gas conversion kit for Hobart 150
I'm definitely a novice when it comes to welding.
I'm looking to purchase my first welder and need some advice.
I do know from lots of internet reading that
1) buy a quality welder
2) buy a 220 welder if you plan on doing any sort of welding of thicker metal.
I am going to look at a used Hobart 150 welder that is for sale locally.
I'm hoping it fits the bill for both quality and power.
unfortunately it doesn't have the gas conversion kit for MIG welding.
Are these conversion kits expensive?
And would I need one that is specific to Hobart welders ,or are they generic?
Those kits to convert a flux core welder into a MIG are usually sold as model specific but you can pretty much use any of them on about any machine. If the welding lead and gun has provisions for gas all you need is a gas solenoid, hoses and regulator (or flow meter), plus a tank of course.
I would ask on the Hobart site if those older 150's had the gun and solenoid,,etc in it already,if not,buying all those will probably cost you more in the long run than buying a brand new Hobart 187,Miller 180 or Lincoln 180.
For a price reference the Lincoln and Hobart goes for around 600.00,and the Miller around 800.00,you just have to purchase a gas bottle at you're local weld supply.
I got real lucky and got my Lincoln 180 for 500.00 shipped to my from an authorised Lincoln dealer from Cali on ebay
Before I buy a machine I would check prices from welders direct as at this time new machines are going for dealers cost or close to it..
the Lincoln 180 is 655.00,can get them for that price or lower when on sale(last time it was 623.00) at home depot or lowes.
They have the Hobart handler 187 there for a whopping 799.00,might as well go with a higher grade Miller 180 for that much..last i seen at tractor supply they have the Hobart Handler 187 for 599.99.
I tend to shop around and find the best deals on things like this,unless i'm in a bind and need it NOW.
The best place i've found to buy machines like that is eBay,so many competitors on there that are even authorised dealers,they have to be very competitive,just to have the look to see if there is any shipping charges and hidden handling charges, how much that is adds on to you're buying price,some will GOUGE you on it to make up for the cheap price.
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