Run 110 volt MIG off 5000 watt generator?

Old 08-22-06, 09:24 PM
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Run 110 volt MIG off 5000 watt generator?

I've got a 130 amp 110 volt Clarke MIG welder that I'd like to run off a portable generator so I can take it out in the field (I'm at a small farm). The generator is a homeowner type Coleman 5000 watt generator, one of the cheaper units with a 10 horse flathead motor. Supposedly, the max output of this generator should be around 40 amps, which should be plenty to power the MIG, which takes up to 25 amps max input. Is there any reason not to try this? Could I damage the MIG if something goes wrong with the current output of this rather cheaply made generator?
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I would not have reservations about doing this. IMHO, the Coleman generator is better made than the Clark MIG.
Old 08-31-06, 05:20 AM
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I think for ocassional use it should work just fine.
I too have a Coleman 5kw generator and have on occasion run my 220 volt MM150 mig on it.
I can only run the voltage on tap 2 of 4 and wire speed at 50% before the generator labors but have not had any problems doing so.

Let us know how it works if you try it.

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