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Old September 10th, 2008, 05:37 PM   #1
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I would like some info from you guys (the fabricators) on a purchasing a welder. I have started to look into them little knowing that soon I will be buying one for the garage for the Jeep. I am thinking a mig welder and I have 220V already run to my garage. Give me some recomendations of welders and things to look for when buying.

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i have a hobart 187 mig with gas i bought it at tractor supply it is user frendly and will weld everything you need to weld i believe it was around $700 its alot of money but worth it
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pick a color (red or blue) and get the biggest one you can afford. You'll be happy with either.
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i personnally like the miller migs, if you want a stick i'd go lincoln.
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hobart 175-187 if you are on a budget
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imo-since you already have 220v power to garage the
lincoln power mig 180c mig welder is a nice unit.
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I have a Hobart 140 (yes, its a 20A 110 machine) that I bought before I bought the new house, and didnt have 220 available in the old place (wasnt going through the work of adding it in a rental)..I like the welder, it has always worked good, and I dont have a problem welding up to 1/4" or 3/8" material...of course, I take the extra time to gouge and run multiple passes alot of the time, and have to pay attention to the duty cycle, but I have ran it well past its rated duty cycle without any problems...
I do intend on getting a better 220 machine, and it will also be a Hobart (unless I find a good deal on something else), but I'll still keep this one around, possible set it up to run just aluminum (I never do any big structural aluminum stuff anyway, and I hate spool guns)

for the money, Hobart machines are the way to go...
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I have the hobart 187, and like it vary much. its made by miller so finding parts for it will be easy. welding with it is vary easy, and it lays a nice bead of weld. I got mine from northern tool for like 650 with free shipping.
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X3 on the Hobart 187, great welder! It's basicly a Miller in drag. The gun even says Miller.
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I have the model prior to the Hobart 187 mine is the 180. They also now have a 210 suitcase model if you think you need the extra amperage Our Miller rep at work told me they come down the same line as the Miller they just put the grey or blue cover on depending which one they need to fill orders. I love it and use it more than my big setup. (Big set up is a Ranger GXT gen/weld with a LN25 wire feeder attachment) It has the small gun witch makes tight areas easier to get to. Usually about now Tractor Supply will have them in a special kit for Christmas. Mine was one of these kits. These kits will have a cart a small gas bottle auto darkening helmet a couple spools of wire and spare consumables and I think gloves. My kit was like $50/$75 more than just the welder well worth the extra $$ for the kit
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Found this it may help

http://www.lincolnelectric.com/knowl...wirefeeder.asp

This is a nice book also

https://ssl.lincolnelectric.com/linc...prodnum=C4.200


Name brand links

http://www.lincolnelectric.com/

http://www.hobartwelders.com/

http://www.millerwelds.com/

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Buy the biggest machine you can afford and if you have to, buy used!
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I have a Hobart 140 (yes, its a 20A 110 machine) that I bought before I bought the new house, and didnt have 220 available in the old place (wasnt going through the work of adding it in a rental)..I like the welder, it has always worked good, and I dont have a problem welding up to 1/4" or 3/8" material...of course, I take the extra time to gouge and run multiple passes alot of the time, and have to pay attention to the duty cycle, but I have ran it well past its rated duty cycle without any problems...
I do intend on getting a better 220 machine, and it will also be a Hobart (unless I find a good deal on something else), but I'll still keep this one around, possible set it up to run just aluminum (I never do any big structural aluminum stuff anyway, and I hate spool guns)

for the money, Hobart machines are the way to go...
Same reason I bought the Miller DVI, only had 110v but knew I was going to have 220v someday. Has welded everything I have needed to.
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Buy the one brimy is selling in Misc for sale section.
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Doesn't Miller make a machine that is 220v or 110v?? I think Miller or Lincoln does. Hobart uses Miller Tough Guns for leads or Rough Necks. I've used both and I like the Bernard Centerfire gun over them.
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Doesn't Miller make a machine that is 220v or 110v?? I think Miller or Lincoln does. Hobart uses Miller Tough Guns for leads or Rough Necks. I've used both and I like the Bernard Centerfire gun over them.
yes its the miller dvi2 good machine. buddy has one and as stated so does 99tj. i almost bought one myself. im gonna hold out for a bit longer.
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X2, I have the same one and love it. I like his price better than mine too
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