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powderpig
04-02-2010, 07:48 AM
I pulled the trigger on a Miller 211 earlier this week(899 plus shipping 55, total 954). I have been excited all week. Another tool to work/play with. :D A couple of weeks ago I got a used 80cf bottle used for a great price. Went cheap with the cart as Harbor freight has a great price on a cart 49.99 on sale and I had a %20 off coupon as well, 40 dollars. I was thinking of cheaping out on a helmet as the funds were running low. I was considering the Harbor Freight hood on sale currently. But I really liked UB's Nex Gen system really well. I was cruiseing the net yesterday and found that Craftsman has a hood from Jackson with a Nex Gen system(hell Raiser hood, has barb wire graphics on hood, I am sure Ty will like it, not so sure about the wife). By buying on the net with the Sears card, %5 off on lines sale, cheap shipping, tax at county rate. I got the hood for 280 shipped to me, with 6 month same as cash by using the sear's card.
I still need a extension cord from the drier to the shop area(canopny, deck combo area). But I can run 115 for a bit and fix some of my junk and well some other fun stuff.
After wanting a Welder for many years, being teased by the wife 2 years ago on father day(promised to get me one, until she saw the prices, good intentions). I have got one coming, Will be here on Monday. I can not wait till next week.
So any one have some idea on where to get good extension cord material?
I am considering makeing a 4x4 box on the shop end that has both 115 and 230 side by side. With the 230 coming in, you can jump the one 115 leg and the ground to power 2 115 plug ins.
I need 60 ft I believe( I will measure today) of good 30-40 amp rated 230 cord to make the extension.

FJBRADY
04-02-2010, 07:54 AM
Wooo hooo way to go! Congrats!

gahi
04-02-2010, 08:15 AM
I'd go higher amp rating wire if you can afford it, let the breaker do the circuit protection. Look into the amp loss per foot (or however they rate it) of what your using.

DaveInDenver
04-02-2010, 08:36 AM
So any one have some idea on where to get good extension cord material?
I am considering makeing a 4x4 box on the shop end that has both 115 and 230 side by side. With the 230 coming in, you can jump the one 115 leg and the ground to power 2 115 plug ins.
I need 60 ft I believe( I will measure today) of good 30-40 amp rated 230 cord to make the extension.
I need some good cable to make up connection cables for the winch and maybe new battery cables. If you find a bulk discount at say 100 feet and you want to cut off some to save cost and/or shipping I'd be interested. I need around 15 feet or so of 2AWG and it can be all black since I have colored shrink for the ends.

Edit: Just realized you are talking about the mains side. Duh. Commencing now to second mug of java.

RockRunner
04-02-2010, 08:45 AM
Congrats, you'll love it.

gahi
04-02-2010, 08:49 AM
I used SOOW 6/3 Nice and flexible in a strong oil resistant jacket. rated at 55 amps

AxleIke
04-02-2010, 09:05 AM
We've used both 6 and 4. The six is fine.

I found the best price locally on 6/3 to be home depot and lowes. Perhaps you can do better online.

Congrats!

nuclearlemon
04-02-2010, 09:20 AM
:thumb::cheers:

MDH33
04-02-2010, 09:30 AM
Very cool :cool: and I'm ~jealous~ :thumb:

DaveInDenver
04-02-2010, 09:33 AM
I used SOOW 6/3 Nice and flexible in a strong oil resistant jacket. rated at 55 amps
This is a fine choice. At 50 amps over 60 feet 101/26 cable will be about 1% voltage drop. That will be about 237.5V at the welder. Going to 4AWG 119/25 will be about 1V better, around 0.7% drop at 50A and 60 feet. BTW, if someone is looking for cable and can only find SJOOW that is the same oil resistant silicone rubber insulation, just with a 300V rating instead of SOOW at 600V. For household 240V either is code compliant.

Hulk
04-02-2010, 09:37 AM
Awesome, Robbie. Congrats!

Beater
04-02-2010, 09:42 AM
bout damn time

Air Randy
04-02-2010, 09:56 AM
If you're interested in putting another 220 breaker in the box and running a permanent circuit out to the shop I'd be happy to help you with that. Breakers & wire are pretty cheap.

I made an extension cord for my welder from an RV extension cord I got for $10 on CL. It's 50' long and very HD but still flexible, it handles the amperage at 220V no problem.

Jacket
04-02-2010, 03:10 PM
Congrats Robbie.

I too need to build an extension cord. I added a new, dedicated 230v circuit into the garage from the panel, but found I still need the ability to move the cart around more than I can now. So if you end up buying bulk cord, I'd pay you for 25' of extra. I was thinking 8/3, but if the braintrust on the forum thinks 6/3 is the way to go, then I'd be in for that.

powderpig
04-02-2010, 03:40 PM
thanks guys, I am excited.
Randy, I am not adding a deciated line to the shop just yet. Plans changed a bit recently. May just need to run a wire straight off the pole and transformer if it all works out and I build something this year. Which means I will need to higher a Electrictian and pay the big bucks. I do not want to end up in the dirt, face down not breathing.
Home Depot here in Boulder want 3.09 ft for the 6/3 I may have a lead on some for around 2.30-2.40 ft in Denver. I just need to contact him and see what he can do for me on Monday.
there was a guy selling it for $2 a ft out of Ohio, and free shipping. but Cooper went up this morning, go figure, now he is selling it for 2.50 ft with free shipping.
I will look at Lowes this weekend as well and see what the prices are there as well.
Anyhow, The hunt for a good price continues.

corsair23
04-02-2010, 04:08 PM
Sweet Robbie!

New toys and tools as always :cool:

Romer
04-02-2010, 04:15 PM
Congrats Robbie

DaveInDenver
04-02-2010, 04:34 PM
Home Depot here in Boulder want 3.09 ft for the 6/3 I may have a lead on some for around 2.30-2.40 ft in Denver. I just need to contact him and see what he can do for me on Monday.
there was a guy selling it for $2 a ft out of Ohio, and free shipping. but Cooper went up this morning, go figure, now he is selling it for 2.50 ft with free shipping.

All of those prices are pretty decent, particularly ~$2.30 locally or $2.50 shipped. An unspooled length of 100 feet of SOOW 6/3 is gonna weigh around 55 lbs.

You might call CED here in Denver and see what their price is and if they do credit sales.

CED-Denver
2405 W. 5th Ave.
303-623-1233

Like Randy says, an RV extension cord would be ideal, so maybe check Camping World or the RV dealers. Might be realistic or cheaper and would have plugs on each end already.