I have a Hobart Handler 175 that I'm tired of paying the stinkin electric company to run it. I already pay over $200 a month for electric (have gas stove, oven, hot water heater & furnace) that I think is outrageous. I think it may be due to the pool pump running for 6 hours a night filtering it, maybe the computers & TV's running 24/7 too.
Anyway, I used it to weld up a couple ramps to my front/back door & it really jumped the monthly level pay. I figured a buck or two for a couple months, but wow, it's almost $35.00 more for the past 4 months.
I was wondering if a 7.5KW generator would be enough to manage this and maybe a 200A TIG (when I finally decide which one I want). I see them on Craigslist, some are as low as 1000 watts, others I've seen (portable) are up to 8.9KW for a few hundred bucks. The difference in prices is the only reason I'm asking, that & where to store one.
If I had the bucks, I would get a welder/generator, but that's not an option right now. I'm thinking for now I should get at least a 7.5KW genset & that would be enough for me well into the future. What do the experts think? Remember I'm no electrician.