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11-07-2009 05:40 AM
heathj1 My old man has a Century he bought new from TSC 110v flex core. When you are welding the flex core pops all the time, and the gun has power to it all the time even with the trigger not pulled. I would take hood off and look at work peice and toach vice or table and get a flash.....I bought a 220 Volt Lincoln on the bottle
11-05-2009 08:31 AM
matt167 Century is Lincoln's economy line. I belive originally marketed for Sears but now sold elsewhere also... my dad has a 110v 110 amp Century Arc welder that was bought new in 1991 and it's still working good but theres a big diffrence between an Arc welder and a Mig welder
11-04-2009 10:26 PM
Originally Posted by kilgorq
I have been looking around at some used ones and I found a Century that is made by Lincoln. He did not have the model but it is the 230v 180a version. It has a feed problem. It also has the Spot and Stitch feature. Should I stay away from Century or are they truly comparable to the Lincolns.

I would spend your money on a Lincoln or Miller 220.. I wouldn't mess with Century..
11-04-2009 10:16 PM
kilgorq I have been looking around at some used ones and I found a Century that is made by Lincoln. He did not have the model but it is the 230v 180a version. It has a feed problem. It also has the Spot and Stitch feature. Should I stay away from Century or are they truly comparable to the Lincolns.
11-04-2009 09:35 PM
Originally Posted by Chevrolet4x4s
I've had my 110v Clarke for a few years now,no problems whatsoever.

If you had a few more year's under your belt,, And made a weld one time with a ''Better'' machine,, Then you would understand what I'm getting at.. Shane.. I'm not trying to dis what you know by all means.. So don't take it the wrong way.. I just hate to see people try to save a $100.00 buck's in don't know there's a big difference.. Sorry.. I was lucky enough to weld with a lot of different machine's over a 25 + years period,,to be able to know there's a big difference.. But you have to like it.. Good luck..
11-04-2009 08:55 PM
Chevrolet4x4s I've had my 110v Clarke for a few years now,no problems whatsoever.
11-04-2009 08:55 PM
oldred Just did a quick search of the Clarke bankruptcy and it seems they are indeed available again. I am assuming these are the same Italian made machines as before since they look the same and they are still being sold under the Clarke name.
11-04-2009 08:47 PM
oldred That's the first time I have heard anyone complain about CLARKE. The two I know of locally are decent machines and the guys who own them both like them a lot, I had not thought much of them one way or the other until someone here told us how much he likes his. The local farmers Co-Op sold them here and after the thread about them I asked what those guys thought about them and it was the same story, two of the guys working there had them and both said they were very reliable. Last year I got to try the 220 volt version and it seems to be a very good machine, for the price I thought it to be quite impressive.
11-04-2009 08:17 PM
NEW INTERIORS Sorry but you couldn't give me a Clarke... And a close friend learned the hard way about them... And sad to say not long after he bought it, He gave it away.. Good luck if you buy one..

Spend a little more, And buy a real machine..
11-04-2009 08:14 PM
matt167 Theres a few sellers on Ebay selling remaining New Clarke welders produced b4 they went under..

I gotta buy a MIG here soon, cause I decided I'm not going to attempt welding my rat-rod body togther with my HF Flux core. I can weld sheetmetal with it, but it's dirty... looking at the Northern Tool welders, they appear identical to Hobarts. I might go with 1 of them
11-04-2009 08:10 PM
oldred Clarke went bankrupt less than a year ago so you can't buy a new Clarke, at least not by that name. Maybe someone else will pick them up, or maybe someone already has, and if so they seem to be a real bargain. It's disappointing really because they had just started to make a name for themselves and had developed a good reputation for performance and dependability at an unbeatable price.
11-04-2009 06:41 PM
Chevrolet4x4s Clarke makes a good mig/flux core,great warranty,affordable too.
11-04-2009 04:05 PM
S10 Racer
Originally Posted by kilgorq
I am fairly new to welding. I did some stick welding 20+ years ago. I recently got set up with a stick welder and realized after fighting it for a few hours that it just will not work for sheet metal. It works great for 1/8 to 1/4 tubing. I need to Get either a flux core or MIG with the gas. Obviously the gas set up costs a more so My question is what are the advantages to the gas over the flux core. I have been looking at several and due to a tight budget I am looking for inexpensive but not cheap. Can I get good results from the flux core or are the advantages of the gas worth the extra couple hundred dollars. Any recommendations on good priced reliable welders would be welcome also. And what to look for in features. What are the must haves and the not so important.
Definately get a gas welder, stay away from flux core for sheetmetal. Make sure you can buy all the consumables that you will need for whichever welder you go with. You will need tips, nozzles, liners and maybe diffusers. Most of these are readily available if you buy a name brand welder.
11-04-2009 03:01 PM
Schoust I'll chime in here. If I were you even though you say that you will only be welding a little,spend the money you won't regret it! I was in this very same predicament and ended up buying a used Century unit it's Ok but the new Lincoln's or Miller's are much better for a variety of reason's one being weight! The older units are HEAVY! Not to mention they are not as good at what they do period. I also would recommend the Hobart because as stated before they are the same as the National Brand that was mentioned and there cheaper over all. If money is the issue simply buy the unit and do not get the gas set up but make sure that it is capable of using it (gas) that is. I have a Bud who did this and saved a bit more and added the bottle a little later on when he had it. You won't regret doing it right. Overall the Mig with shielded gas (argon) is the very best way to go! I would not buy a flux core machine.....
Good Luck
11-04-2009 09:18 AM
oldred I did weld professionally for many years and always had heavy welding equipment to use but I still would have felt lost without my little 110 Lincoln! I did a lot of work outside and some jobs, one in particular that came up often, would have meant trying to string out many feet of heavy welding cable (sometimes nearly 150'). This job site had 120 volts available to power the lighting and some small cooling fans so I would just grab my little Lincoln with it's small gas bottle attached, climb on up there and have at it! The duty cycle was the only limiting thing here as we were welding machine guards and handrails so the metal was rarely over 1/8" thick but occasionally it would be as much as 3/8" which with a bit of preheating from a torch was no problem either. Those little Lincolns will weld about anything you are likely to tackle with proper procedure and preheating the base metal BUT it starts to get impractical even if it is possible if the job normally would take more than just a very few minutes using a bigger welder. It's up to the operator, if you have all day to do a normally small job and are willing to take the time and extra attention such as preheat and multi-pass welding then these small machines can do some things a lot of people think they can't do but as I said it starts to get impractical and can be a genuine PITA. NEVER buy a 110 machine thinking that these little tricks will make it work anywhere near as good as a larger machine and if the purpose will require welding more than just thin sheet metal for more than just VERY small jobs then you will need a bigger welder. The 110 MIGs can work just fine for body work and other thin metal projects and they can be used for heavier jobs in a pinch but the extra time and prep just makes them impractical for more than that, for instance you may be able to weld a shock mount bracket with proper prep and procedure but it would take a heck of a lot longer to do it and welding a frame just should not be undertaken with one of the little outfits.
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