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Old 03-22-2005, 08:24 PM
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where to get cheap welder?

I was wondering where to get cheap good quality welder, i want something like Hobart or at least lincoln. checked ebay and theres $438 Hobarts shipped, kinda good deal but still too expensive, maybe spend $100 less on it. Any suggestions where I could get good deal.

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There's a truck load of post's in the Garage forum on ALL kinds of welders.

Only cheap welder you will get is one for flux core wire,which for body work is a travesty. You REALLY need the gas for good,nice welds.
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I was wondering where to get cheap good quality welder, i want something like Hobart or at least lincoln. checked ebay and theres $438 Hobarts shipped, kinda good deal but still too expensive, maybe spend $100 less on it. Any suggestions where I could get good deal.
I just got my Lincoln SP135 Plus Mig welder on Ebay from Indiana Oxygen Supply.
Best price and excellent service. They also sell all the supplies you would need.

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Its tough to get both quality and cheap in the same product unless you are very lucky. Why not wait a little while, save the extra hundred bucks and and buy a product you will be happy with for years to come. Just a thought.
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There's a post over in "garage" about a Henrob O/A welding unit. Just asking here how it works in case people missed it on the other site?
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There's a truck load of post's in the Garage forum on ALL kinds of welders.

Only cheap welder you will get is one for flux core wire,which for body work is a travesty. You REALLY need the gas for good,nice welds.


Why is the Flux core wire bad? I just got an electric welder to learn with and it has the fluxcore. I have welded on my firewall and I am still learning to use it am I wasting my time here?
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Flux vs Mig

The flux core wire runs a bit hotter than mig and has more of what we call "dig" so it is harder to use on thin metal..

learning on the flux core is a good thing as far as I am concerned as if or when one does go to mig one will really like it..The mig welds with a bit less heat so it is better and easier on thin metal..

Flux core works better on thicker sections..and is more dificult to learn to weld well with..once you have that down tho then using MIG is a walk in the park so to speak..

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So i can use this to replace metal on my Camaro, right? When I can afford it and I get better at welding I was planning on a good gas welder I didn't know the electric ones were not as good. I thought they just weren't as durable.
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Keep an eye on EBay, theres a few good used deals from time to time. I got a second hand Lincoln SP-125+, 1 big spool and 1 small spool of MIG wire, the gas regulator, FULL gas bottle, and cart for $425, brand new condition. Guy had a small welding business he was closing the doors on. That was really the only way I could afford it, having to buy everything new separately woulda cost like $1000+.
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Harbor Freight MIG = Toy at best

I bought the Harbor Freight MIG The Dual MIG model [ 220 VT ]

It lasted through 1 1/4 2 lb spools before the wire feeder fubared.

The pulleys are plastic, sort of replaceable, the gun is hard wired to
the machine, and part of plastic wire feeder. Technical support suggested I " Get it fixed somewhere, or throw it out " When it ran, the High Power setting
produced OK, not great welds, low power is worthless, Arc sputtered on both settings, huge disappointment, waste of $. Before buying any MIG , see if gun
is easily replaceable, ditto for wire feeder pulleys. IMHO, A used American Welder
beats the XXXX out of any Commie junk.

Machine lasted 93 days, Warranty lasted 90 days, Credit Card Dispute
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Check your local welding supply places. You'll be surprised the differences in prices. I bought a Miller a few months ago. Fortunately, I called around. I got it for $100 less because of that. There is that much difference from place to place. You may also find one that has been scratched or dented and save there. Home Depot and Lowes also have fairly good deals on them. The machine that I have has the inifnate voltage adjustment, and the ones at the Home Centers don't, but for at home, they would work well. You can also get them, where you can add the gas later, so it deferrs the cost a little. You can start with flux core, and upgrade later. I do that stuff sometimes to get it past the CFO. LOL

Aaron
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