PORTABLE WELDERS

Submitted: Wednesday, Apr 15, 2009 at 21:33
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HI THERE
I AM AFTER SOME INFO ON PORTABLE WELDERS,I'M LOOKING FOR A WELDER THAT WILL RUN ON 2 x HONDA EU2 GENSETS I HAVE THE GIZMO TO JOIN THEM.I HAVE A 5KVA WELDER AT WORK AND IT WILL RUN A 170AMP INVERTER WELDER. I WOULD LIKE TO HAVE SOMETHING BIGGER THAN ONE THAT RUNS ON A CAR BATTERY. ANY INFO WOULD BE GOOD
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Reply By: Member - Graham H (QLD) - Wednesday, Apr 15, 2009 at 21:59

Wednesday, Apr 15, 2009 at 21:59
When I went to buy a MIG the guy said forget it.
He said it would need a 8kw gennie to start it up.
That was for about a 150amp model and was an $800 inverter model.
That from a reputable dealer who knew I was a cash buyer. At least he was honest if nothing else even though it cost him a sale.

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Reply By: Peter_n_Margaret - Thursday, Apr 16, 2009 at 07:56

Thursday, Apr 16, 2009 at 07:56
I carry a yankee welder called a "Ready Welder 2".
It is a 24V DC MIG so needs 2 batteries in series.
It has an output of over 200A at 24V, more at 36V, so is no toy!
I bought it in 2005 new for $700 and it weighs about 6kg.
It can run gas or gassless wire and welds aluminium no problem.

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Follow Up By: Member - bungarra (WA) - Thursday, Apr 16, 2009 at 14:09

Thursday, Apr 16, 2009 at 14:09
I have one of them as well......highly recomend one
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Follow Up By: Member - Wim (Qld) - Thursday, Apr 16, 2009 at 15:54

Thursday, Apr 16, 2009 at 15:54
Peter/bungarra

Have to agree. Now forms part of my kit.

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Reply By: Member - Beatit (QLD) - Thursday, Apr 16, 2009 at 14:34

Thursday, Apr 16, 2009 at 14:34
You mean like this?

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Follow Up By: Member - Mick O (VIC) - Thursday, Apr 16, 2009 at 14:42

Thursday, Apr 16, 2009 at 14:42
Showoff :-) I think he means like this tho.

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Follow Up By: Member - Beatit (QLD) - Thursday, Apr 16, 2009 at 15:51

Thursday, Apr 16, 2009 at 15:51
Hahahaha, Mick I don't have that many friends with batteries. I'm a mug welders at best and need every bit of encouragement and having to drag out so many batteries would really ruin my steady hand!

I noticed that trailers are a common object of our welding effections.

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Follow Up By: Member - Kroozer (WA) - Thursday, Apr 16, 2009 at 22:01

Thursday, Apr 16, 2009 at 22:01
Spot the Hazard and assess the risk in that last picture. Crikey, welding under a trailer while its being held up by a kangaroo jack and bottle jack. Dangerous
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Follow Up By: kev.h - Friday, Apr 17, 2009 at 10:39

Friday, Apr 17, 2009 at 10:39
Maybe he cant see the danger, he's been welding with those brasing goggles too long
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Reply By: Member - Mick O (VIC) - Thursday, Apr 16, 2009 at 14:47

Thursday, Apr 16, 2009 at 14:47
Wato,

I've done a fair bit of looking. The Ready Welder appears to be a great unit and I've now seen one in action. There is another system (the name escapes me) that has been the subject of several posts on the site. It is made by a West Australian company and is based a round a heaviy rewired alternator. It produces 240/110 volt power and has a direct cable connection to allow variable amp welding. I have a quote here somewhere for my vehicle. Used by the army a lot. Quite expensive though. Someone here will recall the name I'm sure.

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Follow Up By: Grungle - Thursday, Apr 16, 2009 at 14:59

Thursday, Apr 16, 2009 at 14:59
Hi Mick,

You wouldn't be refering to the Unipower would you? Unipower

I have looked at these and although they seem great are very expensive at $3400 ex GST plus around $300 - $500 for fitting.

Pirhana do a little portable mig welder which costs around $1400 which I think is similar to the Ready Welder.

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Follow Up By: Member - Mick O (VIC) - Thursday, Apr 16, 2009 at 16:30

Thursday, Apr 16, 2009 at 16:30
Thanks David,

that is exactly the unit I was thinking of. A pity they are almost prohibitive in cost for the average punter such as myself. I'd think seriously about parting with the money if they were around the $1500 mark.

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Reply By: Member - dieseltojo K (VIC) - Thursday, Apr 16, 2009 at 23:20

Thursday, Apr 16, 2009 at 23:20
Good thread guys .this is what we do out in the bush,just using the batteries .

http://www.lcool.org/technical/80_series/bat_weld/battery_welding.html

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