power of Blue" attacks and decided to go to the LWS.

    I walked out with a new Bobcat 250. The clean waveform that this thing produces is far superior to that cheap stuff. No worries about being without power. I love this blue stuff. Good quality stuff.

    How many hours can these things go before an engine or gen overhaul? What's your experience with that?
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    I know the feeling very well. I went to adult education classes to hobby weld. Now I weld nights and weekends. My trailblazer 302 got me through hurricane Sandy. Forgot to mention I finally went to welding school to learn how to weld correctly. Lots of luck with the new welder.

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    I bought my bobcat 250 (propane) used. When I was looking I saw a lot of them with 3000 hours or more. Seeing that I felt safe buying mine with 607 hours. I drove around all holiday weekend with it in the back of my pick up, we were supposed to have a storm. But it never showed, but better to have it at home and not work if I needed it

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    5-50 perferably Quaker and a full flow oil filter from the crate till death at around 12K hours. I don't even start em from the crate, change oil imediately.

    Stock engine manual recomendations, crate till death at around 3K hours.

  5. #5
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    Congratulations...!!

    Good for You...

    I used a truck mounted TB301G for house power for several years during major outages..
    worked great...
    .

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    and a full flow oil filter
    Which brand/part number do you prefer?

  7. #7
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    Quote Originally Posted by cruizer View Post
    5-50 perferably Quaker and a full flow oil filter from the crate till death at around 12K hours. I don't even start em from the crate, change oil imediately.

    Stock engine manual recomendations, crate till death at around 3K hours.
    Cruiser, does this hold true with the propane fueled Kohler engines also???? What filters are "full-flow?
    Obviously, I'm just a hack-artist, you shouldn't be listening to anything I say .....

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    Quote Originally Posted by JSFAB View Post
    Cruiser, does this hold true with the propane fueled Kohler engines also???? What filters are "full-flow?
    Cruizer, I'd like to add to JSFAB question. I assume you're referring to 5w-50 weight Quaker oil? You've obviously had experience with running these engines over 10k hours with this oil & filter combo. How often in hours do you change the oil? I'm a believer in synthetics, especially after talking to folks in machine shops.
    Also, no way I'm wait 100 hrs to change the oil as the manual says. Maybe 50 at the very most. Probably not necessary, but for peace of mind.
    Syncrowave 200
    Millermatic 252
    Spoolmatic 30A aluminum gun
    Miller Spectrum 625 X-Treme
    Maxstar 150 S
    Miller Bobcat 250
    Sketchup 8 Pro

    Two big fire extinguishers

    "I'm a slow walker, but I never walk backwards" - Abraham Lincoln

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    I just gave a cousin of mine my 1995 Trail blazer with a onan and it had approximately 2600 hrs on it.

    Just before I gave it away I had to put a coil on it, That was the first repair its had done since 1995 other than routine maintenance.

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    Full flow filers don't have springs in them, and when you look in them, the filter element is pretty clear. so I use, Factory Kohler, or Lubrifiner PH2835, Sometimes Perkins 140517050, same filter. As for oil , its 5-50 Quaker or Connoco Triton, 5-40 Diesel oll.

    The oil that comes with the new welder is ****. change it out imediately


    Now all these units take 2L oil EXACTLY, don't screw the freaking cap back on to check it.

    200 hr oil change
    Last edited by cruizer; 12-05-2013 at 11:29 AM.

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