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    Hi,

    I have a hobart 210 handler and need to make a 25' extension cord. Can anybody tell me what size wire I need? The guy at Home Depoyt says I need 6/3 I was hoping I could use 10/3? Any info would be great.

    Thanks,
    Grant

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    The Owner's Manual for your model indicates a min. gauge of 14, pg 14 0r 15, but that isn't for a flexible cable. A 10 ga. cable/cord should work fine...unless you are talking a very long run.
    Last edited by Wyoming; 11-02-2008, 07:29 PM.
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    • #3
      Originally posted by fmf816 View Post
      Hi,

      I have a hobart 210 handler and need to make a 25' extension cord. Can anybody tell me what size wire I need? The guy at Home Depoyt says I need 6/3 I was hoping I could use 10/3? Any info would be great.

      Thanks,
      Grant
      I imagine the reason the HD dood is suggesting 6/3 is because the Plug on the machine is a 50amp rated plug...

      but you don't need 50amp capacity Cord as the 210 draws 24 amps at 150amp Rated output.

      Go over to the Extension cord aisle and pick up a Rigid 10/3 25' or 50' Cord- I think they are about 50 bux. and then just replace the Plugs on the end to 6-50.

      I think the 10/3 cord by the foot is about $1.89
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      • #4
        A number 10 wire and a 30A breaker is a tailor made setup for this machine.
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        • #5
          #10 is a great choice, you don't even have to derate it for the duty cycle. You could use #12 at that distance if you were cheap.

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          • #6
            One reason I like the 10 is it fits the connections in the plugs and recepts better than smaller wires. Also V drop is negligible with this class of machine.
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            • #7
              Thank you everyone!!!!!

              Thank you everyone!!!!! I got the 10/3 wire and I have a 30A breaker. Thank you so much everyone.

              Thanks,
              Grant

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              • #8
                i read u can go 66 feet with 10/3 so i made a 60 footer.
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                • #9
                  On that machine you could go to 100 ft with 10 no problem.
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                  • #10
                    Read quite a bit before rigging my extension for my new HH210; went to Home Depot and got 50 ft. of 10/3 SOOW cable, made myself a water tight NEMA 6-50r box and added a 14-30p to the other end (minus the Neutral leg which I removed since not needed), hooked up to my existing 4 plug 30 amp breakered(sp?) dryer outlet (I have a gas dryer so I'm golden ); it now reacher anywhere in my garage.

                    Worked like a charm, thanks weld talk for the useful info.
                    David.

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