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What to look for in a MIG?

I am looking at the different models of MIG welders and wondering what type to buy. Should I spend the extra dough and get a 230 volt model or just stick with a cheaper 110 15 amp one?

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it depends what you are gonna use it for sheet metal a 110 will surfice heavy stuff most definitly 220 i pefer the miller brand myself .

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it's kinda like when it comes time to pick parts for an engine build. you have to ask yourself , what am i REALLY going to use this for. a 110 is nice because you can plug it in anywhere , or haul it to a buddies house if need be. but if you need to weld big stuff , you're better off with more power.
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If your looking for do occasional welding of parts IE: body panels, make a roll bar, frame connectors, etc you should go with a Miller 135 (or similar). I have 2 of these, one at home and 1 at work and they are great little machines. If you are looking to do production type work IE: longer weld times, heavier size structural stuff, you should step up to a 220V setup. The reason is that most of the 110V machines only have a 10% duty cycle. THat means for every minute you spend welding you should spend 9 minutes "resting" the machine to allow it to cool and not overload. Usually not a problem if your doing hobby type stuff (remember the 10% duty cycle is a manufacturer recommendation - so take it with a grain of salt)
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I had a 110 v century craftsman unit, it wasn't heavy enough to do any real frame work, etc, for anything structural, i wouldn't use anything less than 220v. in fact, i'm looking into these. If all you ever plan to do is sheetmetal, a 110 will do, but to do frame work, roll cages, things lives will depend on, i'd recommend a 220 unit. I'm even contemplating the little millermatic 175. it's 220v...... and less than $700......
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Get the 220v model, once you learn to weld with that 110v model you will wish you had the bigger one, it's money well spent.

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Get the 220v model, once you learn to weld with that 110v model you will wish you had the bigger one, it's money well spent.

Vince
absolutely! the 220 will do anything the 110 will & more. you won't realize all the things you'll do with a welder at home until you have one. you'd be limiting yourself. i've got a sp 175 + lincoln & love it. but if i had it to do over i'd get a 210 miller. buy as much machine as you can afford. it's kind of like building a shop. how often have you heard a guy say he built his too big!!
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