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post #1 of 13 Old 02-11-2014, 04:34 PM Thread Starter
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Size SO Cord?

Hi,
Anyone know what size so cord should I use for a Lincoln 180 dual mig welder.
I'm thinking of 10/3 SO Cord. But I need between 38' and 40' of it.
Making an extension cord that long should I use 8/3 so cord?
This is what I found:
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MIG, Flux-Cored
Product Number
K3018-2

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Input Power
120/1/60 or 208/230/1/60
Input Current at Rated Output
20A
Rated Output Current/Voltage/Duty Cycle 120V: 90A/19.5V/20%
208V: 130A/17.6V/30%
230V: 130A/20V/30%
Output Range
120V: 30-140 Amps DC, Max. OCV: 33
208V/230V: 30-180 Amps DC, Max. OCV: 34
Wire Feed Speed Range 50-500 ipm (1.3-12.7 m/min)
Weight/Dimensions (H x W x D) 68 lbs. (31 kg)
14 x 10.15 x 18.16 in. (357 x 258 x 472 mm)

Any help would be appreciated.
Thanks, Dan

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running it off of 120 or 230?

either way, 10/3 should suffice with only a 20 amp rated input. Get 600v rated cord if you can vs the 250v rated version

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x2 on above
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At about $2 a foot for 10/3 soow cord, its only a couple dollars more to just buy two of these after getting the 6-50 plug and receptacle to make the extension cord.

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running it off of 120 or 230?

either way, 10/3 should suffice with only a 20 amp rated input. Get 600v rated cord if you can vs the 250v rated version
Also, get SJOOW for your extension cord - the jacket's tougher.

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Northern sells 220v extension chords for welders.. Probably more expensive than piecing one together but it's an "off the shelf" item. Think they're rated at 40amps or so.. I've seen them in 25' and 50' lengths

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I can buy 10/3 SO for $1.23/ ft. I have connections to 2 different electrical vendors. I'll check to make sure it is rated for 600 v. I will be using 120v on the mig for now. I thought of 8/3 SO. I'll see what the price difference is between the 2. One end I'm going to put a bell box and a 20 amp GFCI on it. The other will be male end body. So I can go with 8/3 just I'll have to figure out how to hook the male end on.
This should cost me under $75.00 to make. Already have bell box, gcfi and male end cap. Just need to buy the wire. I'll check out SOOW cord also.
I'll let you guys know how I went and I'll take a pic of it when done. First of all I need to buy the mig. About $230.00 away from it. Been saving for it for about 5 months now.
Thank you all for the input.
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I made mine;
http://home.comcast.net/~laybackman/.../extension.htm

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Looks nice. I'm going to buy the 10/3. And do about the same as you did. I'll post it after I make it.
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Looks nice. I'm going to buy the 10/3. And do about the same as you did. I'll post it after I make it.
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Make sure you get the right configuration of male and female plugs.

In my case I now have a 220 volt compressor with a dedicated outlet in my garage. I made sure the male plug on my extension cord was the same configuration as the wall outlet. I swap the plugs when I need either the welder or the compressor.

Then you need to make sure the receptacle on the end of the cord is the same configuration as the male plug on your welder.

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Make sure you get the right configuration of male and female plugs.

In my case I now have a 220 volt compressor with a dedicated outlet in my garage. I made sure the male plug on my extension cord was the same configuration as the wall outlet. I swap the plugs when I need either the welder or the compressor.

Then you need to make sure the receptacle on the end of the cord is the same configuration as the male plug on your welder.
Everytime i go up north to visit family..i have the same issue because EVERYONE wants me to fix or build something for them,,,

So went and bought the right ends to adapt my cord to their 220v plug in's..just used a short peice of 10/3 to make them..just left them there for future use..

That maybe a good idea for your situation instead of having to change ends all the time

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Make sure you get the right configuration of male and female plugs.

In my case I now have a 220 volt compressor with a dedicated outlet in my garage. I made sure the male plug on my extension cord was the same configuration as the wall outlet. I swap the plugs when I need either the welder or the compressor.

Then you need to make sure the receptacle on the end of the cord is the same configuration as the male plug on your welder.
I work in a stock room where I see these plugs all the time. If we don't stock it then I'll call the vendor.
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UPDATE... Here is a pic of my Mig Welder that I asked about the cord. I had $1200.00 saved. Needed a car that would last 5 years or so. I won it for $450.00 + fees and towing = $955.00. Here are some pics. Been driving it for 4 or 5 months now and no problems. After this winter I'll save up again for the Lincoln 180 Duel that I wanted.
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