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Old 08-04-2014, 12:15 PM   #1
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Bought a 170 amp mig welder. It came with a #12 gauge cord with a nema 6-50P plug end. I ran a new 50 amp two pole breaker and (2) #6 THHN wires and a #10 GND into a 4 11/16" box and installed a raised cover with a nema 6-50r receptacle off of garage 60 amp sub panel. The cord on the welder is only 6.5' long and I would like to make up an extension cord so I can use it outside in the driveway. The instructions say that you can replace the cord and plug with a different set up. It recommends using #10 wire up to 75'. I found a nema 6-50p male plug end but there doesn't seem to be any nema 6-50r type female plug end for mounting on a cord. I only looked at the Depot and Lowes so my next stop is the electrical supply house. I would like to extend it about 25'. What is the best option?
1. Make up my own #10 SOW cord with male and female nema 6-50 ends.
2. Replace the existing cord on the welder with a longer #10 cord with the nema 6-50p male plug end.
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Old 08-04-2014, 12:19 PM   #2
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I would go for the extension cord option. I extended the ground, stinger, and power cord on my MIG welder years ago and quickly switched back. Much more difficult to move/store that way. Easier with shorter cords and an extension when needed. Big thick cables don't transport/store/roll up easily.
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An Arrow Hart 6709N is a NEMA 6-50 female cord end. It looks like a giant version of a normal 120 volt female cord end.

The male version is a 5710N.

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Good point about the cord storage I'll make up an extension cord.
Thanks for the model #'s Rob
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Use a 4" square metal box with a raised cover and a 6-50 R recessed receptacle. Use 10-3 SO(J) cord not cable for the extension cord.

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