View Full Version : Welding without 220v power?

06-15-2006, 10:02 AM
Hey guys, I'm curious, is there any way to run a welder sans 220v? I'm still very new to welding, so forgive me if this is the dumbest question ever. I don't need to do much- just seam weld my front sub and tack a couple of brackets onto my rear end.

06-15-2006, 10:12 AM
You can buy welders that run on 110V. Is that what you're asking?

06-15-2006, 10:15 AM
Or have a electrician wire in a 220v outlet.

06-15-2006, 11:41 AM
You can buy welders that run on 110V. Is that what you're asking?

I did not know that...that pretty much solves the problem right there.

06-15-2006, 12:49 PM
Cool. But do some searches here on 110V MIG welders. They have limitations you need to be aware of before buying.

06-17-2006, 11:41 AM
Miller makes a few MIG welders that will run on 110V input power:

Miller 135 - their cheapest MIG welder http://www.millerwelds.com/products/mig/millermatic_135/

Miller DVI (Dual Voltage Input) - runs on both 110V and 220V power. A nice choice to be able to weld immediatel but not have to replace your welder if you ever get 220 installed. http://www.millerwelds.com/products/mig/millermatic_dvi/

Miller Passport - a portable MIG welder that can also run on both 110V and 220V http://www.millerwelds.com/products/mig/millermatic_passport/

I haven't looked much into them, but I'm sure Lincoln and other brands also sell 110V welders. I know they sell cheap ones at Lowe's/HomeDepot/etc that run on 110V. As [email protected] said though, you need to check into the limitations that 110V welders have on them, namely output capacity and duty cycle. Check out this page for a comparison of Miller MIG welders: http://www.millerwelds.com/products/mig/allinone_products.html

Hope that helps! Do your research before buying one!

06-18-2006, 08:54 PM
wow...I had no idea that there was so much variance from welder to welder. I guess I should have realized it...

Maybe I'll just farm out the welding on my next project and take the time to save up and figure out what's really the best solution. Thanks, guys, for keeping me from jumping the gun on this.