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    I bought a Wilson Hornet welder!

    It is a model B300. It is 3 phase. A post on another online forum said that it was built between 1939 and 1951 (?).

    Does anybody have any information about them? There is very little on the internet.

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    I will post more pictures later.
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    Re: I bought a Wilson Hornet welder!

    You have 3 PH power?

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    Re: I bought a Wilson Hornet welder!

    Quote Originally Posted by Sberry View Post
    You have 3 PH power?
    High amperage 3 phase power?
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    Re: I bought a Wilson Hornet welder!

    23 kW motor = 31 HP.

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    Re: I bought a Wilson Hornet welder!

    Quote Originally Posted by Sberry View Post
    You have 3 PH power?
    No, but it is at the pole at one of my properties--where I am eventually building a workshop/barn. I called the electric company and they confirmed the service.

    I honestly bought the welder because it looked so unique and it was $100. I couldn't pass it up. I'm not sure what I am going to do with it.

    I have thought about seeing if it can be converted to single phase.

    I have also considered slowly lurking online for a 3-phase generator. I have found that if I wait and watch for things on CL and FB I can usually get a very good deal.

    My third options it to create 3-phase power from single phase using a rotary phase converter. I saw a video on Youtube about it. This just looks darned interesting. I'd totally do this!

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    Re: I bought a Wilson Hornet welder!

    Quote Originally Posted by ericsarratt View Post
    No, but it is at the pole at one of my properties--where I am eventually building a workshop/barn. I called the electric company and they confirmed the service.

    I honestly bought the welder because it looked so unique and it was $100. I couldn't pass it up. I'm not sure what I am going to do with it.

    I have thought about seeing if it can be converted to single phase.

    I have also considered slowly lurking online for a 3-phase generator. I have found that if I wait and watch for things on CL and FB I can usually get a very good deal.

    My third options it to create 3-phase power from single phase using a rotary phase converter. I saw a video on Youtube about it. This just looks darned interesting. I'd totally do this!

    If you're looking for a 3 phase gen set, I recommend looking into military surplus. Off the top of my head, I think something like a MEP 806a is what you'd want... I could have that wrong, though.


    Edit: nope, I was right. Get you a MEP 806a. It's 60,000 watts of diesel powered 3 phase goodness.
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    Re: I bought a Wilson Hornet welder!

    https://www.govplanet.com/for-sale/G...rm=&pnLink=yes

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    Re: I bought a Wilson Hornet welder!

    Quote Originally Posted by 52 Ford View Post
    If you're looking for a 3 phase gen set, I recommend looking into military surplus. Off the top of my head, I think something like a MEP 806a is what you'd want... I could have that wrong, though.


    Edit: nope, I was right. Get you a MEP 806a. It's 60,000 watts of diesel powered 3 phase goodness.
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    Yeah. I have been focusing on military generators. Thank you for the information.

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    Re: I bought a Wilson Hornet welder!

    Do you have a welder that works? Or likely to work in the near future? Since there is no delete will leave this.
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    Re: I bought a Wilson Hornet welder!

    Quote Originally Posted by ericsarratt View Post
    Yeah. I have been focusing on military generators. Thank you for the information.
    https://www.govplanet.com/for-sale/G...rm=&pnLink=yes

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