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    Hobart Champion 145

    My shop burned down in the Oak Fire. I lost all my welding equipment and tools.I really need an engine drive. I wonder if one of these would be worth buying. Pre post covid I really don't feel like chasing all over the country when I can just go to Tractor Supply and pick one up. Kind of a lot of money and just a little crappy briggs engine but pretty light weight for loading. It will probably do anything I need to do.

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    Re: Hobart Champion 145

    To bad fire
    Where was Oak fire?
    Are you using stick or fluxcore?

    I like a DC welder for stick work.

    Dave

    Quote Originally Posted by TomA View Post
    My shop burned down in the Oak Fire. I lost all my welding equipment and tools.I really need an engine drive. I wonder if one of these would be worth buying. Pre post covid I really don't feel like chasing all over the country when I can just go to Tractor Supply and pick one up. Kind of a lot of money and just a little crappy briggs engine but pretty light weight for loading. It will probably do anything I need to do.

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    Re: Hobart Champion 145

    Quote Originally Posted by smithdoor View Post
    To bad fire
    Where was Oak fire?
    Are you using stick or fluxcore?

    I like a DC welder for stick work.

    Dave
    Oak fire was in Mariposa Co. CA. Hit nationwide news. See "The battle for Triangle Rd." on utube

    I do stick only.

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    Re: Hobart Champion 145

    You not to far from you l am in Fresno County California a little over a hour drive from you.

    I would look on Craigslist I seen a few good one there over years.

    Typically I found Tractor Supply to be high in price. I would type Amazon and Walmart for better pricing.

    I have purchased welders from Fresno Oxygen and Weco. They both good but pricing is high.

    Dave

    Quote Originally Posted by TomA View Post
    Oak fire was in Mariposa Co. CA. Hit nationwide news. See "The battle for Triangle Rd." on utube

    I do stick only.

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    Re: Hobart Champion 145

    Its DC, great for 1/8 work, good for maintenance. Itsa little light but not a big deal but the other drawback, might not matter but the AC is 120 or 240 and no 120/240 I forget what engine is in it but Hobart is reliable and although dinky will be really fuel friendly.

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    Re: Hobart Champion 145

    Now I am thinking about one from Harbor Freight. $1799. has electric start and Preditor engine. Comes with leads. Alternator technology, don't know if this is a good thing or not.

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    Re: Hobart Champion 145

    It is a generator with a inverter welder.

    You mat want a generator and welder.

    Dave

    Quote Originally Posted by TomA View Post
    Now I am thinking about one from Harbor Freight. $1799. has electric start and Preditor engine. Comes with leads. Alternator technology, don't know if this is a good thing or not.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TomA View Post
    Now I am thinking about one from Harbor Freight. $1799. has electric start and Preditor engine. Comes with leads. Alternator technology, don't know if this is a good thing or not.
    I meant to say inverter technology. I don't know if that is a good thing.

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    Re: Hobart Champion 145

    It is to new to know .
    It takes less copper to build a inverter.

    If look at gasoline welders made by name brands they are using the new tech.

    I have own both Hobart and Miller gasoline welders

    Today I would buy a a 9,000 watt or larger generator and use a standard 240 volt welder. If something goes bad it only replacing just on part.

    Dave

    Quote Originally Posted by TomA View Post
    I meant to say inverter technology. I don't know if that is a good thing.

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    Re: Hobart Champion 145

    New inverters are designed to run from gensets, or a lot of them are. I kind of agree, if I was looking at this from a utility standpoint the gen and an inverter has a lot of appeal. DVI lets a guy to a lot from 120V line used to be a real problem. The hours a hobby and maintenance guy does is different than someone on row or real heavy equipment. I havnt got 10 hrs portable engine in 20 years.

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    Re: Hobart Champion 145

    The Predator engine is good engine.

    Got a bunch of folks down here using the Predator 2000 and 3000 on film shoots for location power when needed.

    Everyone seems to be ok with them so far.
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