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Old 11-26-2010, 01:19 PM
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The quality of the wire used plays a HUGE factor in the quality of the weldment


It certainly does and often someone will be looking for a problem with his welder when the problem is on the spool! The wire does not have to start out as bad quality either, quite often someone will buy good wire and then leave it subjected to open conditions where it will accumulate dirt, rust and all kinds of shop junk which can interfere with the feed rate due to the wire sticking and the weld quality because of contamination. I think one of the most common problems is grinding dust, since welding and grinding go "hand-in-hand" it is not unusual for someone to grind his work without regard to where the grinding sparks/dust are going. Those "sparks" are not just sparks but actually tiny molten bits of metal that will instantly weld themselves to welding wire (and window glass! ) causing rough spots that will snag the wire and cause feeding problems. Once a roll of wire has been exposed to grinding sparks it is usually toast and about the only practical thing to do is toss it and get some clean wire! I have seen many times someone cursing their welder because of the frustration of trying to get it to feed when the real problem was they had ruined their wire by grinding or letting it rust, it takes very little of either to cause major problems.

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Old 11-26-2010, 04:46 PM
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i have the miller 211 with mvp http://www.millerwelds.com/products/...c_211_autoset/
i only use the auto-set when im going to weld somthing very small and dont want to think
just grab it, set it, and blam ,done.
as a rule though, if its a big job its always better to set it up yourself
the reason i got the 211 is it goes both 220 v or 110 v
it will weld like a big machine, yet is still portable
at home i run the 220 v but i have taken it to a friends to do his exhaust and just used the 110 v
i love that thing
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Old 11-27-2010, 02:10 AM
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I have a lincon sp135 plus which is a 110v model. I like red so I went with lincon. I like to weld thin metal and only needed a 110 volt. But the main reason I went with lincon........................ [B]I LOVE THE COLOR RED !!!!!![/B] It has never given any trouble, and I have had it for about 8 yrs.
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I have a lincon sp135 plus which is a 110v model. I like red so I went with lincon. I like to weld thin metal and only needed a 110 volt. But the main reason I went with lincon........................ [B]I LOVE THE COLOR RED !!!!!![/B] It has never given any trouble, and I have had it for about 8 yrs.
if you ever try to sell anything to this guy, just paint it red and he will be a sure buyer, lmao
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I am repainting the Brooklyn Bridge red as we speak.....
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2003 bought a Matco 110v 140 amp wire feed actually made in USA I've had no problems have welded 18 ga to 1/2 plate but had to play with the settings to get it to work like i want it it's painted red too
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Just an update.....after looking at Miller, Lincoln, Hobart and a couple of others, reading a million articles along with researching the site at www.weldingtipsandtricks.com I've decided on the Miller 211, I can get it at my local Airgas for $984 and these guys were really helpful in walking me through the different units....both Miller and Lincoln.

I like the dual voltage idea and the fact that it is relatively small enough @ 75 lbs. that I can haul it to a buddies house and plug into his 110v if needed for small jobs. It's about $150 more than the Miller 180 but I really think it will be well worth it in the long run as I plan to have this machine "till death do us part". Thanks again for all the info and replies.......Dave
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I think you made a good choice going with the miller. I bought a hobart 140 about a year ago, I am happy with it but if I used a welder at home more than I do I would have bought a Miller. Let us know how the machine performs. We have a millermatic passport at work. It is nice for the portability of it but I don't think it was worth the extra money over the 140 amp.

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That 411 is a nice welder, if I was a smarter first time buyer I would have one 411 instead of a 135 & 180. Great machines the 411...
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Hey Pepi...thanks but whats a 411?.....I didn't see that one
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fat fingered the keyboard, just subtract 200 from 411 and you have it..oops
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fat fingered the keyboard, just subtract 200 from 411 and you have it..oops
that must be like a circus freak finger if you accidentally hit the 4 while trying to hit the 2. lmao

(sorry if your finger is really that big, no disrespect)
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Old 12-08-2010, 09:30 AM
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that must be like a circus freak finger if you accidentally hit the 4 while trying to hit the 2. lmao

(sorry if your finger is really that big, no disrespect)

Yeah........ man hands

none taken skin not thin..
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estwood welder

I agree. I purchased an eastwood welder and returned it. It was completely unserviceable. The door fell off as i took it out of the box. It looked as if it was never assembled properly. There was plastic casing inside that didn't match up where it was supposed to and the front face was not fully attached. It was not dropped in transit as the box did not have a scratch and was basically bomb proof. It was packed in the box obviously broken. Eastwood recieved the $400 kit with cart and mask on november 23rd and have still only returned me $47 for the cart. Several calls and e-mails later they keep assuring me I will be refunded the rest. So here it is Dec 9th and they hung up on me. Very shady company in my opinion. Next stop ... pennsylvania attorney generals office. What a rip off!
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