Buying 180a welder. Blue 16a plug or not?

  1. Chill New Member

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    Hi there,

    I'm about to order a r tech MIG 180. It comes with the option of a 13a standard heavy duty plug or a 16a blue plug. I have a separate circuit in the garage for running 16a appliances but it only has standard sized 3 pin plugs.

    Do I get the blue plug and buy a conversion cable to run it in my 16a output?

    Or

    Do I get the 13a plug and run it via my 16a output?
     
  2. Parm

    Parm You can take a horse to water but ....

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    Get the blue plug, and have the matching blue socket installed
     
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  3. duncans

    duncans Member

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    if I was you id get the 16amp socket with the switch on it they are more expensive than the others but a lot more robust I installed the cheap one they around £4.00 but in hindsight, i should have got the switched one in the beginning
     
  4. Nick DV

    Nick DV "You must unlearn what you have learned."

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    Just got a plug and socket from Toolstation for just under £9.00. Yu May need to check your MCBs in your consumer unit :thumbup:
     
  5. Chill New Member

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  6. duncans

    duncans Member

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    the exact place I purchased from but the switched ones are far better, in my opinion, I think the are £25.00 as the cheap ones are a pain in ass disconnecting the damn thing
     
  7. eddie49 Member

    Do you plan to run the welder flat out at 180A all day long? If not, then a normal 13A plug will be fine.
     
  8. hotponyshoes Member

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    If you have got a blue 16a socket in the workshop then get a plug on the welder to match.
    You can then make up an adaptor from a 13a plug to a 16a socket if you want to run it at lower power somewhere else
     
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  9. Nick DV

    Nick DV "You must unlearn what you have learned."

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  10. Nick DV

    Nick DV "You must unlearn what you have learned."

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    I agree, but I'm a tight git! :whistle:
     
  11. willie.macleod

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  12. armalites Member

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    Not that tight given you've just spent £800 on a welder :laughing:
     
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  13. Nick DV

    Nick DV "You must unlearn what you have learned."

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    Only because I had no choice :vsad: Unfortunately I'm now receiving therapy to help me get over the shock of spending that much :(
     
  14. duncans

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    I've been MIG welding 6mm angle iron I do have a 16amp supply but I've been using the 16amp adapter to 13amp plug and it's not blown the 13amp fuse and my mig is the thermal arc 210amp fabricator
     
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  15. duncans

    duncans Member

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    im the same mate shame they couldn't make them cheaper
     
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  16. Pigeon_Droppings2 Forum Supporter

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    Kemppi Evo 200 runs off 13a ....also never blown the fuse. I'd just try it...worst that can happen is fuse blows....just check it does have a proper 13a fuse before you try.
     
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