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BigMac 02-29-2004 05:45 PM

Buying a new welder
 
I am going to buy a new welder.
Everyone talks about Lincoln being the best and I am sure it is.
I am looking for a welder that uses 110v.
What would be the best bet for the money. Lincoln(what model) or any other brand.
Also where would you buy it?
Is a refurb welder any good?
Thanks for the help.

302 Z28 02-29-2004 09:53 PM

Personally I prefer Miller, they have several 110v model mig welders.

Vince

crazy larry 02-29-2004 11:57 PM

have you got a Tractor Supply Co. close by? they have a sale on Hobarts every now and then.

BigMac 03-01-2004 07:16 AM

Crazy Larry,
What is the wettest dry county in Texas?

BoomerADF 03-01-2004 07:48 AM

I am in the same place, but I would go with a 230v if you can. Around here a Hobart 175 is around $609 and a Millermatic 210 is about $1300. But then again if this is for smaller stuff and clean metal the 110v should work.

BigMac 03-01-2004 12:57 PM

Small stuff around the shop. Just for my use. I think the 110 will work fine. I have looked at the Hobart and it looks pretty nice. The Miller would be great but I think they are more than I want to spend right now.

Sweat53 03-02-2004 09:28 PM

I bought a Campbell Hausfeld 80 amp wire/mig welder for $249.00 and it has turned out to be a real work horse. Surprised me as I didn't think it would hold up that well. 4 amp range settings and variable control over the wire feed. I've burned up about 3 dozen rolls of wire welding just about everything and haven't had to replace any parts yet. For lightweight general use it seems to be a pretty good buy. Found it at a Wal-Mart and thought for the price it was worth a try. It will kick off if you really push it hard and it gets too hot. Turns back on when it cools down. Even has the gas regulator and hoses for the argon bottle. Have to find your own bottle though.

I have a 220v Lincoln stick welder that doesn't get much use after I picked up the wire feed. Love that machine!

FASTCHEVY 03-02-2004 09:34 PM

Hobart is the best. Lincoln makes some of the worst MIG welders.
Don't buy anything made in China!

Kevin45 03-03-2004 01:14 AM

I think Lincoln is a pretty good welder. I have a 135 and for around the house and automotive use is just great. Just make sure you get a gas welder. I think I paid a little over $500 at Lowes.

Kevin

Huskinhano 03-03-2004 06:02 AM

This is the MIG I have http://www.htpweld.com/product_page/...s/mig_140.html I'm extremely pleased with it. The best piece of equipment I ever bought!

I did a lot of research on all MIGs before I bought this one. I thought it was the best bang for the buck. Compare duty cycles to otheres! Mine has been absulety flawless and very well made!

As an electrician by trade, I fully understand that the 135 pounds is largely due to a better transformer! HTP uses copper windings and a lot of iron. A lot of others are using aluminum wire in their windings and less irion in their transformer cores.

This is the MIG I have http://www.htpweld.com/product_page/...s/mig_140.html I'm extremely pleased with it. The best piece of equipment I ever bought!

I did a lot of research on all MIGs before I bought this one. I thought it was the best bang for the buck. Compare duty cycles to otheres! Mine has been absulety flawless and very well made!

As an electrician by trade, I fully understand that the 135 pounds is largely due to a better transformer! HTP uses copper windings and a lot of iron. A lot of others are using aluminum wire in their windings and less irion in their transformer cores.

This is the MIG I have http://www.htpweld.com/product_page/...s/mig_140.html I'm extremely pleased with it. The best piece of equipment I ever bought!

I did a lot of research on all MIGs before I bought this one. I thought it was the best bang for the buck. Compare duty cycles to otheres! Mine has been absulety flawless and very well made!

As an electrician by trade, I fully understand that the 135 pounds is largely due to a better transformer! HTP uses copper windings and a lot of iron. A lot of others are using aluminum wire in their windings and less irion in their transformer cores.

diablos_50 03-03-2004 10:14 PM

go to northerntools.com. i just got a hobart 135 there and it was shipped free and had a free cart. they also have EZ pay that lets you pay over 6 months, which rocks.

tundrafiend01 03-04-2004 11:31 AM

hey diablo, I've been thinking about making the same purchase. Have you used the welder yet? If so, what were your thoughts. I'm a newbie at welding and wanted to know if this is a fairly decent unit. Thanks,
Garrett

crazy larry 03-04-2004 10:02 PM

Quote:

Originally posted by BigMac
Crazy Larry,
What is the wettest dry county in Texas?

i live in Houston County. we had a city councilman arrested for bootlegging recently :rolleyes:......

FREE NATE!!!

cheezbay 03-04-2004 11:14 PM

I have a Hobart 135 too. I just love it. It works great for everything I do around my garage. I also have an off brand stick, but I haven't used it yet. I still have to get the right 220 plug so I can plug it in.

diablos_50 03-05-2004 08:26 AM

yeah i really like the 135 it rocks. i mostly do body work, but i do suspension work sometimes too (notching the frame, etc.) it handles it all with no problem.


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