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  • Need 50ft cord for Millermatic 180 Autoset...

    I need to make an extension cord for my Millermatic 180 autoset. I would like the cord to be 50ft long. Will this effect the operation of the welder?

    Also what wire would you recommend? There is already a 220 plug in my garage that is 30AMP right now.

    There is a Lowes and Home Depot nearby that I can go to.

  • #2
    You will need to get a 10/3 Extension cord and cut the ends off and replace them with 6-50p (Plug) and 6-50r (receptacle) Wall Mount style.

    You can but 10/3 cable by the foot but it actually cost more- just check the prices while yer at the Store.

    If you can wait, you could order an extension cord with 6-50 Molded connectors.

    http://www.brwelder.com/indextemplat...ubCategory=155
    Ed Conley
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    • #3
      Just read that you have a 30 amp 240v in the geerage:

      What type of receptacle is it?
      Ed Conley
      Screaming Broccoli, Inc
      http://www.screamingbroccoli.net/
      MM252
      MM211
      Miller Passport Plus, Spoolmate 100
      TA185
      SO 2020 Bender
      Miller 125c Plasma
      "Hold my beer while I try this!"

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      • #4
        I'll second the vegetable. Cord by the foot will probably be much heavier duty jacket, but that probably won't matter to you. If that's a NEMA 14-30R receptacle in your garage, you won't need to use the center prong, just the two outsides and the ground.

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        • #5
          I'll second Broc's suggestion about buying an extension cord rather than buying by the foot at HD or Lowes.

          Don't know where you are, but if you've got a West Marine nearby, their 30A (10ga) shorepower cord makes a great extension cord for the MM180.

          I have several old boat shorepower cords I use for extensions for my welders. 25 and 50' 10ga for the HH187 and 50' 6ga I use for the MM251 and the Sync 250.
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          • #6
            Originally posted by Broccoli1 View Post
            You will need to get a 10/3 Extension cord and cut the ends off and replace them with 6-50p (Plug) and 6-50r (receptacle) Wall Mount style.

            You can but 10/3 cable by the foot but it actually cost more- just check the prices while yer at the Store.
            I just did this this past weekend -- at HD, the 'raw' 10/3 was listed as
            something over $2/ft ... and was a special order. The 50' 10/3 Ridgid
            extension cord was something like $53, the 100' was something like $95.
            Needless to say, I went the extension cord route. It works great
            (hooking the dryer socket in the house to the buzz box out in the
            driveway).

            Frank

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            • #7
              I made my own several years ago using bulk wire and dryer connections. Didn't even think to look for one already made. Don't I feel silly now.
              Two turn tables and a microphone.

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              • #8
                i might have been a bit too terse with regard to the extension cords...

                they came with "standard 120v" socket/plug that i snipped off
                and replaced with the appropriate 230v units. the
                originals are now in the garbage.

                still -- cheaper than buying the wire.

                frank

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                • #9
                  i just made a 30' cord with ends i picked up at home depot and i scored the 10/3 cable from a buddy. he still has about 700 feet of it. the wire is from a fire rescue truck that he picked up awhile back because he wanted the chassis.

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