Hello All, I enjoy the group very much look forward to seeing the new posts everyday.
I'm looking for information on the small engine driven welders. I've looked at the Lincoln AC and DC along with the Miller145 and Honda welders. I'm not sure what to get because I'll be using it mosty for a small gererator but want the welder also because sometimes there is the small job you can't get a plug in welder to.
Having purchased an engine driven welder some years ago, I'll drop the following advice on you, considering your uses/needs/etc.
Buy a small (but not too small) generator.
Buy a welder that said generator can run, unless you already have a non-gigantic plug in welder, in which case buy a generator that can run the welder you have.
If you buy both used, you'll be better off yet.
As two parts, the welder and generator are easier to move than one hulking welder-generator. They are also often cheaper than an engine driven welder. They won't give you the 100% duty cycle that an engine driven welder offers, but your needs are clearly NOT in that direction. (Mine are not either, as it turns out...got swept up in potential that has little to do with what I need to do, usually.)
Depending what you want to do, a generator for power and 3-6 6V golf cart batteries plus a Readywelder might do the job better, though it does depend on the job you want to do. If you keep a cutting torch around, learning to gas weld offers another portable welding solution.