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Old 12-09-2012, 06:55 AM
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mig+plasma buyer question

as some of you may know.
i will be going to school to learn to weld.
and i will be able to purchase equipment soon.
i am leaning towards a mig that is powerful enough to for instance build frames.
i also want a plasma cutter.
in my city there are tons of pawnshops with welding equipment.
and i have seen plasma/mig combination boxes.
but i am wary of buying something that is like a cheap swiss army knife
supposedly does everything
but doesnt do anything well.
do you guys have any input for me?
the reason i am thinking pawnshops is theres a lot of miller/hobart/lincoln etc.
for thousands less than new.
thank you for your time.

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Old 12-09-2012, 07:09 AM
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I would never buy a dual machine for the reasons you stated.

One machine with one purpose just seems to make sense.
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save up

I try to save up the Social security money to buy good used made in the USA equipment. , I bought an older AC lincoln tombstone welder for $ 75, Used it on the Farm for one summer,Then let my sons use it. Then Found a Lincoln 255 amp Square wave Tig- stick machine good shape with a water colled torch for about 25 % of new cost. , we have aluminum sprinkler-irrigataion piping, and I ocassionally need to fix things. For a wire feed I found an Lincoln SP 200 wire feed. about 30 % of new cost, The Tig and wire feed are each about the size of a washing machine and are very heavy, not easy to roll around with full bottles. It was $ 450 for diesel every time I filled up the tractor last summer. And there are still repairs that need to be done on the farm machinery. I like older heavy machines that will let me weld at 100 % duty cycle, on machinery. I bought a demo ESAB plasma, only 20 % discount but soon found out I needed a good air dryer for the shop air supply. a little bit of moisture and $ 100 in damage in 2 secounds to the cutting head.
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Just keep your eyes open for good used machines as we have sold a lotof equipment to guys who thought they needed a welder or plasma and now they are not being used and are back on the market..Stick to known major brands so you can get repairs and help with them if it is needed..

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A Suggestion........

If you are going to a welding school,DONT buy your welders,until youre finished school,by that time you will have a better idea of what brands of welders work best for you,buy the welders from a pawn shop,DO NOT buy a 110 welder,UNLESS you are only going to weld sheet metal,and ONLY buy a welder that(uses gas).wire feed leaves too much spatter.i bought a brand new Lincoln welder (220v) in the box for $250.00,at a pawn shop,at Home Depot,same welder was over $600.00.....Lincoln,Hobart and Miller,are ALL top brands...
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don't forget places like airgas/etc..
people are known to upgrade and use the smaller piece as a trade in..
cornwell/snap on/mac/etc also.. welding surply stores.. they may know someone thats is or just upgraded.. and has a smaller, starter unit..
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I would stay away from any Mig/plasma combo units. The way I see it is if it was a good idea Lincoln a Miller would be doing it. As far as a mig is concerned I would deffinatly go Red or blue. For a plasma I wouldn't buy anything but a hypertherm. Millers are a close second but all Hypertherm does is make plasma equiptment. They actually sell miller the parts to make ther torches ( there old technology). I have sold a pile of Hypertherms and have never had 1 complaint.

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im getting ready to purchase one of these.
Hobart Welders - Products - Plasma - AirForce™ 250ci
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im getting ready to purchase one of these.
Hobart Welders - Products - Plasma - AirForce™ 250ci
miller makes a nice one that runs on 110v &220
a 220 machine will be cheaper to run..
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