Best Engine Driven Welder Generator Reviewed

Are you considering to get an engine driven welder-generator? Are you looking for some hints what specification to check before buying? For a starting point, please check out now the following article that might help you out.

Lincoln Bulldog 5500 (K2708-2)

Bulldog 5500 Portable Engine Driven Welder

Lincoln Bulldog 5500 Portable Engine Driven Welder – Tube Frame Design

The Lincoln Bulldog 5500 welder generator is probably the one generator on the market with a very attractive price for low-budget welders and home users.

With its tube frame, it is very rugged and provides up to 140 amps AC output. It is suited for AC welding up to 1/8 inch stick electrode.

5500 stands for its peak power of 5500 W. Continous output power is 4000 Watts AC power.

Engine Driven Welder, Bulldog 5500

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$1,999.99

Engine Type: Kohler 8,9 HP gasoline engine with cast iron cylinder

Power: 4000 W continuous AC power and 5,500 Watts peak. 120 V / 33.3 A and 240 V / 16.7 A receptacles.

Weight: 198 lbs

Welding Capacity: Stick welding @ 70-140 A, up to 1/8 in. stick electrode

Fuel Capacity: 1.9 Gals

Fuel Consumption (Full Load): 0.74 Gals./Hr

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Hobart Champion 145

The Hobart Champion 145 is a cost-effective 4,5 kW powered engine driven welder generator.

- Hobart Champion 145 Welder/Generator - 10 HP, 4,500 Watts, Model# 500563

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$2,849.69

Engine Type: Briggs&Stratton Intek, 10 HP gasoline engine

Power: 4000 W continuous AC power and 4,500 Watts peak. Four 120 V / 20 A receptacle and one 240 V 6-50R receptacles.

Weight: 222 lbs (with running gear)

Welding Capacity: Stick welding @40-145 A, up to 5/32 in. stick electrode

Fuel Capacity: 6.25 Gals

Fuel Consumption (Full Load): ~ 0.76 Gals./H

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Lincoln Ranger 250 GXT

Engine driven welder/generator

Ranger 250 GXT

The Lincoln ranger 250 GXT comes with electrical ignition and lots of power. Thanks to the high power device you can even use it for plasma cutting.

Moreover, it is remote ready that means you can remote control this welder.

Engine Driven Welder, Ranger

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$4,649.00 $5,298.75

Engine Type: Kohler Command, 24 HP gasoline engine with two cast iron cylinders.

Power: 10,000 W continuous AC power and 11,000 Watts peak. Two 120 V / 20 A receptacles and one 240 V 42 A receptacles.

Weight: 602 lbs

Welding Capacity: Versatile AC/DC welding output enables stick, TIG, MIG & flux cored welding  up to 250 A

Fuel Capacity: 12 Gals

Fuel Consumption (Full Load): ~ 1.7 Gals./H

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Miller Blue Star 185

The Miller Blue Star 185 is a compact device that comes with electrical ignition.

Engine Driven Welder, Gas, 13 HP

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$3,759.00

Engine Type: Kohler CH440 13.4 HP gasoline engine with two cast iron cylinders

Power: 6,200 W continuous AC power and 6,500 Watts peak. Two 120 V / 20 A receptacles and one 240 V 26 A receptacles.

Weight: 296 lbs

Welding Capacity: stick/TIG welding 185 A @ 25 V, 20% or 150 A @ 25V, 100%

Fuel Capacity: 6.25 Gals

Fuel Consumption (Full Load): ~ 1.0 Gals./H

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Hobart Champion Elite

High powered welder generator with high fuel capacity and lots of receptacles. It is a heavy duty machine with high power both for welding and additional tools.

- Hobart Champion Elite Welder/Generator - 23 HP, 11,000 Watts, Model# 500562

Last price update as of May 21, 2018 7:17 pm PST More Information
$5,182.12

Engine Type: Kohler 23 HP gasoline engine with 2 cylinders

Power: 9,500 W continuous AC power and 11,000 Watts peak. Four 120 V / 20 A receptacles and one 240 V 50 A and one 120/240 V 50 A receptacle.

Weight: 490 lbs

Welding Capacity: stick/TIG welding 225 @ 25 V (100% duty)

Fuel Capacity: 12 Gals

Fuel Consumption (Full Load): ~ 1.0 Gals./H

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Miller Bobcat 250

If you are looking for a welder generator that is diesel powered you might check out the Miller Bobcat 250.

Miller Bobcat 250 Diesel Engine-Driven Welder / Generator 907565

Last price update as of May 21, 2018 7:17 pm PST More Information
$10,970.51
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What is the typical use case of an engine driven welder generator?

So what exactly is a welder/generator and what do you use it for?

The engine driven welder generator is a piece of equipment that is fuel powered and provides you with electricity when you have no other electric power source available. You can use it for welding and even more.

Bulldog 5500 Portable Engine Driven Welder

Lincoln Bulldog 5500 Portable Engine Driven Welder – Tube Frame Design

For example, farmers use this type of mobile welding machine for maintenance repair work. Think of fence repair, constructing barns, repairing trailers and farm equipment. Also, think about construction work in the oil and gas industry.

You can also use the welder generator as a portable standalone generator which provides electrical power to any electrical device.

Moreover, you can run other equipment – like lights or grinders – while you are welding.

Some typical applications for welder generators:

  • Maintenance work
  • Construction sites
  • Farm equipment repair
  • Car frame construction work
  • Trailer repair
  • Pipeline construction
  • Equipment rental
  • Home use

Construction welder

 

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Buying guide – how to choose the best engine-driven welder-generator?

How much generator output do you need? 1kW or 20 kW phase?

Depending on the amount of tools or devices you want to run simultaneously you need more or less power. Also consider your welding job and the thickness of steel you need to weld.

In general, the more power you need, the more expensive your welder generator will be.

Electric start

For the reliable and more comfortable start consider electric start feature. Pull-start can be difficult when the device is mounted on the back of your truck.

Gasoline, Diesel or propane gas – what fuel type is best?

Engine driven welder generators can be powered by gas, diesel or propane fuel engine. Choosing the right fuel type can be critical. Let’s take a closer look at the properties of those fuel types.

Gasoline

Easy to use but some job sites don’t permit gasoline on the job sites as gasoline is a little bit more dangerous to use than diesel.

Furthermore, it requires more maintenance than Diesel because of the electrical ignition. Regular tuning and replacement of spark plugs will be required.

Diesel

Diesel pumpA Diesel engine is more expensive, but its efficiency is very good and the fuel consumption of diesel is lower than gasoline.

Diesel engines are more rugged and require less maintenance than the other options. Usually, the only things you need to do is oil and filter changes.

Diesel, in general, is safer to store than gasoline or LPG.

At temperatures below freezing point, diesel engine could be harder to start and might need some additional starting help.

Propane gas (LPG)

Propane gas, sometimes also called liquid petroleum gas (LPG).

Compared to gasoline and diesel, propane will not degrade when stored for longer time. So this could be a good option if you don’t use the generator for longer times.

On the downside, propane is less efficient than diesel or gasoline, and an additional gas tank is required.

Type of processes you want to run

Man cutting steel on construction siteA very important question is, what processes do you plan to run most of the time?

Think about stick/TIG/MIG wire feed welding.

There are many welder generators on the market that are multi-process machines.

Do you plan to stick/TIG/MIG and/or wire feed weld with your welder generator?

Do you plan to run a plasma cutter?

Besides that, what additional equipment do you want to run with the generator? Do you need a compressor, grinder, working lights or other hand tools?

Does your mate grind your weld work while you are doing another welding job?

To sum it up, please don’t forget to calculate your required power consumption if you use multiple tools at the same time.

Fuel tank size

Fuel meterWelding time depends on the one hand on the fuel type and on the other hand on the fuel tank size.

Bigger tanks, in general, give longer welding times.

Tank sizes vary from 5 gallons to over 25 gallons so you better know how big your tank should be.

Portability and weight

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There are welder generators which are portable and lightweight.

However, high power devices are heavy and big. To be mobile, you need to mount those on your truck or a trailer.

Consider adding cable racks and tools on your trailer.

If you plan it to put it on your truck, how much weight can your vehicle handle?

If you plan to mount it on your truck, I saw there are 3D CAD files devices available (at least for the Lincoln Electric devices). With this 3D data, it should be easy to plan your mounts.

Make sure to get a quiet and rugged machine, if desired.

Frame design and size

There are two different frame designs on the market. The Tube frame design and the enclosed case design.

Tube frame welders are usually more compact and lighter than devices with an enclosed case.

Moreover, tube frame welder generators can be lifted more easily by hand or with a crane from your pick-up truck.

Additionally, for highway trailers, there are protective frames available. Put those on your welder generator so that it doesn’t get damaged.

Also consider, if you plan to put the generator on the back of your truck, how much space on your truck can you give away for the welder generator?

How to save money?

Buy a used welder generator or consider sharing it. If you don’t need it often, you can also check out rentals near your place.

Auto idle feature idles your machine automatically down when you don’t use it. This helps to run quieter and use less fuel when no power is required.

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Accessories for your welder generator

The right accessories can help you to improve your welding job. A remote control lets you change amperage if you are 200 ft. away from the machine. You should prefer wireless remote controls because these are more versatile than wired remote controls.

Think about additional cylinder tank for gas powered welder generators. If you want to MIG weld, you need a portable wire feeder.

Another excellent piece of equipment could be a protective cover to protect your generator. And make sure to get a set of cables that fit your generator.

Safety equipment

Make sure to get proper safety equipment for welding like welding jacket, welding gloves and welding helmets.

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