rdennett

Arc welding for the outlet-challenged

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While I have a Lincoln AC/DC 225/125 welder, I don’t have anywhere to plug it in.  Lately, I have been toying with the idea of purchasing one of those little IBGT dual voltage stick welders with an eye to running it off 110V.  I am not a professional welder (obviously), but I would occasionally like to lay down a bead or two.   If I use 2# of rod in a year, I would be amazed.  
 

That said, what can I do with one of these, particularly off a 20A breaker?  Can I use multiple passes to weld even thicker bits of steel albeit at a much slower rate?  What if I upgrade to a 30A breaker?

 

Thanks, 

Rob

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Is there a reason you can't add a 240V outlet? If there is, you can use a high end 120V wire welder for things up to 1/4 or 3/8" with practice. It however will not get good penetration on heavier stock.

We have used a Millermatic 120V on 20A circuits, on that welder going to a 30A will not help because it uses under 20A. I do not know about the "IBGT" welders.

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Sorry, that’s IGBT.  Think

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I have also been setting up a forge at a local maker space, and 110v is all I have to work with there.

 

Thanks,

Rob

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No electric stove or ceramic kiln?  (I wouldn't expect an electric dryer)---all outlets I have used in the past to run a welder off of.

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I've been really happy with my little Horror Fright flux core welder that runs off of 110. Also not a welder but with the occasional need to lay down a bead. Works great for up to 1/4 inch steel and I've only once bumped up against the duty cycle. and at less than $100 delivered it's proven its worth

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If you are willing to upgrade to add a 30 amp circuit, then you can do the 240v just as easily its about the same about of work for the electrician and wiring doesnt cost much

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OP, if you plan on doing much welding now or in the future, I highly recommend (as others have) going to 230/240 VAC.  The returns, both satisfaction-wise and welder-wise, will be greatly appreciated.  Your welds will be much better quality and choice of quality welders is much more extensive.

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I would use 220 if I could, but you're missing the point.  I want to know what one of these 110 stick (NOT fcaw) machines CAN do.  I see that my link to Amazon is gone, but for those who are trying to figure out what I have in mind, think Everlast 140ST.  That one is 110 only, iirc, and comes with TIG accessories, but there are similar dual voltage welders which just come with a stinger and not a TIG torch.

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tig torch with line will not break you , you will also need to get gas and regulator or flow meter and then consumables. Invest in the best you can afford for now and go with it. I won't try to figure out anything for you,you will have to do that yourself after doing your research. It is your decision to make.

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rdennett, if you are just wanting to tack things together and weld thin plate that machine will do it.

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Even a small welder can be of tremendous value to your workshop. I made a ton of stuff for my shop -- from my anvil stand to my treadle hammer to both my gas and coal forges to my striking anvil to my hammer stand to a whole bunch of jigs and miscellaneous tools -- with a 110v welder. The only thing that required something beefier was the frame on my hydraulic press, so I got a friend with a Lincoln tombstone (IFI member Fowllife) to weld that up for me. The long and the short of it is that you will find all manner of uses for it, even if you're not going to be making anything that can withstand significant mechanical loads.

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Is there anywhere you can plug in? 220 is really a minimum. There are some 110 welders that are ok, but just ok. Arc welding pulls some power. I used to run my shop off this massive ( and expensive) extension cord plugged into a dryer outlet in the basement of the house. It is 150 ft of #4 3 strand outdoor rated. I think it was around $500 in '95. It would probably be better and more cost effective to upgrade your box, or bring in a new one. I had code issues at the old place that made that a problem.

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Folks,

Would a portable generator be a practical and an affordable solution for a welder, and welding set-up?

I am electrically challenged hence the question.

Hoping to see an answer, real soon.

Thanks,

SLAG.

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