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Old January 11th, 2010, 02:35 PM   #1
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Default Where to get leads for miller arc welder?

I stopped by a Howell Welding Supply store and they can custom make one for me. Does anyone sell thes in some "stock" lengths. I went to TSC online and it doesn't look like they carry any.

How long of leads should I get. My garage is 24'x24' and I was thinking about 20-25' of leads...but now I think that may be too much.
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Old January 17th, 2010, 12:40 PM   #2
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Old January 17th, 2010, 02:24 PM   #3
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Lake welding is a good place to get them. Get them long enough to go out side with if you ever need to.
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those leads are generally just made to fit whatever length you want...buy the welding cable (not battery cable) in the appropriate size for the length you want, buy the ends, and attach them

you can also get 1/4 turn connectors so you can make extension leads, so you can have a set of leads attached to your machine at, say, 15-20 feet, with a 1/4 turn coupler at the end, then a couple feet of cable and then your rod holder and ground clamp...then make another set of cables at, say, 25 feet, with a 1/4 turn coupler at each end...when you need the extra length, twist the couplers to release your rod holder and ground clamp, connect the extension cables, reattach your rod holder and ground clamp, and go...

keep in mind though that the diameter of the cable goes up as the length does
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keep in mind though that the diameter of the cable goes up as the length does
Not to mention the $$$. I'm trying to find some decent priced ones for my DialArc as well. Watch ebay and Northern Tool also has some.
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TSC should carry them, i remeber seeing rolls of it the numerous times ive been in there
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If you already have leads, it might be cheaper to just make an extension cord for the supply line. I'm kinda thinking that you are asking because you don't have leads at all, if that is the case sorry for the waste of time.
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If you already have leads, it might be cheaper to just make an extension cord for the supply line. I'm kinda thinking that you are asking because you don't have leads at all, if that is the case sorry for the waste of time.
Thanks for everyone's input.

I don't have leads at all. Even if I did, the welder weighs over 350lbs by itself, I wouldn't want move that around the garage, even on a cart. :)

I'll check TSC and ebay, if not, I'll have them custom made at the local welding store.
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