Posted by amdx on June 24, 2010, 1:56 am
Hurricane season is coming and I needed to get a source of emergency
power to keep my business inventory frozen
if we do lose power. I don't have a convenient place to permanently place
the generator, so I decided to put it on a
trailer. Now I can store it in the back yard and move it near the house as
I was almost ready to buy the Honda EU6500isa for $,400 but found the
Miller Bobcat 250 for $,389 with
58% more watts and I think the welder will hold it's value better, so I
bought the Miller.
I got the trailer from Harbor Freight, Regular price $59.99 on sale for
$99.99 but I was only billed $79.99. :-)
I bought a Miller Bobcat 250 welder with 9,500 watts continuous power.
Check their ebay price, $00 cheaper but they offered the ebay price to me.
My son helping with assembly in the living room. Air conditioned workshop
(wife was working)
Trailer assembled except for fenders.
Trailer with 3/4" plywood base.
Trailer with welder mounted, Balance worked out well, about 30 lb tongue
I can push it around the yard myself.
Welder is 560 lbs, trailer rated at 1090 lbs.
Don't have plans to tow it on road, but trailer came with title, fenders and
I'll be adding a drop on cover to keep the rain off.
Cover design thoughts still churning.
Posted by Ignoramus8716 on June 24, 2010, 2:32 am
Looks pretty good. Place some mothballs into the generator to keep
Posted by amdx on June 24, 2010, 9:02 am
I was awake at 3am thinking about mice chewing on the wiring.
Posted by PeterD on June 24, 2010, 11:39 am
Also when you wake up at 3AM worrying about mice, consider doing a
exercise run of the generator set. Run for about an hour or so (fully
loaded) at least every 30 days, and at critical times, maybe every two
weeks. Also don't forget to keep the battery charged! (and to have
fuel, lots of fuel, on hand...)
Posted by vaughn on June 24, 2010, 12:17 pm
Invest in a Battery Tender and mount it in the trailer errantly.
http://batterytender.com/ Park your trailer near an outlet, (install one if
necessary). Thank me later.