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Old 04-19-2004, 03:18 PM
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Cheapest Possible MIG Setup

I am looking for the best deal on a mig welder anyone knows of. I am searching on my own i am going to check ebay, HF, and Northern. If anyone knows a better place to look or a hidden place within the three mentioned i can look please let me know i also need the bottle (cheaper the better even if it is small)

here is option numero Uno

http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/cta...emnumber=55075

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Hey 70 Chevy,
I can't believe no one replied to you as I know there are quit a few with welding experience out there.
This is not my expertise but I do know that 15% duty cycle will drive you to drinking!
Also look how high amps are to get that 15%!!(sign of a crap unit)
This looks like one of those silver beauty,Becca made welders.
You won't be happy.
In short you will be welding about 5 seconds and than setting a minute for the welder to catch-up.
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Check out the Lincoln wireless welders. They are pretty good quality for their price. I got mine for $300 canadian dollars on sale. It's the Handy Core 100 and it uses flux cored wire. What applications do you wanna use it for?
This is the one I got http://www.canadiantire.ca/assortmen...rtment=primary

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I'm just teaching myself how to weld again and I just got a Hobart 135 Handler w/hood, gloves and hammer from Northern for $449.00. Its both flux and gas. I've seen other posts and got allot of good feed back about it. So far I'm happy with it. As for the bottles, I don't know how far Greenville is from me but I'm just going to rent a bottle for $38.00 a year and $28.00 for the gas refills. If you buy your bottle your going to have to think about having it hydro tested every three years or so and if the valves are ever updated like the propane bottle valves were its on you also. I'd look around and see about renting one first.

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Old 04-21-2004, 08:36 AM
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yeah i looked into renting a whole setup all they had out our United Rentals were stick welders (not sure of the correct terminolgy there). I already have one and needless to say it flat out wont work on sheetmetal. That is all I am welding is sheetmetal. Shaving drip rails, Shaving door handles, Shaving Cargo Light, bed patch, door patch, cab patch, Filling my Cowl. I think i may have just found a friend with a setup. My mom is checking my last two chances out today before i break down and buy a welder to use for all of this.
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check out weldingdepot.com, they have an excellent selection of welders. I ended up buying a Clarke 130amp mig/flux core welder came with helmet (auto-darkening, argon/co2 bottle (small), cart, gas regulator and a spool of flux core wire). works great, It is not a commercial unit, fairly low duty cycle, but then, I don't use it to make a living either. sheet metal work is easy and not a problem.
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A year or so ago I found that www.brwelder.com was the cheepest anywhere. I bought a Hobart Handler 175 with cart for around $500 and change. They shipped it to my door in two days for free and they had no stupid handling charges like most companies do. Plus no sales tax because they were out of state.

BTW, you definitely want at least 135 amps in the welder you choose. I would consider the Lincoln, Hobart, or Miller 135 series welders. Plus go with MIG and not flux cored, you will be happy you did.

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Be careful what sites charge for shipping. Price looks somewhat good and then you go to check out and wow shipping is that much. Also on some things you just have to look at it before you buy it or a least one from the company that makes it. You may order a cheaper welder from a site and you get it in and it looks like it came out of a cracker jack box. I got a lincoln pro mig 135 gas or flux from lowes for 437.00. It is a 115 volt and works awesome. The welding helmet that comes with it is ratty but you can get a decent hood for 20 bucks or so from a tractor supply.
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