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Old 05-15-2008, 05:31 AM
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Which welder???

I'm kinda in flux right now. I am in the market for a new Mig welder but I am having trouble deciding which I should get:

The first one I looked at was the Hobart Handler 187 $650, nice welder but I also wold like to get a spool gun for it and those run around another $400. Total cost $1050 plus tax.


The next is the Lincoln 180c ($700 w/cart), now this is where I get a little complexed. The Home depot close by is closing up and they are having mega sales. They have a HD175 $500 that I can pick up at 20% off but I want a good welder and I'm not sure the difference between the 175 and the 180, beside the fact that the 180 is a constant voltage machine and the 175 is not. Now the spool guns for the 180 run about $200.

And then there are the Millermatics, the 180's are nice and the autoset's are going for about $800 w/cart and a spool gun is another $180.


I guess my biggest question is which welder would give me the most bang for the buck. I use them for light fab work in the shop and they don't really get abused too bad. But at the same time I'm looking for something that will hold up and I'll get my money's worth. Any advice or wisdom anyone could offer would be greatly appreciated....

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Old 05-15-2008, 07:16 AM
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Hi,
Welders have been beat to death here,
use the search button at the top of the page
type in MiG or welders.
I like the miller myself.
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I have a Miller 180, I like it alot. I use it almost everyday. I have had a little over a year..
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welders...

Hi,i have 2 lincoln welders,a 3200, 110 volt and a 155, 220 volt,both are very good machines,though ALL of the brand names are good machines. only buy a MIG,not a straight wire feed welder. stay FAR AWAY from the HF welder.
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I got out of the welding sales game several years back. Back then the Lincoln welders avaible @ H.D. were a home quality version of the industrial models... Might steel be the case?
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I have a Miller 175. Its a great welder. It does not like moving on asphalt or off road. Note the bent front wheel. The new cart took care of that.


One big draw back is a 100 ft extension cord is not cheap.



For just automotive work the 120 volt Miller 135 would be a better choice. Its easy to move and if you need an extension cord it will not be as expensive.

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Thanks guys for your input I really appreciate it, I actually am still up in the air on which one I want to get but I'm leaning towards the Lincoln 180C. I can get it shipped to my door for $700 and the spool gun takes all the same tips and nozzles as the standard gun. Thanks again........
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take the good deal on the lincoln 175. It is the older model. It is a good box and it sounds like the price is right.

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I'm kinda in flux right now. I am in the market for a new Mig welder but I am having trouble deciding which I should get:

The first one I looked at was the Hobart Handler 187 $650, nice welder but I also wold like to get a spool gun for it and those run around another $400. Total cost $1050 plus tax.


The next is the Lincoln 180c ($700 w/cart), now this is where I get a little complexed. The Home depot close by is closing up and they are having mega sales. They have a HD175 $500 that I can pick up at 20% off but I want a good welder and I'm not sure the difference between the 175 and the 180, beside the fact that the 180 is a constant voltage machine and the 175 is not. Now the spool guns for the 180 run about $200.

And then there are the Millermatics, the 180's are nice and the autoset's are going for about $800 w/cart and a spool gun is another $180.


I guess my biggest question is which welder would give me the most bang for the buck. I use them for light fab work in the shop and they don't really get abused too bad. But at the same time I'm looking for something that will hold up and I'll get my money's worth. Any advice or wisdom anyone could offer would be greatly appreciated....
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Steel:

You mentioned the need for a spool gun but you did not mention your welding aluminum, did I miss something? If so, you could consider getting a separate handle and put a new teflon liner in it and use it exclusively for aluminum. I have a HH187 and am considering going this route as opposed to a spool gun which I would hardly use. All of the welders you mentioned are worthy of consideration except the HF unit. Stick with quality welders as they really hold their values and are backed by terrific warranties.
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Old 06-06-2008, 04:51 PM
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Actually I ended up buying a Lincoln Power Mig 180T. It's a great machine. I thought about going the teflon liner route and I may just go that route at first, if I don't have any problems then I'll forget about the spool gun.
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