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    I plan on running off my panel with a 50 amp breaker, run 8/3 to my garage in PVC electrical conduit, into my Hobart receiptical. I don't know much about electricity so input is much appreciated.

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    If you knowledge is limited, my first though would be get a electrician to actually make the connections for you.... You can do the grunt work of getting everything in place though....

    Other wise read up a bit on how to wire 230 volt circuits.... SIMILAR TO electric clothes driers or electric kitchen ranges.... Generally the wiring is same for welder circuit....Its not complicated, but there is enough voltage in there to KILL YOU if you are not careful and maybe do it wrong....

    Next question is it a 3 wire or 4 wire 50 Amp plug/receptacle (nema designation on plug/receptacle).... Will make a difference on number of wires you need to properly supply receptacle with power and also is there room in breaker panel for additional 50 amp breaker?

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    Last edited by Dale M.; 03-05-2014, 07:56 PM.
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    • #3
      Ok after some thought I'm going to use 10/2 b/c my plug/receptical only has a hot, neutral & ground. There is room in my panel for a 50 amp breaker.

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      • #4
        We can assume this is an attached garage? A 10/2 with a 50 will run a Stickmate just fine, this does not make for a 50A to a pottery kiln but a welder circuit for machines with a 50A factory plug.
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        • #5
          Originally posted by TinoDTank View Post
          Ok after some thought I'm going to use 10/2 b/c my plug/receptical only has a hot, neutral & ground. There is room in my panel for a 50 amp breaker.
          Excuse me.... BUT its two hot leads (L1 & L2) and a ground...

          Page 15... http://www.hobartwelders.com/om/0900/o950a_hob.pdf



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          • #6
            for 50 amp breakers you will need 8/3 if you plan on getting the max current out of your welder. On that unit, you can expect to draw 47.2 amps at max output. 10 gauge wire will carry only 30 amps safely I believe, where as 8 gauge will carry 50 amps.

            You need two hots and ground. No neutral needed for this welder. I have the exact same setup.
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            • #7
              how long of a wire do you need to run ? I would use 8/3 ,or 6/3 if the circuit is more then 50 ft away from the breaker .

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              • #8
                Plan "B" read the Hobart manual for that welder it tells you how and what size wire. Hate to go over this again and again, but NEC for welders is different than for other circuits, you don't need #8 wire. The Miller and Hobart instruction manuals follow the NEC Code and its been the same for a long time.

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                • #9
                  I agree the load on the wire/circuit is only a few minutes at a time so there is no time for heat which causes amp loss and circuit damage or fire if over drawn to long. no chance of that when using your welder. 10/2 with ground and you'll be fine.
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