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Portable Welder Shootout: Ready Welder

Posted in How To on April 1, 2011 Comment (0)
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Portable Welder Shootout: Ready Welder
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.

SPECS
READY WELDER
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

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

Cons
•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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Sources

Ready Welder
Wilmington, CA 90744
310-834-3321
http://www.readywelder.com

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