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Portable Welder Shootout: Hobart Champion 4500

Posted in How To on April 1, 2011 Comment (0)
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Contributors: Rick PéwéKevin McNultyAli Mansour
Photographers: Alan HuberAli MansourRick Péwé

In our quest to find the ultimate trail welding machine we found that there really wasn't one perfect welder for every job. A number of welders excelled in different situations and with different techniques. Our tests found that the Hobart Champion 4500 stick welder and generator make a cool system for the home and a great base camp welder and (semi)portable power unit for trail runs, adventure outings, and 4x4 events.

We consider the Champion 4500 a medium-weight unit; it weighs a hefty 190 pounds, which makes it difficult for one person to move. But with a helping hand or its wheel-mounted system (accessory) the unit is easier to lug around. The generator makes a great truck bed mounted system that's easy to use and provides plenty of power for stick welding while cranking out enough juice for power tools like grinders and drills to fix a slew of metal and mechanical problems.

SPECS
CHAMPION 4500
Price $1,735
Power 10 hp at 3,600 rpm;
4,000-4,500 watts continuous power
Output (amps) 60-140
Outlets Two 120V AC, two 240V AC
Fuel Unleaded pump
Starting Method Pull
Weight (lb) 190
Dimensions (in) 203/4 wide, 223/4 high, 311/4 deep
Accessories Cover, portable running gear
with wheels, lifting eye for hoisting

Pros
•Produces quality welds
•Dependable
•Easy to operate
•Motor runs on unleaded fuel
•Reliable and consistent 110V and 240V AC power source
•Excellent power source in remote locations
•Could be used for powering a smaller MIG or TIG welder also

Cons
•Large and heavy
•Noisy
•Higher skill level needed for welding thin metal
•Run out of gas and you're done welding

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Sources

Hobart Welders
N/A, AK
800-626-9420
http://www.hobartwelders.com

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