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Old 04-07-2009, 09:09 PM
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Century dual feed welder

I'm thinking about buying a Century dual feed welder. Do you think this would be an improvement over my HF flux core welder or should I save my money?

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I have a 160 amp Century MIG welder and it is a good machine. I bought it in 89, have run it way hard for days doing production welding when I had those types of jobs, , I have exceeded it's 60% duty cycle, many times, just doing long welds....... no doubt about that, but it always comes back on in less than a minute..I know it never cut out before 8 or 10 minutes of pretty straight welding at full bore. (my little lincoln sp 100 is good for about 5 minutes at the highest settings)

In the 20 years I've owned it I had to replace the cooling fan, and the main circuit board which had developed a break somewhere..., both parts were available from Lincoln, (they own Century now), and showed up in just a few days when I ordered them from my local welding supply.

I'm not sure exactly what a dual feed is, but I can run aluminum or steel wire, it had the right rollers in it's parts kit... all I would need is the large liner for .045 Al...The leads are easily reversable so I can run flux core ...if I ever wanted to....

I bought it new, and one of the reasons I bought it was less expensive than the equivilent miller or lincoln, and it was still made in the US...

I would say it is an alright welder, based on my experiences.

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I like hf stuff but a 12v battery and jumper cables will weld better than their welders. Mikes right about centuries,but also concider a good used one like a miller 250 or lincoln
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Old 05-05-2009, 02:46 PM
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The century stuff is a decent machine for home use. Many parts are still available through Lincoln for them.
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i also have a century 160 wire feed welder in my garage. it works pretty good for the most part .if you do weld in a garage out of the wind it works good with gas.but if you weld any outside you can use flux wire with good results. i have welded stainless with it and alluminum also .for the price i paid for it its done alot of welding. ive welded up to 1/4 inch steel with it.eventully id like to get a big lincoln portable with a spool gun for alluminum . its digital and has a lot of settings .but it costs about 7 grand.next year ill get one.if your welding thicker than 1/4 inch steel youd better have a big welder that puts out some voltage. i weld in a big shop for a living and we use big miller industrial welders with remote wire feeders .they are basicaly big arc welding machines with a separate wire feeder .i can weld up to 45 volts dc with one .it all depends on what type of welding your planing on doing.
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any of you old timers remember SOLAR ? I've got a mig that takes four guys to lift,its very old and I use it every day,hows it possible that this thing still works,and works so well?
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solar isn't that old.....worked on quite a few pretty decent machines.
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olds kool,when did they start making them ?this machine has stitch and spot capibilities,I've only seen them on thirty year old machines,I think its a 225 model 220v
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I posted this in a thread about Help me pick a welder, so I figured that since it was such a good deal and you are asking for opinions on welders I would post it here also.

About six weeks ago (actually ten weeks now) I bought the Hobart 500304 Ironman 210 Single Phase Mig Welding Package 220 volt 210 amp mig welder. It is pre wired for the spool gun and their spool gun is a cheaper price then anything else I have seen. It arrived at the local yellow freight about a week and a half later and I picked it up. All I can say is that I absolutely love this welder! The total cost was only 1101.38$. It came with everything except tank and helmet. I looked at used welders and the various discount tool welders and I kept coming back to this one. I looked at Miller and Lincoln also but they were in a higher price range. When I checked with the two local Hobart dealers they both told me that they couldn't buy the same welder as cheap as I could so they didn't even try to compete with the price. I bought it from a company called toolfetch.com They were running a 5% discount but it looks like they have discontinued it but they still have free shipping. I got the 5% discount plus free shipping so maybe you can call and still get the discount. It is probably more than you want to spend but check out this warranty:
"Hobart's 5/3/1 warranty - five year warranty on transformers, stabilizers and generators; three years on electronics (drive motors, rectifiers); and one year on guns (MIG and plasma torches)."
That is why I went ahead and got a new one. I have been welding for more than thirty years and this one is a good one. The last mig that I had was a Millermatic 200. I liked it also but I lost it in divorce. In 1989 I paid close to 1500.00 for it so I was well pleased to find this one at such a good price. This welder will do anything that the average hotrodder would need to do. When you go to the site be sure and look at the reviews, mine is under the name doodle.

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olds kool,when did they start making them ?this machine has stitch and spot capibilities,I've only seen them on thirty year old machines,I think its a 225 model 220v
Not real sure when they started making them....I believe the ones i've done were in the 80's or early 90s vintage. A lot of them do have the spot function. They weld pretty nice too. The spot function is still around on other manufacturers it's just usually an optional piece.

The hobart machine is a great choice also. The small ones are of the same parent company as miller NOT owned by miller though, but when you open a small hobart it has a lot of miller part numbers on it. Bigger hobarts are supported by thermadyne now.
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for 1,100 bucks it sounds like a great deal and if a 30 yr vet loves it,sounds like good advice to concider.
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