hello everyone, i'm new here and a new owner of a new ridgid 6800 watt generator i bought from home depot. So my problem is that the gfci breaker trips easily when running a 115/120 volt welder. Now i own a miller maxstar 150 stick/tig welder and a miller autoset 140 mig welder. My main reason for purchasing is because both these welders trip my 15 amp house breaker, both welders have a regular outlet you can plug in at home with. Both welders run off my home outlet, for some time probably about 20 seconds before the 15 amp house breaker trips. The miller autoset 140 mig can plug directly into the ridgid 6800 watt generator not problems, i can weld with it for minutes with out a problem, now the maxstar 150 stl on the other hand once plugged in immediately trips the breaker with out use, the machine is just on not welding. I talked to a miller rep today, he said the welder is fine and needs a 20 amp breaker, and said the reason it's tripping is because it's a gfci breaker even though it's rated at 20 amps it still trips it. so i'm curious if i can change the breakers? or if this is the end of the road for me running my maxstar 150 off this generator. it's weird to me because the mig welder can run off the generator fine but the stick tig welder, which weighs about 13 pounds compared to the mig 150lbs + cannot. I know the welders weight doesn't have much to do with it, the point i'm trying to make is the maxstar 150 is a newer more advanced machine thus weight less and being more efficient etc. any help would be nice, especially if anyone has had this happen to them or does currently operate a welder off this generator. thanks again.
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Problem Running Welder off Ridgid 6800 watt