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Welder Needed

I am looking to buy a new welder for my restoration project. I am looking at a Hobart 180. Anyone have experience with this welder?

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I have no experience with that particular welder, but I have a 1985 Hobart 300 tig welder that is an awesome piece of equipment. It worked every day for 12 years in a production welding shop. I got it in 2000 and it has given me no problem at all since.

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Hobart is a good model. Make sure you get one that uses a bottle, not just flux core wire. If you're on a tight budget and the welds won't be seen, flux core is okay. If the welder is switchable between flux core and gas, that's the one you want! The polarity has to be changed when switching, usually just a switch inside or a wire to move from one terminal to another. The gas bottle is $125-$150 (small one) initially, under $50 to refill though, and lasts a long time. Gas welds are a lot smoother and require much less clean-up -- flux core splatters a good bit.

I have a cheap Campbell-Hausfeld unit that works okay for occasional welding, wouldn't want to use it on a daily basis where you're welding most of the day for weeks -- wouldn't hold up long. For hobby work it's great, and the Hobart is a bit better quality. A local rod shop here has a 180 that they use for tight spots, and used it exclusively for a year or two until they got a 220V model. No problems with it.
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I am looking to buy a new welder for my restoration project. I am looking at a Hobart 180. Anyone have experience with this welder?

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Clark VanBuskirk
Spend a little more money and get a Miller 175 or a little less and get a Miller 135

If you get a chance look at the differences in the wire roller and circuitry and the Miller is hands down better IMHO

What will you be doing with the welder? Sheet metal repairs, structural frame mods or repairs? Do you have 220v avail?
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Spend a little more money and get a Miller 175 or a little less and get a Miller 135

If you get a chance look at the differences in the wire roller and circuitry and the Miller is hands down better IMHO

What will you be doing with the welder? Sheet metal repairs, structural frame mods or repairs? Do you have 220v avail?
Thanks For this project I will Primarily do Sheet Metal and Body work, some small structural and Tool frames and brakets. I do not have 220 now, but will be adding a 220 Box and outlet in the near future.

Clark
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Thanks For this project I will Primarily do Sheet Metal and Body work, some small structural and Tool frames and brakets. I do not have 220 now, but will be adding a 220 Box and outlet in the near future.

Clark
I've got a Miller 135 that has argon/c02 gas and runs on 110v

It will weld up to 3/16" thick material on a single pass.

If you're not going to be doing anything like building a frame this model works nicely on sheet metal and the 110v makes it very portable...
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I have welded with the Hobart 180 and it's a nice machine for the money. It does come with the regulator for shielding gas. Hobart is a subsidiary of Miller but having said that they are competitors. Miller has a few more features in comparison to each machine. You can see on their website about the competition and Hobart is on there. Miller, Lincoln, Hobart, ESAB-Airco all good machines. The best advice I can give is buy the most duty cycle you can afford. At least 30% duty cycle. 220v is better but 115v is convenient. Miller does have a new model which runs on 115v or 220v called a Miller DVI and is a 175 amp machine. I haven't heard anything about how they weld yet.
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I just got one of these
http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...MEWN%3AIT&rd=1
I think it will last me a while and pretty much covers any type of welding I'll need. Of course Ill buy separate gas bottle for it
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