TOP 5 Engine Driven Welder Generators

By Amelia Darwine •  Updated: 05/10/22 •  1 min read
TOP 5 Engine Driven Welder Generators

Engine-driven welder/generators are machines that provide generator power and stick welding capability. They’re cost-effective, making them a great machine for farm and ranch operations that can be mounted on the back of a trailer or wheeled around for extra portability. More expensive models also have the option to be used for MIG/TIG welding with additional equipment.

This guide compares the best welder/generators on the market at a range of different sizes, prices and specifications.

1. Hobart Champion Elite Welder/Generator

Champion Elite 225 Welder/Generator

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ (5 / 5)
as of August 11, 2023 9:14 pm

The Hobart Champion Elite Welder/Generator runs at a maximum of 9500 watts of continuous power, slightly less than the Miller Bobcat 250, and it runs 25 amps less DC power. However, Hobart matches it with a 100% duty cycle running full noise and includes the same three-year warranty on it because of its high quality parts.
What we don’t like about this machine is that it can be used for welding, but it’s not designed for that purpose as well as Miller’s Bobcat 250. It’s also heavy and doesn’t include the welding leads.

  • Medium price
  • 11,000 watts of peak power
  • 9500 watts of continuous AC power
  • 100% duty cycle at 225 amps
  • Dimensions: 5” x 23.5” x 32.9”
  • Three-year warranty
  • Welding amperage: 40 to 225 DC
  • Horsepower: 23
  • Fuel capacity: 12 gallons
  • Does not include welding leads
  • Weight: 493 pounds

2. Lincoln Engine-Driven Welding Machine (Bulldog 5500)

Engine Driven Welder, Bulldog 5500

⭐⭐⭐⭐ (4.8 / 5)
as of August 11, 2023 9:14 pm

Lincoln’s Bulldog 5500. It’s in a similar price range to Hobart’s Champion 145, but it only runs with 4000 watts of continuous AC power, and maxes 8.9 horsepower with a tiny 1.9-gallon gasoline tank.

It offers a duty cycle that is less than other welder generators and does not include more accessories. It’s also slightly lighter and has a heavy-duty roll cage that we like, similar to Hobart’s Champion 145. For what it offers while claiming to be a 5500-watt generator, it deserves to stay in our 5th place spot. It’s better than other available generators but not our top pick.

  • Low to medium price
  • Three-year warranty
  • Dimensions: 6” x 21.8” x 31.5”
  • Weight: 198 pounds
  • Can attach MIG welder
  • Does not include welding leads
  • Fuel capacity: 1.9 gallons
  • Horsepower: 8.9
  • 5500 watts of peak power
  • 4000 watts of continuous AC power
  • Welding amperage: 70 to 140 DC
  • 30% duty cycle @ 125 amps

3.Tomahawk TWG210A

TOMAHAWK 15 HP Engine Driven Portable 2,000 Watt Generator with 210 Amp Stick and TIG Welder with Kit

⭐⭐⭐⭐ (4.7/ 5)
as of August 11, 2023 9:14 pm

If you’re looking for a quality small welder generator, then the Tomahawk TWG210A is the one for you. This generator is powered by a 15-horsepower Tomahawk Power engine that supplies up to 2,000 watts. It's also an inverter generator, which means it provides much steadier sine waves and more consistent output to your welding electrode.

The amperage dial on this welder generator is much larger than what you’ll find on most other welder generators. That gives you fine control over how much current you’re drawing for any welding project. Even better, the welder generator comes with stick leads and TIG torch, and you can also run MMA welding tools off of this unit.

  • Very small and portable
  • Large amperage dial for fine-tuning
  • Supports stick, TIG, and MMA welding
  • Inverter power leads to more consistent output
  • Electric start and built-in hour meter
  • Somewhat expensive for the power output
  • Limited total wattage
  • Only 60% duty cycle

4. Multiquip GAW180HEA

Multiquip GAW180HEA Gasoline Powered Welder/Generator with Honda Motor, 3000 WATT, 50-180 Amps

⭐⭐⭐⭐ (4.6/ 5)
as of August 11, 2023 9:14 pm

The GAW180HEA is a very powerful gasoline generator with a peak watts of 3,000. It features the popular commercial grade 4 stroke Honda GX-340 engine that has 10.7 horsepower and has a 3.7-gallon fuel tank that uses gasoline.

It has a dual starting mechanism: automatic electric start and recoil start with the rope built-in. The generator is a traditional type with an open-frame structure. It measures 246 lbs weight. Transport may be an issue with this weight as the generator has no portability feature. It doesn’t feature any wheel nor a carry handle, so you will have to carry it into your vehicle or straight to your construction site by two people.
It features a permanent magnet alternator and features found in large welders. The engine is air-cooled and it can support welding processes such as SMAW, FCAW, GTAW, and ACAC.

This generator features inverter technology that makes it suitable to contractors. The inverter technology improves the control of sine waves, resulting in a clean alternating current and direct current output. You can use this generator in farmhouses, construction sites, remote areas, and other welding uses.

  • Includes arc force control
  • Ideal for jobs sites
  • Powerful Honda engine
  • 10.7 horsepower engine
  • Built-in inverter technology
  • Heavy generator with no portability features

5. Miller Engine Driven Welder, Gas, 13 HP

Engine Driven Welder, Gas, 13 HP

⭐⭐⭐⭐ (4.5/ 5)
as of August 11, 2023 9:14 pm

Miller, a well-known brand for welding machines that has been trusted for years. It comes with an electrical ignition and an auxiliary power of 6,200 Watts.

It weighs 296lbs, and it is made with a 20% duty cycle with an amperage range of 60-195. It is about 6.25 gallons.

  • Comes with an electric start function
  • It is easy to lift
  • Performs more function than its size
  • It power are limited especially for professionals
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Amelia Darwine

Hey! I'm the founder of Welding Needs®, I decided to set up this website to help you make better decisions about how to weld, what equipment to use, and to provide useful information about choosing a career in welding.

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