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i'm not going to say you can't use flux core wire & it be good to go, but solid wire & shielding gas makes a prettier weld & less clean up. if i was welding outside i would use flux core wire, but inside i would use the other.

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i had a lincoln 140c & it was a good welder. it worked great for sheet metal. the 140c is pretty much the same welder that you bought, but it has continuous heat control were your is tapped. IMO, tapped heat control would be better for someone just starting out.

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thanks for the info nitroman i greatly appreciate it.. i plan to pick up this welder because i can use it for flux core when im outside and hopefully later in the future when theres more room in the garage i can push the stang in there to complete some of the other stuff using the mig set up..... i plan on purchasing the tank bottles as well to keep around because i do want to learn to mig as well for future projects!
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The Lincoln branded stuff you get from the Home improvement stores are made with a lot of plastic parts and such. They are made specifically for these types of stores and they have to be get the prices down to what the home improvements stores mandate. That's OK though because you won't be putting through the paces a industrial application would anyway. Make sure you call and make sure you can get parts for the machine you are considering buying. Nothing sucks worse than a small part going bad south you have to buy another machine because the part's are unavailable or non existent.

I Bought the Lincoln Weld Pak 5000 many years which was bought from Home Depot. I bought it from ebay where the seller was buying a bunch of these on his discount he got from being a new Contractor. I needed to add the gas solenoid and reversed the polarity for MIG welding kit from Home Depot Special Order. I had to wait quite sometime before getting it from Home Depot because they stopped carrying that model and my local Lincoln wouldn't sell it either because it was a Home Depot Special. Finally after couple weeks of waiting for Home Depot to find another kit I discovered the weld Pak kit I bought is really just a crappy version of the SP-175 sold exclusively for Home Depot. With this info I went to my Lincoln Store and bought all the SP-175 replacement part's for major components to make sure I would have have them when needed. Now, after replacing everything plastic, I have a welder that works a lot better then it did and I have had no problems in several years. The moral? Make sure part's for that can be had so you don't have to just throw it away.
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Hey Stangman, I bought the very same welder 3 years ago and could only arc weld, my buddy who is a good welder gave me some tips here and there and it has really been a great welder for what ever I do from floor pans to crossmembers. If I weld outside I really need to shield it from the wind or else switch to flux core wire. Nothing compares to gas though for a nice weld. I'm sure you will pick it up fast.
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