Generators for welding
- I do have a question on a inexpensive wire feed welders.
I'd like to buy a 230V wire feed welder and be able to power it from a portable generator. Is there a specific type of generator I should look for or more importantly, ones that I should stay away from ?
- On 08/19/2012 08:16 AM, Randall wrote:
I'd like to buy a 230V wire feed welder and be able to power it from a portable generator. Is there a specific type of generator I should look for or more importantly, ones that I should stay away from ? thanks
Several things to remember:
- Cheap generators typically have a life expectancy in the hundreds of hours (400 being typical), good ones run in the thousands of hours.
- Small fuel tanks are a bad thing.
- Too small a generator set is much worse than too big.
- Wire feed welders require stable power to weld well, cheap, low powered generators will not handle this.
- You may be better off with a welding generator power source
and using its' auxiliary power than trying to run from a
generator designed to run AC loads. See
for one example. Add a wire feeder, the results may be better
without the additional conversions between power supplies.
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