06-24-2013 11:32 AM
Our welder/generator has died and apparently after these things get a few years old no one fixes them or has parts. We are trying to decide what to replace it with. There are several options but we don't know which option makes the most sense.
The first option is the generator with the attached welder. This is nice because you do not tie up a tractor such as if you buy a pto type generator. On the down side if one part cannot be repaired- ie for us it was the generator-you have to replace the entire unit.
The second option is to buy a stand alone generator and mount it on a portable stand and put a welder unit beside it
The third option is to buy a pto driven unit and like option two, have a welder you can plug it as needed.
The factors to be considered are relative costs and reliablility. We don't need it to be new but if you can't get repairs at all or at a reasonable price that is not much value.
We liked what we had , the gererator with atached welder but we want to make a good choice as replacement. We use it for power and welding when away from the shop, repairs in the field-hopefully rare and standby power at home in an emergency. Any suggestions are appreciated.
Thanks for any help.
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