/ Need Your Thoughts On A New Welder #21
- May 16, 2018
- North Idaho
- LS XR4145C
I started thinking the same thing. But the money is pretty tight as it is. That might be something I consider in the future. I know its better to "buy once, cry once" but I gotta get up and working. Besides, I only have 200amp service to the house. Maybe a 100amp service to the garage from my main panel will be better suited when I upgrade the service from the meter, to something like 400amp. But now we are talking some serious money. That will need to be hired out.Avenger: seems to me you're doing your homework here. if your existing house main can accommodate, think your decision to wire an appropriate 220 garage receptacle is a good one. for your run, you should find ample gauge info for 50A circuit run of that distance, looks like you already have
just a thought while you're considering the garage wiring.... i was in a similar situation yrs back wanting to add 220v woodworking, ect, machines to my limited space garage. since i was upgrading my house main circuit box @ the time, i decided to run an appropriate gauge cable to the garage for a 100 amp box there. from that garage 100A box, i ran dedicated 220 & 110 circuits for my machines (mounted on mobile bases so i could still park vehicle, etc)
since you're investing in a fairly heavy gauge cable for your run to the welder, with not a lot more, you could at least anchor a 100A box in your garage, then run your welder circuit.
just a long worded way of suggesting future options for you in a limited space but with ambitious shop designs. best regards
Thank you for the advice though!