View Full Version : welder extension cord wire size
08-15-2011, 12:21 AM
need to make an extension cord for a arc welder. Im not sure which wire size to run. I want to make a 30-50ft cord.
08-15-2011, 07:21 AM
Go buy an UGLYS book. That is a reference for electricians and electronics. There are too many variables with the question you ask for anyone to safely answer it here.
08-15-2011, 10:32 AM
Do you think 10 Gage would be good?
08-15-2011, 08:16 PM
What is the rated max current draw of the welder?
20A = 12GA
30A = 10GA
40A = 8 GA
08-15-2011, 09:00 PM
ill go look and thanks for the chart.
Edit: found a few different number but found it on lincolnwelding website.
This is the one I have: http://www.lincolnelectric.com/en-us/Equipment/Pages/product.aspx?product=K1297
08-16-2011, 05:53 PM
#8 should be fine for that.
08-16-2011, 06:49 PM
okay. sounds good. this is going to be pricey.
08-16-2011, 06:50 PM
I would say bigger is better.
Better to have it and not need it than need it and not have it!
08-16-2011, 07:55 PM
true. Ill probably get it with next weeks check. need to buy my por15 and shift extender this week
08-16-2011, 08:08 PM
Might be cheaper to just buy a pre made one...
08-16-2011, 09:28 PM
Where would i find one of these cords.
I found a write up using the same plugs as i am?
08-16-2011, 09:55 PM
So you are plugging into a dryer outlet or a welder outlet?
Harbor Freight should sell the welder cords.
08-17-2011, 08:02 AM
Im plugging it into the stove plug. I already swapped the plug on the welder just need the extension cord to run it outside.
08-20-2011, 10:40 PM
I got a 25' with 50amp welder plug ends that light up for $75 at Rural King.
08-20-2011, 10:44 PM
The one I have is like this. http://www.ebay.com/itm/Right-Angle-Welding-Cord-25Ft-8-Gauge-50-Amp-Cords-MIG-/170652877788?pt=BI_Welding_Supplies&hash=item27bbb443dc#ht_1591wt_883
08-20-2011, 11:03 PM
Years back my dad made an extension cord from 8 gauge house wire ~ 30' long. It's worked for me for 20 years. A bit of a pain to coil up though.
08-21-2011, 01:00 AM
I'm using 30 feet of 8-3 tek cable for mine lol. It was free, so I only had to buy the ends. Hard to hurt it being armor sheathed and all...
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