Posted 1/28/2010 22:05 (#1046823) Subject: Gas Engine Driven Welder Generators
I have an old miller welder generator with a Tecumseh sp? engine. The engine has problems is it possible to take the engine off and attach a Honda engine to the welder generator?
Next question what is the difference between Hobart welder generators and Miller welder generators? Price I can see the Hobart is a little cheaper but they both look kinda identical in physical appearance. Thanks Jon
Posted 1/28/2010 22:32 (#1046893 - in reply to #1046823) Subject: Re: Gas Engine Driven Welder Generators
East Central Saskatchewan
I once had a gas driven welder with a twin cylinder Onan, that broke a connecting rod. I had to get a steady bearing mount made up to hold the end of the generator in place and then I drove it with a 16hp kohler. It worked for a few more years and then the welder shorted out and died so I salvaged the engine and sold it and scrapped the rest. I don't like to invest a lot in a gas drive welder but I wouldn't want to be with out one. I now have a Lincoln "Weldinator", probably as old as I am, but this some it did some serious air-arcing and worked like a charm all day.
Posted 1/28/2010 22:57 (#1046950 - in reply to #1046823) Subject: Re: Gas Engine Driven Welder Generators
Hey Jon. If you come across any Kawasaki V-twin engines, they are great imo. Deere used them in lawn mowers and other items. I got one from a local store and put it on our belt conveyor. Very good engine. You probably need a horizontal shaft, and they cost more. We have an old old lincoln pipeliner and that is about the best I have ever used. That thing can flat out weld. Very good unit with a simple wisconsin engine if my memory serves correct. Have to be careful not to run ac items on its old dc outlet thought. Take care.
Posted 1/29/2010 07:26 (#1047234 - in reply to #1046823) Subject: RE: Gas Engine Driven Welder Generators
Regina/ 14 miles South of Moose Jaw Saskatchewan
Had similar situation last year....Long story short, had a chance to sell the Miller with the Tecumseh & picked up the new style Lincoln "Outback welder - seemed to offer a few advantages over the Miller equivalent for the money...
Worked out really well for us - used to have both welder and small generator in service bus - Lincoln replaces both - auto idle on Lincoln is very nice feature - 5 gal fuel tank nice - & DC welder was big step up from the AC on the Miller...
Would've been nice to get a Honda instead of the Kohler on the Outback - but so far haven't had a problem with the Kohler - generator gets used almost every day when we're in the field...
Posted 1/29/2010 08:24 (#1047300 - in reply to #1046823) Subject: Re: Gas Engine Driven Welder Generators
Miller makes Hobart welders. The Hobart is cheaper because they put in more plastic parts. I have a Miller bobcat and when you need it they are great. Lincoln are good welders also. I would think you could triad engines.
Posted 1/30/2010 10:17 (#1049053 - in reply to #1046823) Subject: RE: Gas Engine Driven Welder Generators
Jon... I have a Miller Roughneck welder with a good engine but the welder won't weld or generate. I can ask the owner of the welder if he wants to do some trading. This machine is kind of underfoot and needs to go somewhere. SE Iowa.
Posted 1/30/2010 10:24 (#1049061 - in reply to #1049053) Subject: Re: Gas Engine Driven Welder Generators
I have a Generac with a 20 horse Honda. Used it in ice storm last year for 2 weeks straight and it has been my service welder/generator for the past year. 10,000 watt and it has been a perfect machine. Gave 3200 for it. Wouldn't have anything without a honda motor on it.