View Full Version : OT: Best price/place for SOOW 6/4 power extension cord?
12-20-2007, 07:04 AM
The best place I have found for 6/4 SOOW extension cord wire, is 275$ / 100ft. + shipping. Anybody have any other ideas? that is without any ends. I am renting for a while, and am in a less then ideal welding envirornment/location now, power wise.
I wish to get a spider box, like that used on construction sites, and I can get one used for about $175 with a 50 amp twistlock in and out, and 6 20 amp breakers / GFI outlets in it. I would probably do 75' cord out to the spider box, then 25 ft out to the welder from there. My work space is about 50-75' from the panel right now, depending on the size and type of project. One reson for this method, is that I can take all investment material with me eaisly when I move, and it can probably be put to use when we purchase a house and build our pole shop. I can't find any used 6/4 temp power cords out here, seems they all get stolen or tore up, and the recyclers melt em down right away. housing market is still strong, and they're just aren't any used cords in the area.
Thanks folks! Brian Lee Sparkeee29
12-20-2007, 08:57 AM
I just did a quick Google search for "6/3 SOOW" and came up with this one.
Call your local Graybar or Anixter. They might be able to save on the shipping cost.
12-20-2007, 09:14 AM
How about something like this? It is rated for 50 amps, but they don't specify the wire gauge.
Do a search for, "welder cord" or "rv cord"
Here is another one. This one says it gets stiff when cold so may not work for you.
12-20-2007, 09:30 AM
call and speak with chris
12-20-2007, 10:02 AM
6/4 SOOW wholesale is $1.94/ft. so yes retail is around $275 per 100'
12-20-2007, 11:46 AM
If you know you'll have a use for the copper and the spider box downstream, fine. But, a cheaper temporary solution might be just to grab some #4 SE aluminum and a cheapo main lug panel and just run your temporary stuff on the ground "fernow". You could add your own breakers in the panel and wire it out as needed.
The price you got for 6/4 is about what it's going for here, too.
12-20-2007, 12:49 PM
First of all, do you really need 6/2 with ground. Based on NEC's code applicable for welding receptacles, I can not imagine needing to go beyond 8/2 with ground. This is unless you plan on being at the upper range of your welder constantly . . . .
On a 100 foot run @ 50 amp 240vac there is less than a 1/10% difference in voltage drop.
Also, shipping on any SO cord will eat your lunch . . . .:D
Where are you located?
12-20-2007, 01:14 PM
6/2 with ground would be fine if he was only running a welder circuit, but he wants to feed a spider. For that, he needs a neutral for 120V loads, and an equipment ground. Just like a sub-panel to a remote building.
12-20-2007, 03:18 PM
To me extension cords are like clamps,especially the good ones,You can never have enough of them!!!!!!:D:D:D.Jack
12-20-2007, 05:50 PM
Crawler- he wants to feed power 100' to one of these:
12-20-2007, 05:51 PM
For sale on CL here in Los angeles 180.00
12-20-2007, 09:17 PM
they are about 175$ used here, for the box. You can never find the cords in good shape used. I found a local supplier that'd let me use our company account, but pay cash, so I can get the price break. 260$ is 6/4 100ft locally, no shipping fee, no added tax. I just gotta break down and do it. can't do any welding here untill I do. Thanks! Now about those cord caps! They want 62$ for the male, and 81$ for the femal 50 amp california style!!! OMG I thought I saw them for about 35$ ea online. That's quite the price difference between in store and online. thanks for the help guys!
Brian Lee Sparkeee29
12-20-2007, 09:18 PM
I missed a deal, had my head up my rear on a piece of 6/3 cord at HD, clearance 250 ft for 75$, I to this day dont know what made me walk away from it. I had been looking for 6/4 also to run temp power and just plain had my mind on that and let that 3 cond slide, would have made a couple nice welder cords.