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Old 12-30-2003, 08:38 PM
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welders from wal-mart. wal-mart has a 120$ welder its called the handy welder is it worth the money and will it weld body panels and stuff like that?
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Old 12-30-2003, 09:31 PM
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without actually seeing it I'll say its a pos, save your money and buy a used miller or hobart.
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Old 12-30-2003, 09:57 PM
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save your money.

spend $120 now. then in a couple of years, your going to want the bigboy welder. spend the money once. i wish i had.
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The 120 one is probably a stick or arc welder, which is great for thicker stuff, but not so great for sheet metal. They do carry a mig welder, at least at my local store. If I recall the cheaper arc welder will not work so well for sheet metal, I think that the more expensive arc welder has more adjustments that will let you do some thinner stuff, but it is a 220 machine.

I have the 200 dollar mig/flux welder(you can get a kit to convert it to mig I believe), but don't have enough practice to say how good it is. But i picked it because it was 110 and would do sheet metal. I have 1 220 outlet in my house and it is for the drier. May see about getting a 220 line run in the basement as I am working on putting a shop in the basement. A 220 machine will do more but given the limitations I chose the 110 and also because of budget. You might look at a torch setup. Those are even more versitile. They will cut and do all of your welding chores.
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This was posted before and gives a lot of info for your needs:

http://www.autobodystore.com

Take a look around in there and they have some views on different equipment.

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I actually have the mig welder from walmart, its a flux core gasless its a pretty nice welder for a hobbyist, i wouldnt use it for a real body shop but for what I need it for it works great, It also has the option to conver it to gas.
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