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#18041 - 11/05/17 11:37 AM Mig and tig and plazsma cutter
bigbill Offline
New in town
Registered: 06/15/12
Posts: 12
Loc: Ct
Iím looking to set up my shop again after a long illness. My amperage in the house isnít that good thereís not much left over to run a shop. I do have a Hobart 200amp 100% duty cycle with a 4,000 watt generator. Iím thinking of running a mig, tig, plasma cutter from it?
Iím not sure what brands yet. Eastwood? I havenít put much thought into this yet.
If you have the steel and the time just do it.
#18044 - 11/05/17 07:27 PM Re: Mig and tig and plazsma cutter [Re: bigbill]
Lincoln Offline
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Registered: 03/25/11
Posts: 651
Loc: Parry Sound Ontario Canada *****
If it was myself, I would be looking at brands like: Lincoln, Miller, Hobart, Esab, Thermadyne.. do a bit of comparing, check the rated outputs and what input is required, that would pretty much tell if your welder/generator can run it.
Just at a guess, you might not be able to run much of a plasma cutter on 4,000 watts but I could be wrong, I have never looked at the power requirements for them.
This was all assuming you meant to use the welder for an electricity source, there is the possibility of using the welder with a suitcase for example for mig, a tig torch hooked to it for simple scratch start.
If you can't weld well.....weld lots...
#18065 - 12/09/17 06:23 AM Re: Mig and tig and plazsma cutter [Re: Lincoln]
Zack Offline
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Registered: 09/20/10
Posts: 64
Loc: VA
I have an older esab plasma cutter with 40amp output. It is running on a 240V/50A breaker(12,000W, but I'm sure it's not pulling all that power) and will supposedly sever 3/4 plate but won't make a very nice cut above maybe 3/8. If I were to buy a new plasma, at this point I would most likely look at a Hypertherm.

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