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    I see welders mounted on truck beds so they must be weatherproof. Where in the machine specs does it say if they are weatherproof or OK to mount on a truck?
    "He who is without oil shall throw the first rod."
    Compressions 9.7:1

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    I don't think they advertise them as weather proof... just portable. As far as it goes however, they do have specs to properly ground them to minimize the risk of electric shock when used out in the weather.

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    • #3
      My 210 is "portable" by definition. Is it weatherproof?
      "He who is without oil shall throw the first rod."
      Compressions 9.7:1

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      • #4
        Would you settle for weather resistant? Even smart phones dropped in a toilet bowl can be dried out and made to work again. I'm sure your 210 if was left in the rain then dried would probably spark up? I wouldn't try it, but it's what I'd guess.

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        • #5
          All my welding machines, including my HH210 have spent plenty of time outdoors, including in the elements. The biggest issue is the labels fading in the sunlight.

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          • #6
            Some of us baby our equipment. I can only do hobby work in my parent's back yard. I do no side work (or hobby work) for others any more. Got stiffed or knocked down in price by "friends". Keep my machine, even my generator, under a cover in the garage. When doing a project I wheel the cart out in the backyard. Even cover up my welder when doing any grinding. At work is another story....the machines are money makers, not hobby toys. Yep, the labels fade, the black plastic discolors, even cracks. Some of the old plates were clear plastic with printing on the back side. Time, rough handling, or grinding sparks, are not kind to that type of face plate.
            Last edited by gatemaker; 08-26-2019, 05:29 PM.
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            Lincoln Power MIG 180....
            Winco 6000 watt generator (13 hp Honda) "Big Jake"

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            • #7
              Many that I have seen have weather protection covers (raincoats).... Many without anything......
              "Fear The Government That Wants To Take Your Guns" - Thomas Jefferson..

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Nipper View Post
                My 210 is "portable" by definition. Is it weatherproof?
                No. The definition of "portable" in this case, means that it can be carried, or wheeled, not that it can be left exposed to rain or snow without ill effects. "Portable" when applied to an engine-drive welder, generally means it is manufactured so that most weather sensitive parts are shielded. I had an SA 200 that went for years outside without side covers, and mice were the main problem.

                In general, most plug-in machines would need some sort of cover to be truck-mounted.
                Last edited by Northweldor; 08-26-2019, 12:48 PM.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by oldguyfrom56 View Post
                  I don't think they advertise them as weather proof... just portable. As far as it goes however, they do have specs to properly ground them to minimize the risk of electric shock when used out in the weather.
                  Our Two Jeeps are weatherproof But Jeep Doesn't advertise that.

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