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Welding performance with power

04/05/2012 @ 1:46pm

So you won't have to invest in two or three machines to handle multiple jobs, both John Deere and Hobart Welding are combining popular devices into single units.

Deere's welderator

John Deere's Welderator is a stationary, gasoline-powered machine that provides three functions – air compressor, generator, and arc welder – all in one.

The unit features an industrial Subaru overhead cam/overhead valve, 404-cc engine with electric start on a powder-coated ASME coded 30-gallon receiver tank, which is mounted on a heavy-duty 3/16-inch base plate to reduce vibration. Weighing in at 585 pounds empty, this machine is 46 inches long by 22 inches wide and 47 inches high.

In generator mode, the unit kicks out a maximum of 5,000 watts through two 120-volt, 20-amp receptacles. Choose between idle down for use with the air compressor or full-throttle to power the welder or for electric power.

The compressor's two-stage pump has a splash-lubricated cast-iron crankcase and durable stainless steel braided discharge hose.

When in welder mode, the machine can produce a 50- to 170-amp arc, which is sufficient for a variety of on-farm welding chores. The duty cycle is 150 amps at 100% power.

“These units are popular with a wide variety of farm, ranch, and commercial customers, as they can do so many jobs when matched with the right accessories,” says John Deere's Chris Spyrow. “They come with a two-year warranty and are easy to service.”

List price is $4,895. For more information, contact your local John Deere dealer or visit www.johndeere.com.

Hobart's champion elite

What sets the Champion Elite all-in-one AC generator and AC/DC stick welder apart from other machines on the market is its engine placement. It's positioned to create more efficient airflow, reduce sound, and eliminate heat recirculation.

At just over 3½ feet long and weighing only 490 pounds, this machine's compact design offers 260 amps AC, 225 amps DC, as well as 11,000 watts of peak generator power.

This unit provides generator power to run compressors, pumps, lights, hand tools, and more. It can also produce power during welding so multiple jobs can be performed at the same time.

The Champion Elite features a covered receptacle package that includes one 6-50R 230-volt, one 14-50R 230-volt, and two 115-volt 20A duplex GFCI receptacles.

The machine has a 12-gallon fuel tank, along with a Kohler 23-hp. twin-cylinder four-cycle OHV gasoline engine designed to conserve fuel and to provide long run-time. It also includes Hobart's Auto-Idle feature, which automatically idles the engine when it's not in use for greater fuel savings and less noise.

MSRP is $4,237. To learn more, visit www.hobartwelders.com.

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