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Check out the Ready Welder. I use one on my service truck. It's a 24v DC Mig spool gun. Power is from two deep cycle batteries, or three for more heat. Uses shielded wire or plain wire with a co2 bottle. Can do SS or AL with proper wire and gas mix. Gun and cables fit into a briefcase. Welding time varies with battery condition. Took a couple days to weld up a frame for the dump bed on a pickup truck, discharging and recharging batteries. Fixing brackets and other small projects can be done right away.
I took a welding class at our local Community College.
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My dodge alternator is pretty small, less than the size of a six pack of beer.150 amp alternators are not much bigger. Nice to be able to fabricate anything I need, out of scrap stainless, anywhwere , on board, while at anchor.

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xymotic You could find a night school. Lots of times they have 6-12 week classes from say 6:00pm -9:00pm two or three nights a week. Kind of lose instruction with lots of home projects going on. You will get to use a few different welders can't beat that.
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I've actually looked, completely without success in Seattle and Tacoma.
The only classes I've found were full on 20 week courses like 3 days a week so you can end up being a pipe-fitter. Way overkill for what I need.
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Check out the Ready Welder. I use one on my service truck. It's a 24v DC Mig spool gun. Power is from two deep cycle batteries, or three for more heat. Uses shielded wire or plain wire with a co2 bottle. Can do SS or AL with proper wire and gas mix. Gun and cables fit into a briefcase. Welding time varies with battery condition. Took a couple days to weld up a frame for the dump bed on a pickup truck, discharging and recharging batteries. Fixing brackets and other small projects can be done right away.
I took a welding class at our local Community College.
Best wishes however you go.
I've been looking at them for a while. I'm thinking it would be a lot more useful just as a spool gun powered by a regular welder. I've welded with batteries before... Just not to thrilled with the whole concept I guess. I think it'd be cool if I just wanted to repair stuff on the boat. But I actually need to fabricate some stuff at home first.

When you say you use it on your service truck, are you giving it commercial everyday kind of use?
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