Portable Welder Shootout: Premier Power WelderPosted in How To on April 1, 2011 Comment (0)
One of the handiest tools on the trail is a welder. No matter what you break (not counting tires and electronics) you can probably patch things back together with a welder. The Premier Power Welder uses a specially crafted alternator mounted on your engine so you can weld nearly anything, anywhere, at any time. The only thing that limits your welding is gas in your 4x4's tank-as long as you let the unit recharge the truck's battery every three hours or so after welding.
Putting out 160 amps at 12V makes for a unique weld, as the high-frequency characteristics of the Premier jiggles the weld puddle to bring the impurities in the weld to the surface. This makes for a far stronger weld and allows even the novice to stick-weld like an experienced hand.
The Premier alternator replaces your stock alternator, and the company has applications for the vast majority of 4x4s. The control box needs to be mounted in a safe and secure location. A vernier control knob for throttle speed is attached to regulate the engine rpm, which adjusts the output of the welder. The unit also provides 2,300 watts of 115V DC power, which can power lights and many handtools and appliances, and also charges batteries.
Having your own welder along is far better than spending the night broken down in a freezing mud pit. We've done both and prefer the luxury and convenience of firing up the Premier for providing light, heat, battery charging, and melted metal. It just doesn't get any handier than this.
|PREMIER POWER WELDER REPLACEMENT ALTERNATOR AND CONTROL UNIT|
|Power||12V at 160 amps, variable to the job|
|Duty Cycle||Depends on welding amount; about|
|3 hours before recharging vehicle battery|
|Thickness||Sheet steel to 1/4-inch plate|
|Weight||Next to nothing, as alternator|
|is a tad heavier than stock and|
|control unit is only a few pounds|
|Dimensions||Wherever you can fit|
|the control unit|
•Full-featured welder that mounts on your vehicle for any use
•High-frequency method produces quality welds for the novice
•110V DC power available for many handtools and lights
•Can weld aluminum, stainless steel, cast steel
•Can be fitted to MIG and TIG units
•Must mount to vehicle and drive to welding site; not portable off vehicle
•Vehicle engine must be running
•Not the cheapest of the bunch
•Expensive and unique alternator
•Battery is not charged while welding, so you need to stop and recharge the battery every three hours when welding a large repair