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07-06-2004 11:41 PM
crazy larry
Originally posted by bfr57
but occasionally will not feed wire properly, the rollers just spin and don't feed wire. Maybe the spool is messed up?
have you tried playing with the tension adjuster?
the liner could be worn in places...

[color=gold]Bigmac, congrats!!!! thats the best kind of welder to get.[/color]
07-06-2004 09:20 PM
BigMac Problem solved - I got a Lincoln Mig for Fathers Day.
06-02-2004 10:14 AM
Gearhead forever Yes Hobart was bought by Miller several years back. I've heard that Hobart has become the "low end Miller". Its still about getting what you pay for. Don't rule out Thermal-Arc or Esab if you come across those machines either. I'd rather buy a used 220v - 200A+ machine over any 120V machine any day. (mind you I use both regularly.)
05-30-2004 01:59 AM
77z After shopping for a while myself i found out something rather interesting from a friend who works at a auto parts store miller makes hobart welders, the hobarts are for sale by stores that dont sell / rent gasses.

I had a Lincoln 135 220v before upgrading to a miller 250 with aluminum gun the lincoln was nice for small work but the miller is by far the machine to buy if your doing lots of work. Welding 1/2" in a single pass is nice and not having to crack out the stick welder

05-24-2004 12:40 PM
unstable I didn't bother reading all of the replies, so if someone else already mentioned this...I apologize.

I don't have a ton of money to throw around, but I needed something to weld patch panels and whatnot. I seen sears sells the Hobard 125 at a reasonable price, so I went for it...didn't come with the gas hose, solenoid or regulator. I figured I could buy those things later when I wanted them/needed them and had more money to do it.

I've had the hobard for probably about a year now, and I really like it. I haven't had any problems with it. I used to visit the Hobard Weld forums all the time, and it's unbelieveable how great the service at Hobart/Miller is.

If I had to buy another machine, I'd definitely go Blue or Hobart. I can't speak for Lincoln, but I think they'd have a difficult time surpassing the customer service offered by Miller/Hobart.

Lastly, I ended up buying the gas kit for the 125 recently, cost me about $100 and I still haven't used it. Keep in mind that you're probably going to end up spending another $100-200 for the gas bottle and gas on top of whatever you pay for a welder.
04-30-2004 12:12 PM
bfr57 I also have a Hobart 135, 110V, that I bought from HF on sale. I was told by local welding company that Miller makes Hobart now. My hand wand has Miller written on it. It does a great job, but occasionally will not feed wire properly, the rollers just spin and don't feed wire. Maybe the spool is messed up?
04-28-2004 09:35 PM
dmc12mk3 I've got a Lincoln 135 Plus. I got it because of the portability issue. That and the fact that it will cut 5/16" in a single pass with the flux core wire. The continuously variable heat setting is absolutely necessary for fine bodywork. I didn't think my setup was too bad, the 135 plus was about $440 from and the bottle/extra wire and such was another $150. I learned pretty quick about welding carts though. Hard to make one too big. This is the second one I made (which is a little more complete today than it was in this picture) after realizing that I would like to be able to roll over drop cords and a welding table should be portable too.
04-21-2004 04:45 PM
Choosing a Mig welder

Hello Big Mack;

I know exactly whre you're coming from and will have mercy on whom I will have mercy...LOL!

You want the "Campbell Hausfield" Model WF2010 @ $199.00 and direct from the mfgr. (mine may have been ob sale, I don't remember).

I am an experienced three positin "Stick Welder" and I have agonized over all aspects of choosin my first Mig weldes before I finally made a choice. The "Duty Cycle" is just fine for home work.

With a stick welder you can do in one pass what would take three passes with the Mig but that just means the the finer work with the Mig becomes nore if a breeze.

A good starter unit that will get the job done and you can always sell it and move up to something else when you're ready, that's thae attitude I bought with, D.C. stick welders are just too expensive for one time major use, they are big tme while the Tig is small potatos, so the Mig is the best for the home (But I didn't say The Farm)...LOL!

Get the Campbell FW2010.

But now you say you rented one and want bigger? Bigger in what way? Duty Cycle? More fill per pass? More penetration? Maby you do want a stick welder! Mig is not heavy duty and Tig is even milder (like for body work as someone mentioned).
04-21-2004 02:03 PM
BigMac I don't think Rockwall has a rental dept. in thier store. You might call McKinney.
04-21-2004 09:48 AM
70chevy ok thanks i will check our local one out and then try rockwall and if worse comes to worse go all the way to dfw
04-21-2004 09:33 AM
BigMac I didn't buy the welder. And yes any Home Depot that has the rental dept should have a welder that you can rent. I rented the one I used at 121 and Preston Rd.
I have seen them in several rental sections of Home Depot.
04-21-2004 07:40 AM
70chevy big mac,
Do all home Depot's rent welders, or did you have a manger hookup? I need one bad and dont want to buy one. I am striking out everywhere i try to borrow or rent one! Just out of curiousity, are you looking to buy soon? If worse comes to worse, i have to buy one if your intersted in selling i am about 70 miles from dallas (assuming your actually in dallas) If the welder was in decent (working is all i need) then i would be intested in buying from you!!
04-20-2004 08:04 PM
BigMac Rented a small Lincoln last Dec. for $35 a day from Home Depot. The man said if I liked the welder, they could sell it to me for list less 10%. Not that bad of a deal since it looked like it had only been used a couple of times. I think I want a larger one.
04-20-2004 07:06 AM
70chevy yeah after my dad checked with friends and come up with nothing he told me to try that!! I had not even considered that. We have a pretty big United Rentals in town. Anyone know how much it would cost roughly for a weekend. SHould they come with the Argon already filled?
04-20-2004 05:39 AM
Huskinhano Is their anyplace locally you can rent one if push comes to shove? I know the local rental places by me rent them. Just a thought.
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