I don't know much of anything about welding or 3 phase wiring, but there
may be an alternative with a secondary benefit, since you say you live
in the boonies.
I've heard (don't know for sure) that a diesel-powered welder of the
type you see on service trucks also makes a very good backup generator
in case of power outages, and is cheaper than a dedicated generator of
Of course, be sure you have a competent electrician install the proper
whatchamacallit (transfer switch?) that keeps you from back feeding the
power company's lines, YMMV, etc.
Chuck (boy, that was useful and specific, wasn't it?) Schultz
Scott Hall wrote:
> so I'm sitting here admiring the first welder's suntan of my life, and I
> got to wondering: why? I've welded stuff that took a long period of time
> to weld, and I never got pink before. my theory is the 100% duty cycle on
> the shop's welder, which had me laying a bead continuously for a good long
> time, whereas before I got a long break between beads.
> this spurred me to lust for a three phase like we have at work, and wonder
> how I could get one, too (that, and I just saw two *sweet* three phase
> welders on ebay for cheap). now, I know it's expensive and not a
> do-it-yourselfer kinda thing, unless you're an electrician, etc., etc.,
> yada, yada, ad nauseum.