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Old 02-28-2012, 06:31 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Welder on the road

I need you opinion about what kind of welder do you use outside the shop, thanks
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Old 02-28-2012, 06:47 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Two batteries and jumper cables. Solar backpack wire welder that was bought by Miller(?) and discontinued (competition). Ready Welder but never used it as the others wer moe handy.
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Old 03-01-2012, 03:53 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I've used one of these a lot.
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Old 03-01-2012, 05:21 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Millermatic 211-Autoset (used inside the shop also) with a 8000 watt generator. Only used when needed, completely portable, and reliable with easy to find parts for if need be.

Portable and removable things like generators, welders, and air compressors are best placed in the back for when you need them instead of sitting under your hood getting less then 5-15% use time while adding weight.
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Old 03-01-2012, 01:50 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Our club owns a Readywelder. It is a wire feed,runs off of two 12v battries and is very portable.There is one that runs off it's own bat. but we felt it would be our luck when we went to use it the bat. would be dead.It has saved our members and others MANY MANY times.7 or 8 years ago when we bought it it was around $500.It has welded 2 pitman arms (one of them mine)good enough to get off the trail and home

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Our club owns a Readywelder. It is a wire feed,runs off of two 12v battries and is very portable.There is one that runs off it's own bat. but we felt it would be our luck when we went to use it the bat. would be dead.It has saved our members and others MANY MANY times.7 or 8 years ago when we bought it it was around $500.It has welded 2 pitman arms (one of them mine)good enough to get off the trail and home
X2 has gotten me off the trail 3 times
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Old 03-01-2012, 07:32 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Miller suitcase welders. the new one is setup for a spool gun attachment. hooked to a Honda inverter genset, it works well
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Our club owns a Readywelder. It is a wire feed,runs off of two 12v battries and is very portable.There is one that runs off it's own bat. but we felt it would be our luck when we went to use it the bat. would be dead.It has saved our members and others MANY MANY times.7 or 8 years ago when we bought it it was around $500.It has welded 2 pitman arms (one of them mine)good enough to get off the trail and home
That's what I ended up getting.

Also handy if I ever tow a trailer through New Mexico.

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All depends on what you want to do. A miller bobcat 250 is a good choice for general fabrication. Stick welding is very versatile, but you can add a wire feed suite case to it. Personally I wouldn't trust those battery powered unites, but that just my opinion.
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http://www.premierpowerwelder.com/

This is what i have and would not change it for the world. 100% duty cycle plus has power can use an electric drill or grinder with it. Has saved our but more than once.Never have to worry about the batteries going dead.

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All depends on what you want to do. A miller bobcat 250 is a good choice for general fabrication. Stick welding is very versatile, but you can add a wire feed suite case to it. Personally I wouldn't trust those battery powered unites, but that just my opinion.
I don't think the question was about a shop welder for fabrication.The Readywelder is a portable, afordable get you off the trail welder.As montrelrr90 states you Can't beat the Premierpowerwelder But it is mounted on ONE vehicle,if you can aford it it IS the best way to go. The readywelder can be stwiched from vehicle to vechicle and carried where the host vechile(Premier Welder) might not be able to get to.The down side of the Readywelder would be if you run by yourself a lot and do not have access to two battries.(could weld sheet metel with one bat. but not much else)

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Get a decent, high Wattage inverter, and a HF 90amp flux wire welder. Great for trail fixes. Plus the investment for the inverter will pay off since you'll have permanently wired power to run other devices. Just buy some nice rubber isolator pads so the welder doesn't bounce around. Total setup can be bought for around $250.


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i have a ready welder. i like it because if one of my friends breaks i can give it to them and i can continue to wheel if they don't need my help.
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I picked this "used" one up on craigslist, used 1 one. Plus I was able to sell the wife on it, she always wanted us to have a generator.

It's heavy but still small enough to get it where needed when needed. Plus I like the fact of being able to rum power tools if needed. Welds really good for stick welding.

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Thanks for the info
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