Powerful Multi-Tasking: Everything you need to know about welder generators (plus a bit more):
Why have one when you can have two? A welder generator appeals to the value-seeker in every one of us. But it doesn't stop there - with manufacturers packing even more tools into a generator unit, we can now get more bang for our buck than ever before.
Here, we reveal what you need to know about these multi-tasking powerhouses...
What is a Welder Generator?
A welder generator creates power for welding without reliance on mains electricity. Simply fill up the fuel tank, just as you would for a regular generator, and the welder generator will power your welding equipment wherever you need it. As a result, welder generators have become essential equipment for constructions sites, farms, industry and more.
Can I use a welder generator as a generator?
Sure can! One of the biggest advantages of a welder generator is that it can be used as a stand-alone generator. This saves you space, money and hassle in running two separate machines. So when you aren't using the machine for welding, you can use the generator power for work lights, emergency power or to run power tools. You can plug tools and appliances directly into its outlets as normal.
What else can a welder generator do?
Advances in manufacturing means you can now get 2-in-1, 3-in-1 and even 4-in-1 machines (known as 'workstation generators'). Take the Crommelins 7kVA 3 in 1 workstation - it houses a welder, generator and battery charger in one powerful yet surprisingly compact unit. The welder generator delivers a maximum output of 5600 watts together with 60-180 amp welding capacity and 12 - 24V battery charger. There are also 4-in-1 options with everything you could need for a demanding jobsite; that is, a generator, welder, compressor and batter charger. Isn't technology great?
The most common choice of welder generator is the conventional model such as the Gentech 7kVA Welder Generator Powered by Honda. This is our best seller for farmers, tradies and serious DIY'ers who just want a tough, reliable welder generator unit. The other popular welder generator model is the Powerlite 7kVA Welder Generator, also powered by Honda.
With the multi functionality of the Workstation Generators, do I lose performance?
No, performance is optimised on each of the four functions. So the generator delivers the continuous output as stated, while the welder boasts the full amp welding capacity, the compressor delivers maximum psi air compression and for the finale -you get 12 volt DC battery charging. This is the same across each model when you choose a workstation welder generator from a leading manufacturer, you'll get the same rugged, heavy-duty components and reliability you would expect from any generator unit.
How much does a welder generator cost?
The price usually comes down to the size - which is measured in power output. As a rule, the larger the welder generator, the higher the price. Other must-have features will also add to the value (and price) of the unit, such as WorkCover extras and other features, including earth leakage protection (ELP) and weatherproof outlets. Diesel Welder Generators will typically set you back more than Petrol Welder Generator Models.
Welder generators are available from leading manufacturers including Powerlite, Gentech, Dunlite and Crommelins, and both provide excellent value for money. The Crommelins all-in-one welder generators are widely considered premium equipment units, and often the choice for the hire industries. Powerlite, Gentech, Dunlite use the world's best Honda engines and are renowned across Australia for their endurance and performance on the worksite.
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DISCLAIMER* Please note, this advice is general in nature and we strongly recommend consulting the product manual and where relevant, a professional installer.