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Old May 10th, 2011, 10:06 PM   #1
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Default Century 180 Mig - great price

This isn't CL or anything, and I have NO affiliation, I just came across it. Century 180 Mig $434 ($509 shipped) Thats about $100 cheaper than anywhere else! Just ordered one so I figured id post it up. Ive seen it for $699 some places!

http://weldingsupplyusa.com/index.ph...ted=1&Itemid=1

I actually just noticed, the same model without cart and gas kit, is actually more expensive.

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I didn't see a ton of reviews for this. How well does it do MIG wire?
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Old May 14th, 2011, 02:03 PM   #3
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Ihavent gotten mine yet but I've heard from a few people that's it's a great welder. Mine should be here this week then I gotta get a tank for it and I'll let ya know.
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ok sounds good, This looks like a perfect way to get into a decent welder for cheap.
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Holy heck the spool gun for this is cheep! I waiting your review Iam looking for a good welder to start a small welding and fab shop out of my garage.
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Well, when I researched welders, I of course checked out Miller and Lincoln. But when Iw as reading, I kept finding forum posts and such about Century. From what I could find is that they ( and most welders) are made in the same factory and just brand different names. Some century models built by Miller an some by Lincoln.

I read a lot of posts, made by people who claim to have been welding for many years and choose Century over the bigger names as well.
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thats a great price on a centary 180, but - it only come with a Flux-cored nozzle and hose line, you can't run gas through it, you will need to upgrade to a gas mig gun/hose and nozzle, for it to work with a bottle.
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thats a great price on a centary 180, but - it only come with a Flux-cored nozzle and hose line, you can't run gas through it, you will need to upgrade to a gas mig gun/hose and nozzle, for it to work with a bottle.
Why would they include a gas kit with it then? That is the same as how my miller was.
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After more research, you are right about the nozzle, but thats it. Everything else is included. The hose is already set up for MIG or FLUX, it comes with the adapter and hose and a nozzle is $8 (WTF they wouldn't just include that, who knows)

See below excerpt. Source http://www.centurytool.net/K2788_2_C..._p/k2788-2.htm

"The Century Wire Feed 180 Flux-Cored/MIG Wire Feed Welder built with the professional builder in mind. With five heat settings which allow you to weld from 24 ga. sheet metal up to 3/16” steel in a single pass , make this a nice step up from the basic unit giving you more flexibility and versatility. Welds 20ga. to 3/16" using Flux-Cored Wire in a single pass and to 5/16" in Multi Pass. Easily convert to MIG with the addition of SUPERARC® L-56 wire and MIG Nozzle (#KH725). Includes Welder Cart, 1 lb spool of .035 NR-211-MP flux-cored wire, 10 Ft. Gun and cable assembly, Regulator and Hose assembly, 10 Ft. Work cable and clamp, Spare contact tips, Flux-cored nozzle, Instruction manual, 10 Ft. Input cable with attached plug, Three-year warranty parts and labor, 90 days on gun and cable assembly."
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sounds like you have done the research dude, just didnt want to here, you blew yourself up, hope you enjoy your new mig , cheers
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sounds like you have done the research dude, just didnt want to here, you blew yourself up, hope you enjoy your new mig , cheers
No, good call. I went and double checked. I hadn't even noticed that. I thought everything was there, but didn't notice that the nozzle wasn't and I wouldn't have thought about it so thats good!

i was pretty sure it was all there. My buddy has a similar 120v model and his was the same.
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after checking your above link, yes yours comes with a hose/reg, but to run mig, you need a few more parts, like changing the hose liner inside your hose, for -25/30 solid mig wire, like this kit
http://www.centurytool.net/Mig_Conve...5_p/k610-2.htm
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after checking your above link, yes yours comes with a hose/reg, but to run mig, you need a few more parts, like changing the hose liner inside your hose, for -25/30 solid mig wire, like this kit
http://www.centurytool.net/Mig_Conve...5_p/k610-2.htm
The welder already has that. The hose is used for both. The same as my miller was. I used flux just fine, then used mig without having to change the hose liner. I just had the switch the solenoid in the welder itself.

The link I posted even says, it just needs the nozzle and different wire and after an hour of search (not to prove you wrong, but to reassure myself) I found this http://www.weldingmart.com/sitemedia...02010.pdf?seo=

which if you go down to the 180's specs it says exactly what is needed for mig. You need the gas kit (which is included in the model i got, but not the regular 180) wire, and a nozzle!

The kit you posted is for the 120v to change over to mig.
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Did you get your welder yet? If so how do you like it?
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Did you get your welder yet? If so how do you like it?
I got it. Looks nice. Power cord could definitly be longer. Thats my only complaint so far. It IS completely set up for mig, minus the cone. Nothing else needs to be added (well except for a tank)

Haven't welded with it yet. Went and got mig nozzle and a tank and gas but they were out of .30 mig wire (WTF right?) so I haven't had a chance to go back and get some. Been busy finishing the wiring in my garage and moving my 220v. I will be posting up as soon as I do get to weld with it.
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Finally got around to trying out the welder. Worked great! I put a new muffler on my XJ. Going to be building some bumpers soon so i'll have some more tests for it, but it worked good. Granted I haven't welded in almost 2 years and it took be a bit to get my settings right like any first time use welder but it worked well for thin gauge on the lowest setting. I'm definitly happy with it!
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