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Old 04-02-2010, 07:48 AM
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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. 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.
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Old 04-02-2010, 07:54 AM
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Old 04-02-2010, 08:15 AM
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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.
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Old 04-02-2010, 08:36 AM
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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.
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Old 04-02-2010, 08:45 AM
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Old 04-02-2010, 08:49 AM
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I used SOOW 6/3 Nice and flexible in a strong oil resistant jacket. rated at 55 amps
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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.

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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.
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