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What Is Your Backup Power Supply?

A generator is a handy farm tool for a number of reasons. To be able to work electric power tools, lights and a welder at a remote location is one. Backup power in the case of power failure is another.

You’ll find lots of generator brands out there. Grainews received a news release recently from Hobart, announcing its new Champion Elite combination generator-welder. It generates peak power of 11,000 watts, and while welding provides 9,500-watts continuous power at 100 per cent duty cycle. The engine is a 23-horsepower OHV, twin-cylinder gasoline Kohler or Subaru.

The generator has four 120 V (20 amp) receptacles and one 120/240 V (50 amp) receptacle. All receptacles feature push-button reset circuit breakers. Auxiliary power is available while welding, offering two operators to work off the same generator.

The unit provides “excellent starting capabilities,” the company says, for electric motors in the three to five hp range. It can run for up to nine hours on one, 12-gallon tank of gas under a continuous load of 4,000 watts.

On the welding side, Champion Elite has Field Current Control (FCC) technology for smooth Stick arc starts with minimal sticking of the rod. Hobart’s FCC feature monitors feedback from the welding arc and continuously adjusts the current from the generator to maintain optimum arc characteristics.

The welder has two processes: AC stick or scratch-start DC TIG. Output is 50 to 225 amps for AC stick welding with 6010, 6011, 6013 and 7018 rods up to 3/16 inch and 7014 and 7024 rods up to 5/32 inch. The machine also is suitable for general stick or scratch start DC TIG.

For a detailed spec sheet or free literature, visit www.HobartWelders.comor call 1-877-462-2781. MSRP is US$3,050. “For roughly the same price as a standalone generator, Hobart offers an added value in their all-in-one machine that runs motors, powers tools and appliances and provides Stick and TIG welding capabilities as well,” the company says.

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