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Making portable welder with generator?

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Old 02-20-2009, 09:05:11 PM
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Default Making portable welder with generator?

i am wanting to make a portable welder with a military surplus generator i recently acquired. the generator info is as follows:
"winpower generator"
model# d10018a3
serial# s5_1-112 (where _ is there was a number, cannot make out what it is)
ac kw-6 kva-7.5 volts 115/230
amps- 32.6 cycles 60 phase 1 rpm= 1800

this is from tag on generator, it is powered by a wisconsin 4 cyl. air cooled motor. unit hour meter is showing only 91 hrs on it and i would like to make a portable arc welder with it. is this possible and if so- what do i need to get or do to put this together? any help would be appreciated. would it be possible to simply run a cracker box off this generator to maybe make things easier.....
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Old 02-20-2009, 10:13:49 PM
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Default Re: making portable welder with generator ?

It will run a small arc welder. I run a 120V wire feed on my 6.5 kw genset, but I have to parallel the windings for 120 only output to avoid blowing the breaker. I don't know the output of the Wisconsin, but a 200 amp DC welder requires about 14 HP. You might be better off looking for a welding generator end to adapt to your engine, or an aircraft generator.
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Default Re: Making portable welder with generator?

If you have a friend who has a "Buzz Box" type welder you might try that before you do anything else. A Lincoln 225 Buzz Box welder is normally wire on a 60 amp circuit BUT you only need that if you are using it on the 200 or 225 amp range. The 32 amp output of this generator would drive the welder up to about 120 amp so you could do some welding, though somewhat limited by plugging a welder into this generator. The 120 amp output will do a lot of welding using 6011, 6013, and 7014 welding rod.

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