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post #1 of (permalink) Old 12-30-2001, 12:03 PM Thread Starter
 
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Building 220v welder cord

I got the Millermatic 185 for Christmas, and I needed to make a cord to use it. I live in Base housing, so I cant do any electrical changes to the house. The dryer is a 30amp 3 prong, and the stove range is 50amp 3 prong.
I bought 80ft of 10/3 cord yesterday with a plug end (plug came with balde terminal for the range and "L" terminal for the dryer).
Is this enough gauge for the cord? Max input amps for the welder said [email protected] and [email protected] I used the dryer outlet last night for a test run and it worked.
I just want to make sure its safe, and was wondering which outlet I "should use"?
Oh yea, I hard wired it into the welder also.

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my opinion is for you to read up on wireing thats so you'll know and won't rely on somebody you don't know or on somebody who thinks they know(like me). but i would go with the range plug since your device calls for 40/amps.why your breaker ain't trippin is a question also, but then you may not be pullin max amps on your machine when you tested it. also i think your wire is too small. in my younger days we wouldn't put no more then 30/amps on a 10gauge wire. and if we went over 50ft we would drop down a gauge. but hey people have done what you've done and it has worked.just keep an eye out on your extension wire for over heating. just my opinion and i know somebody is going to disagree

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Re: Building 220v welder cord

well, the reason I went with the 10/3 was that the booklet with the welder said the max amp breaker was [email protected], and the min cord was 10 gauge for 128'. The original cord was 12/3 and 6' long. Im just not one to border in the gray area. Its usually overkill or nothing! I just want to make sure that what I have is correct and not dangerous. My respect for electricity equals my fear of it!

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Re: Building 220v welder cord

Congrats on the welder!!

Here is a good forum for welding. They cover your question as well.

http://www.hobartwelders.com/talk/

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Re: Building 220v welder cord

When I was in the Navy and base housing, I built a couple of race cars and a couple of 4X4 rigs using the stove outlet. The biggest problem taht I had was I always wanted to weld when the wife wanted to cook.



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Re: Building 220v welder cord

Sounds like us! hehehe
Anyone else have an opinion?
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Re: Building 220v welder cord

there is probably a differnt pkug between teh 30 amp stove, and 50A dryer outlet right?

if not wire it up for both, and use whichever is closer to what your welding, but the 30a will most likely kick the breaker under heavy load.

I made a 30 or so footer out of 6/3 to use with my ac/dc stick machine, and its too stiff to have much fun with carrying around, but works great.
i use it with my dryer outlet simply becuase its closer to the workshop



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Re: Building 220v welder cord

The stove is closer, and the plug that I got has the blades for both the dryer adn the stove. The stove is closer, I just wondered if the 10/3 cord is okay for that? The Home Depot guy said I shouldnt run it off the stove because the amps are higher than the max rating for the welder (stove=50amps and welder=40amps).

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Re: Building 220v welder cord

Dont sweat that Teejay, think of it as extra "headroom"

the welder will only draw the current it needs, it wont be overloaded from a higher capacity outlet.



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Re: Building 220v welder cord

Thats what I asked the "electrician" at Home Depot. Thanks aton for the info.

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