Been thinking about getting a portable generator capable of running my MIG welder at full output (even though that's silly ).
9KW generators seem to run about a grand and 11KW seem to bump that up to $2K. 9KW is 37.5A at 240 and likely able to produce the needed juice to burn in rods, but I really want to run a MIG and avoid the smoke/dust/clean-up, not to mention I can weld as long as I want with my power supply and I have an extra feeder I can bring up North and leave there with the generator.
I don't have utility power on site and likely won't for long enough to make this purchase viable (plus they're talking $10K just to get to my high ground and I'm not ready to plunk that down). $1K vs 2K is still a big hit in the wallet.
Being able to weld 1/4" with .035 wire in a single pass is pretty much my minimum. I'm talking about long continuous seams on cargo containers, so my little Hobart 120v is a no-go (the 8" spools aren't cost effective for starters, and I don't want to have to bevel 20' pieces of bar stock to get a good joint).
What's out there that you guys would recommend?