Which portable welder?

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Which portable welder?

Post by True Grit Farms » Thu Oct 04, 2018 2:09 pm

https://www.tractorsupply.com/tsc/produ ... -generator
Pretty good price difference between the Hobart and Miller. I'm just needing a good generator and can always use a portable welder. I'm leaning towards the Miller Bobcat because of the ability to add a spool gun for aluminum.
https://www.weldingsuppliesfromioc.com/ ... ygEALw_wcB


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Re: Which portable welder?

Post by skyhightree1 » Thu Oct 04, 2018 2:33 pm

True Grit Farms wrote:https://www.tractorsupply.com/tsc/product/hobart-champion-elite-dc-welder-generator
Pretty good price difference between the Hobart and Miller. I'm just needing a good generator and can always use a portable welder. I'm leaning towards the Miller Bobcat because of the ability to add a spool gun for aluminum.
https://www.weldingsuppliesfromioc.com/ ... ygEALw_wcB


I have a miller and love it id suggest getting that the Hobart is made with cheaper parts but is good.
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Re: Which portable welder?

Post by rollinhills » Thu Oct 04, 2018 3:10 pm

How many watts does the 225 put out? I’ve got 6 of the 250’s and they are very good machines they will put out enough current to run the whole house, they are 10,000 watt I believe. Hobart is owned by miller, just the home owners version of a welder.

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Re: Which portable welder?

Post by Farm Fence Solutions » Thu Oct 04, 2018 3:33 pm

I use a 250 Bobcat. Pretty sure it's 13,000 watts or so. No complaints, but it's big. I'm having Zena 200 amp welders fitted to the batch of post drivers in production right now. Wouldn't help your generator needs any though.
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Re: Which portable welder?

Post by Lucky » Thu Oct 04, 2018 5:47 pm

I’ve had a Miller Trailblazer for about 10 years and no issues. If I had to buy one today I’d look at the Lincoln Eagle that Atwoods sells just looks like a good machine for the money. Can’t go wrong with a Bobcat though.

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Re: Which portable welder?

Post by Atimm693 » Thu Oct 04, 2018 6:41 pm

True Grit Farms wrote:https://www.tractorsupply.com/tsc/product/hobart-champion-elite-dc-welder-generator
Pretty good price difference between the Hobart and Miller. I'm just needing a good generator and can always use a portable welder. I'm leaning towards the Miller Bobcat because of the ability to add a spool gun for aluminum.
https://www.weldingsuppliesfromioc.com/ ... ygEALw_wcB


Probably better off just buying the big Predator generator and using it to run a tombstone stick welder should the need arise.

Would be easier to transport, and a whole lot cheaper.

We have ~2000 hours on a Lincoln Ranger, did have to go back to the dealer once because it quit generating, but it was covered under warranty. Otherwise it's been fine.

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Re: Which portable welder?

Post by jwimberly » Fri Oct 05, 2018 5:45 am

Hard to beat a Miller Bobcat 250.

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Re: Which portable welder?

Post by Farm Fence Solutions » Fri Oct 05, 2018 2:01 pm

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Pretty excited to get one of these done to try out. Will take up zero valuable space on the topside.
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Re: Which portable welder?

Post by True Grit Farms » Fri Oct 05, 2018 3:09 pm

Farm Fence Solutions wrote:Image

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https://www.zena.net/htdocs/Products.shtml#Top

Pretty excited to get one of these done to try out. Will take up zero valuable space on the topside.

Looks like it could be a useful tool.
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Re: Which portable welder?

Post by Silver » Sun Oct 07, 2018 12:39 am

The oldest Lincoln you can find ( they have the best windings) and a good gen set.

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Re: Which portable welder?

Post by True Grit Farms » Sun Oct 07, 2018 5:32 am

I bought the Hobart portable welder, Northern Tool had it in stock in Macon.
https://www.northerntool.com/shop/tools ... _200622186?
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Re: Which portable welder?

Post by skyhightree1 » Sun Oct 07, 2018 6:17 am

True Grit Farms wrote:I bought the Hobart portable welder, Northern Tool had it in stock in Macon.
https://www.northerntool.com/shop/tools ... _200622186?


Nothing wrong with that I hope it serves you well. I would suggest the 50' cables
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Re: Which portable welder?

Post by True Grit Farms » Sun Oct 07, 2018 11:13 am

skyhightree1 wrote:
True Grit Farms wrote:I bought the Hobart portable welder, Northern Tool had it in stock in Macon.
https://www.northerntool.com/shop/tools ... _200622186?


Nothing wrong with that I hope it serves you well. I would suggest the 50' cables

I bought the 50' foot set of #2 cables came with a stinger and ground clamp.
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Re: Which portable welder?

Post by skyhightree1 » Sun Oct 07, 2018 12:38 pm

True Grit Farms wrote:
skyhightree1 wrote:
True Grit Farms wrote:I bought the Hobart portable welder, Northern Tool had it in stock in Macon.
https://www.northerntool.com/shop/tools ... _200622186?


Nothing wrong with that I hope it serves you well. I would suggest the 50' cables

I bought the 50' foot set of #2 cables came with a stinger and ground clamp.


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Re: Which portable welder?

Post by True Grit Farms » Sun Oct 07, 2018 2:04 pm

With this next storm heading our way I might be putting the generator to use in 4 days.
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