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Old 09-22-2003, 05:42 PM
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What mig welder to buy???

I am getting ready to install a heist crossmember in my 53 chevy and my son and I were wondering how powerful of a mig welder we will need to do a good job especially considering I will be welding to the frame? I have faith in my welding ability but we are unsure which would be best to have around the shop for all uses?? And of course money is also a factor :o) Thanks for any help or ideas. Would a Lincoln Mig 135 work??
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Old 09-22-2003, 06:26 PM
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Check the welder specs, if it will weld 1/8" mild steel its OK. If the 135 is the output rating it will be plenty good for fab work, I've had an old 160 Linde for over 20 years and it welds 3/8" well.
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Lincoln 135+

A welding teacher I talked to told me that the 135+ is the way to go. He says it draws a lot less current than the 135.
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I'm currently enrolled in school for welding and I have to say, Miller wire feeds are the only way to go
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I have a lincoln sp100 that I've had for 10 years now and I'd be lost with out it.the new version is called weldpac10.I highly recomend it to every one.also use mig gas instead of flux core wire,your welds will turn out better.
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Old 09-22-2003, 10:41 PM
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I just wanted to make sure that the one we purchase is strong enough to burn through frame. The welders I normally use are industrial ones at the shop and it is not possible to get the truck there to do it. If the Lincoln 135 is sufficient then that's the way I am heading unless there are any other ideas?
We appriciate the info and advice.
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Old 09-23-2003, 01:02 AM
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Hey Mario/Tyler...long time no see/hear! How is everything going with the '53? Still over at ELP? Send me a PM sometime and let me know if you need any help or not. Also, check out my photo album(click my avatar) and let me know what you think of my newest project.
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what kind of welder

i would have to say miller mig welders are by far the best im going to a community college working on my 2 year associates degree in welding and miller mig welders is all we use and a few lincoln welders but we have the most luck with miller the model 175 has a range of about 35 175 amps and weighs about 75 pounds and costs about 750 dollars and you can weld up just about anything its built very sturdy. Thats what i would purchase if i was buying a mig welder.
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Old 09-23-2003, 06:41 PM
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230 volt

What ever brand you decide on I would reccomend getting a 230 volt input welder. They are more consistent and weld smoother with better penetration on heavier metals. Frame work needs the best equipment you can afford......GlennK
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at the shop we use a hobart 175..from sheetmatal to 3/8" plate it has not let me down ....
definatly get a 220 unit.
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Rule of thumb in welders, you get what you pay for. I learned that the hard way


Personally i like Millers, but i'm sure there are other good brands out there.
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Yes,
I have heard alot about miller but, at work we use Lincoln and they have impressed me but, those are also industrial size and I am not sure what their smaller versions are capable of. It sure sounds like I am on a misssion
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Old 09-24-2003, 07:13 AM
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First off- it makes me happy that you are concerned enough to work with your son and teach him about working on cars!!! The future depends on people like you! I use a MacTools welder for sheet and frame/ wire feed-gas. It has good penetration and can be set easily (not sure of the model#) It ran about $500 several years ago. (just my $.02!)
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I bought a Millermatic 175 back in July just to build an exhaust and repair some sheetmetal on my truck.You definitely get what you pay for.I absolutely love this welder! It took me 2 months just to get around to fabing my exhaust because of all the welding that i have been doing for everyone else.My welder costed me $668 out the door and another $150 for tank of c-25 and auto darkening helmet.To date i have made and saved over $1900 with the welder, so its definitely paid for itself.A welder is just like anyother tool, you get what you paid for.Sure you can buy a cheap one to do the job, but like cheaps tools, They usually quit or break on ya when you atleast expect it and you now have junk. Do a search on google for some welding boards, there are a few out there. I like Welding Talk the best.Even though its a Hobart site, They are veruy unbiased about brands. This is the first welder that i have ever owned, and I like the warranty that Miller offers. There are some very good welders out there. Definitely go with a 230v welder, you will not regret it.......Jay
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Thanks for the advice on the millermatic I will try to get some pics of the progress as it comes along and my wife stepped in and agreed not to go cheap also which shocked me
Thanks once again,
Mario and Tyler
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