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Old 01-09-2008, 12:12 AM   #1
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Hoping to pick one up soon to work on the bus without having to move it around..since its at a storage place and we have no place to park it where we live.. whats the smallest I should look at with the idea of being able to run one of those small mig welders? I figure thats the biggest thing I would plan on using it with any time soon..oh, any ideas on what to look for in a mig welder when I go to look at those? the last time I did any welding it was a old fashioned stick welder.
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Old 01-09-2008, 12:42 AM   #2
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well i can say this you will like the wire feed over the stick you can use a flux core wire which does not use gas or use a straight wire which uses gas of course gas is a pain to pack around but it is alot nicer than flux core its cleaner and less fumey. i am not sure what size genny you will need to run the wire feed, but a small wire feed will do a lot if yer welding sheet metal the most they usually weld up to is angle iron me i want a little honda,ive already blown a chinese one up
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I bought my welder at the Home Depot. It's the Lincoln 175HD. It's awesome. It's 220 volts though. You can also get the 3200HD which is a 115V model. Both are wire feed. Mine is super simple to use. I've never taken any kind of classes or anything. After 10 minutes of practice, I was welding up stuff for my bus! I welded up a mount for a new drivers seat in my bus! Works great! With the 3200HD, you could easily weld metal that is 1/4" thick. I can't imagine that you would ever need to weld anything thicker for your bus. Check out It's a forum like this one. For the hobbyist like you and me, I think you'll find that they recommend the Lincoln welders. I am extremely pleased with mine. It's fun to use! The 175HD runs about $600. The 3200HD runs about $460. I've given thought to picking up the 3200HD because it's 115V. I could use it in a lot more places. As far as generators, I don't know what it would take to run one. I think a 2000W generator would do it, but you still might want to find out for sure. I have a couple of Honda EU2000i generators. They are absolutely fantastic and blow away any other generator on the market. They have LOTS of skoolie uses!
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Old 01-09-2008, 06:05 AM   #4
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I bought a cheap flux core wire feed welder on sale @ Harbor Freight for $119. Ran it on a 15amp house circuit for all my welding. Did a LOT of welding and never tripped the breaker. It's the 90amp model. Would run fine on a small generator. KC10 is right, it is easy to weld with these things. I too had never welded with a wire feed. My girlfriend who had never welded learned quickly and ended up doing a lot of our welding!
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If you're running a welder, on regular house current (120v at 15 amps), you should be able to run a welder on a 2000 watt generator (continuous power).

If you do the calculations: 120v X 15 amps= 1800 wattts

To be on the safe side, I'd go with a little bit bigger generator.

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Old 01-09-2008, 06:03 PM   #6
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thanks for the reply' of the gensets we are looking at has a built in 30amp plug(female)...that would make plugging into the power dead simple as the one I'll be stripping out of here (camper) has the 30amp male end.
while its not a "big" name make, its not a big price one either. But you never know..refund hasn't gotten here yet and someone may run special I can't pass up.
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I swear by my Honda EU3000 generator. It costs $1.700 and weighs 140 lbs, but it is so quiet, and has a huge tank with a gauge and electric start. And Honda quality. Did I mention that it is quiet?

If you are sure that 2000 W is enough, and you need to move it by yourself, the EU2000 is the ticket -- for something like $900.
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i have a middle of the road lincoln wire feed welder, 110 volt. It's all my little honda eu2000 can do to run it on it's coolest heat setting, but it does run it.
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