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Old 12-03-2007, 01:25 AM   #1
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Welder outlet question

I am installing an outlet for a welder in a new garage. I do not have the welder, however anticipate getting one in the future. In looking at the large, 220v outlets, there are so many different configurations. Can someone tell me which one is most common on the newer welders? I want to put the right outlet in. thank you

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Old 12-03-2007, 05:57 AM   #2
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Install a NEMA 6-50R receptacle, fed with 6/2 NM, on a two-pole 50 amp breaker.
This is by far the most common welder receptacle.

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Answers based on the 2008 & 2011 NEC.
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Old 12-03-2007, 09:57 AM   #3
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Do you have the specs for the new welder. Voltage, Amps? Does it come with cord and plug already installed? I would find out these things before installing anything.
You could bypass the receptacle alltogether by hardwiring it.
Speedy's is the norm. But you might want to be certain what you are getting before you install anything. If your going to do it now,
use the deepest box you can find. You will be glad you did.
Also, you can buy what they call a twist lock receptacle. You will need a twist lock plug.
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Old 12-03-2007, 10:40 AM   #4
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thanks guys. i appreciate the help
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Old 12-03-2007, 03:30 PM   #5
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Why guess about it. Run the wire and wait until you get the welder to install the receptacle.
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