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Old 08-02-2003, 06:52 PM
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wire feed vs mig

im just getting into welding and wanted to know the difference between wire feed and mig welding and which is better for sheet metal work
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Old 08-02-2003, 06:58 PM
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wire feed and mig are the same thing, there are differences in the gas shield or flux wire, the gas shield does a better job on sheet metal, less spatter, no slag.
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Old 08-02-2003, 07:03 PM
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I'd be weary of investing into one of the "GASLESS" wire feed machines. I seen one at sears today. This thing has NO provisions for hooking up shielding gas when you are ready for it.

I recommend a Hobart Handler 125..but get more of a machine if you can afford it.
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thats what im confused about i thought mig and wire feed are the same.
if the flux core wire feed is able to have gas hooked up later if wanted would it be a good machine to get?
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Old 08-02-2003, 08:19 PM
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-having the capabilities to run gas is a must.

It's also nice to be able to adjust wire feed speed and voltage. I seen the Sears machines had two switches...on/off and high/low. I can't see where this machine would be very effective in many shops. The machine wasn't very cheap either.

I recommend the Hobart because that's what I ended up buying, not only for the cost, but because Miller/Hobart is a very good company IMHO.

I think Northern Tool has the HH125 on sale right now for around $320.

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craftsman......

i have a craftsman mig, uses gas, has infinite heat control, infinite wire speed, can be converted to Al, max of 165 amps output @ 40% duty cycle...... sounds good, but the freaking wire gear drive is slipping...... took it apart, and i'd rather disassemble my tranny than to screw with that thing..... save up some money and get a lincoln, miller or hobart, at least 150 amps, infinite heat control is way better than a selector switch, TurboS10 has a hobart that has a heat selector, he hasn't had any problems with it......
i know ive recommended craftsman/century stuff in the past, but now recant that reccommendation......spend your money on a welder you won't have to replace.....
dont get flux shielded either.........
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Old 08-02-2003, 09:04 PM
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Id get Hobart too, best one I've used, better than Lincoln
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Well, my Lincoln is better than your Marquette!
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Back in 1982 I bought a "Linde" 160 gas mig, it has all the toys, spot, timer, stud gun etc. I don't know who the real manufacturer was but this thing has been thru every kind of abuse you can think of, it's been used as a production machine its been stored out in the weather for years and still welds like a new machine!
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MIG is wire feed with sheilding gas. I did my entire truck with my Hobart 175 Handler. In my opinion it is a great machine. It only has 4 heat ranges, but I have never had a problem making good welds. You can control heat through feed rate and rate of movment to an extent if the heat range is a bit hot.

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Here is a good article about MIG vs. TIG http://www.ridgenet.net/~biesiade/weld.htm

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