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Old 01-19-2005, 09:20 AM
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What kind of welder do I need?

Hi people, I need to buy a welder and there are a ton of them out there.
I need one that I can do light frame work (motor mounts, crossmembers, etc) & that won't break the bank but yet a reliable namebrand.
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Old 01-19-2005, 11:00 AM
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Welding equipment

I have a 110 volt Lincoln wire feeder that I have gotten a good service out of for many years..Saying that tho I would reccommend going one step up and getting the 220 volt version..

This is like the SP175 model..one of those will weld just about anything that needs to be done around a car..

Just how spendy is spendy?? You may wish to look into one of the small TIG units..they are more money but those things are so much more versatal..

Since a good welder will last for many years it pays to get a good one and you will be much happier..

As far as price my local welding supply house can match price with the online guys and you will need to have someplace to get the consumables that you will be needing..

just my thoughts on this..happy shopping

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Very hard to beat a Millermatic 175.

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i have a sp100 wire feed lincon welder.it is about ten years old and miles of wire have ran thru it..if you plan on doing sheet metal work with it make sure you can turn it down far anouf my is also a 110 volt.
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Been looking at a Milllermatic 135, it's around 530 or so. Would a 110 unit do frame stuff though?
sorry to be asking nimrod type questions, just never learned to weld
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Thats legit

I have a 110 and it sometimes is a bit lite for frame stuff..I do make it work but I think you woudl be better served with the Millermatic 175..it is a 220 volt machine and will give better penetration on the heavier metal..

Any of the big three..Miller Lincon or Hobart will do you fine..And you will still be using one of those 20 years from now so the invesment in a good one is well worthwhile..

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Thanks a bunch, Looks like I'll be saving again
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Miller cracker box welder

Pretty much any older type stick welder will do the trick. Most can be found in garage sales for around 100 bucks.

Come on up and I will teach you how to weld in one day.

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And yet another one rises from the ashes of the past! He asked that question over three years ago so I think he probably has it figured out by now.
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And yet another one rises from the ashes of the past! He asked that question over three years ago so I think he probably has it figured out by now.
Sorry, I was funning with him. He is my Oldest Son.
I don't think he ever got a welder and the truck he is working on was his great grandfathers on his mothers side. I bought it, made a street rod out of it and then gave it to him.
It had set for about 15 years and when parked, needed more work.
Now he is wanting to pull it down to the frame and do a frame up resto on it, and make it nicer.
Back in the early days when the dragsters needed pushed, it was one of the Push trucks.

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No problem, I was just pointing out it was an older post so that anyone else who wants to reply will know before they do. Nothing at all wrong with bringing up an old post as long as everyone is aware of it and handles it accordingly. Sometimes someone will put in a lot of effort to help someone else with a problem only to discover the problem was from years earlier.
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