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Ratdoggy 10-27-2009 08:16 AM

Entry level stick welder?
I want to get a stick welder and am interested in the Lincoln 225. Is this a pretty good starting point? I'm new to stick welding , have had a mig (110v) for years and want to move up a level.
Thanks Mike

oldred 10-27-2009 09:38 AM

There have been more people start out on those Lincolns than anything else and you simply can't go wrong with one! However when you buy it spend the extra money for the AC/DC version because it is infinitely more useful and an AC only machine is quite often a PITA to use besides being somewhat limited in it's abilities.

Ratdoggy 10-27-2009 11:36 AM

I will get that one then. I saw the regular one at Lowes. Figured I'd ask before the purchase.

oldred 10-27-2009 12:42 PM

Try it on both AC and DC and you will see why the DC version is more useful, especially with low hydrogen rods like a 7018.

Ratdoggy 10-27-2009 08:09 PM

Any thoughts on which AC/DC machine; Lincoln 225 or Hobart Stickmate LX235?

oldschoolrods 10-27-2009 08:25 PM

There's a saying, everybody's got a Tombstone :D

Hard to go wrong with the AC/DC Lincoln, about as simple as it gets inside, the only thing simpler is the AC only version.

Either one would be fine, personally - I'd take the Lincoln

oldred 10-27-2009 08:46 PM

Definitely the Lincoln.

matt167 10-27-2009 09:13 PM

definitely Lincoln.. my grandfather has an A/C 225 that is better than 30 years old and it's still going strong.. welds really good too.

Ratdoggy 10-28-2009 07:39 AM

Just ordered the Lincoln from Home Depot online. Free shipping
Thanks for the advice!!! :)

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