Go Back   Great Lakes 4x4. The largest offroad forum in the Midwest > 4x4 Talk > Fabrication and body armor
GL4x4 Live! GL4x4 Casino







Search
Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old September 10th, 2008, 04:37 PM   #1
ppkaprince98
Size Matters (.)(.)
 
ppkaprince98's Avatar
 
Join Date: 02-20-08
Location: Hudsonville, Mi
Posts: 3,639
iTrader: (28)
Welder recommendations

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.

Chris
ppkaprince98 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old September 10th, 2008, 07:36 PM   #2
swi dog
yeah, its a barbie jeep
 
swi dog's Avatar
 
Join Date: 06-30-08
Location: hart mi
Posts: 474
iTrader: (0)
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
swi dog is offline   Reply With Quote
Old September 10th, 2008, 07:53 PM   #3
Tab
Senior Member
 
Tab's Avatar
 
Join Date: 11-05-05
Location: Freeland, mi
Posts: 4,698
iTrader: (29)
pick a color (red or blue) and get the biggest one you can afford. You'll be happy with either.
Tab is offline   Reply With Quote
Old September 10th, 2008, 08:23 PM   #4
jeeperbrian
GLFWDA member
 
Join Date: 11-20-06
Location: oakland county, mi
Posts: 2,675
iTrader: (14)
i personnally like the miller migs, if you want a stick i'd go lincoln.
jeeperbrian is offline   Reply With Quote
Old September 10th, 2008, 08:48 PM   #5
Blackjackbender
.
 
Join Date: 11-08-05
Location: Plymouth
Posts: 5,474
iTrader: (5)
hobart 175-187 if you are on a budget
Blackjackbender is offline   Reply With Quote
Old September 14th, 2008, 04:02 PM   #6
jsmtam90
Old School Jeeper Club
 
jsmtam90's Avatar
 
Join Date: 08-10-07
Location: Vicksburg,MI.
Posts: 990
iTrader: (20)
imo-since you already have 220v power to garage the
lincoln power mig 180c mig welder is a nice unit.
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	lincoln 180.jpg
Views:	62
Size:	2.6 KB
ID:	30790  
jsmtam90 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old September 14th, 2008, 04:32 PM   #7
Jesse-James
Midwest Mudslinger
 
Jesse-James's Avatar
 
Join Date: 05-21-08
Location: Milwaukee, WI
Posts: 1,074
iTrader: (4)
Quote:
Originally Posted by Tab View Post
pick a color (red or blue) and get the biggest one you can afford. You'll be happy with either.
x3.14
Jesse-James is offline   Reply With Quote
Old September 14th, 2008, 04:49 PM   #8
Yota Bill
Senior Member
 
Join Date: 08-24-08
Location: Morrice, Mi
Posts: 3,229
iTrader: (11)
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...
Yota Bill is offline   Reply With Quote
Old September 14th, 2008, 05:36 PM   #9
ksejeeper
woot
 
ksejeeper's Avatar
 
Join Date: 11-05-05
Location: Sparta Mi ,49345
Posts: 4,048
iTrader: (11)
Send a message via Yahoo to ksejeeper
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.
__________________
96 Xj
2012 Can-Am commander 1000 X for sale
2012 F150 SuperCab 44
ksejeeper is offline   Reply With Quote
Old September 14th, 2008, 05:51 PM   #10
300Grand
Senior Member
 
300Grand's Avatar
 
Join Date: 10-31-07
Location: Warren
Posts: 441
iTrader: (17)
X3 on the Hobart 187, great welder! It's basicly a Miller in drag. The gun even says Miller.
300Grand is offline   Reply With Quote
Old October 18th, 2008, 09:05 AM   #11
Jasper_Jpr
Northwest Ohio Crawlers
 
Jasper_Jpr's Avatar
 
Join Date: 02-08-07
Location: Jasper MI
Posts: 248
iTrader: (1)
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
Jasper_Jpr is offline   Reply With Quote
Old October 18th, 2008, 09:11 AM   #12
Jasper_Jpr
Northwest Ohio Crawlers
 
Jasper_Jpr's Avatar
 
Join Date: 02-08-07
Location: Jasper MI
Posts: 248
iTrader: (1)
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/

Last edited by Jasper_Jpr; October 18th, 2008 at 09:25 AM.
Jasper_Jpr is offline   Reply With Quote
Old October 18th, 2008, 09:24 AM   #13
brimy311
Smells like a Fork Liftis
 
brimy311's Avatar
 
Join Date: 11-05-05
Location: Kzoo, mi
Posts: 4,092
iTrader: (42)
Send a message via AIM to brimy311
Buy the biggest machine you can afford and if you have to, buy used!
__________________
JcrOffroad.com
Like us on Faceook!
brimy311 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old October 18th, 2008, 09:34 AM   #14
Jeepaholic
Axle Guru Extraordinaire
 
Jeepaholic's Avatar
 
Join Date: 04-08-06
Location: Owosso
Posts: 7,227
iTrader: (114)
Send a message via AIM to Jeepaholic Send a message via MSN to Jeepaholic
Quote:
Originally Posted by Yota Bill View Post
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.
Jeepaholic is offline   Reply With Quote
Old October 18th, 2008, 02:37 PM   #15
Nuzzy
likes him some Red Dog
 
Nuzzy's Avatar
 
Join Date: 06-27-07
Location: Allegan, MI
Posts: 2,272
iTrader: (3)
Buy the one brimy is selling in Misc for sale section.
Nuzzy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old October 18th, 2008, 05:35 PM   #16
cruiserjg
dodge man
 
cruiserjg's Avatar
 
Join Date: 06-23-07
Location: union city mi
Posts: 1,176
iTrader: (16)
Quote:
Originally Posted by Tab View Post
pick a color (red or blue) and get the biggest one you can afford. You'll be happy with either.
X2
cruiserjg is offline   Reply With Quote
Old October 19th, 2008, 03:04 AM   #17
ChevyRacer1981
Throw'in turtles........
 
ChevyRacer1981's Avatar
 
Join Date: 05-07-08
Location: Sagnasty / MI
Posts: 2,358
iTrader: (32)
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.
ChevyRacer1981 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old October 19th, 2008, 03:18 AM   #18
boggin-machine
Senior Member
 
boggin-machine's Avatar
 
Join Date: 01-11-06
Location: bay city
Posts: 11,627
iTrader: (31)
Quote:
Originally Posted by ChevyRacer1981 View Post
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.
boggin-machine is offline   Reply With Quote
Old October 19th, 2008, 07:23 AM   #19
feva4u
LCG
 
feva4u's Avatar
 
Join Date: 04-01-07
Location: Petoskey, MI
Posts: 10,091
iTrader: (11)
Quote:
Originally Posted by Nuzzy View Post
Buy the one brimy is selling in Misc for sale section.
X2, I have the same one and love it. I like his price better than mine too
feva4u is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply
Great Lakes 4x4. The largest offroad forum in the Midwest > 4x4 Talk > Fabrication and body armor
Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump



All times are GMT -5. The time now is 01:23 AM.


Powered by: vBulletin, Copyright 2000 - 2012, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Copyright 2005 - 2012 Cracker Enterprises - Powered by Linux
vB Ad Management by =RedTyger=
Page generated in 0.20108 seconds with 49 queries