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Posted 3/14/2019 14:39 (#7380342 - in reply to #7380243)
Subject: RE: Electrical question

Southern MN

The NEC allows for downsizing of wire to welders because they are not a continuous load. Wire size is determined by amp draw and duty cycle. You can run a 50 amp welder on 12 ga wire so long as the duty cycle is 20% or less.

Edit to add:
As we add 50A 220v outlets around the farm, we are installing the 14-50 since it is a 4-wire connector. We have an adapter from the 14-50P to the 6-50R with the H-H-G connected (N not used). This allows a camper to be plugged in when friends visit and also allows us to easily add 3 20A 120V circuits since we have a fuse box that plugs into the 14-50 and had 3 20A fused 120V duplex circuits in it. The OP could easily make an adapter with a 14-30P and a 6-50R to adapt the welder and just not use the ground pin.

Edited by MiradaAcres 3/14/2019 14:46

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