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Portable Welder Shootout: Ready Welder

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

The Ready Welder is portable MIG welder that uses 12V automotive batteries as a source of power. The compact welder is small enough to store just about anywhere in a vehicle and is easy to use, making it a great choice for emergency repairs on the trail.

The Ready Welder is so compact it makes it a great choice to carry on trail runs, especially in smaller rigs like Jeeps. The MIG welder is versatile and can weld 22-gauge to 3/4-inch-thick steel, stainless steel, and aluminum.

We've carried a Ready Welder around for a while and have had it packed under a front seat, bungee-corded to a fenderwell, and stuffed into an Action Packer. The versatility of the MIG gun also makes it a great welder for home and shop because it can be powered by AC current and used as a spool gun when connected to a welding machine. We found the Ready Welder to be a dependable trail welder in remote locations.

Price $599-$739
Output (amps) 45-350, dependant
on battery or AC setup
Power Battery or AC welding
machine operation
Wire size (in) 0.023-0.045
Features Gas-ready; uses solid-core or flux-core
wire; uses common tips and nozzles

•Very lightweight and portable
•Easy to operate
•Welds steel, stainless steel, aluminum, and weldable alloy metals

•Batteries can die on large repairs
•Flux-core wire has a tendency to splatter
•No heat control
•Plastic gun seems cheesy

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Ready Welder
Wilmington, CA 90744

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